Akinkugbe: Tears as Nigeria’s first professor of medicine dies at 87

Akinkugbe: Tears as Nigeria’s first professor of medicine dies at 87

- Nigeria's first professor of medicine, Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, is dead

- The late university don died on Monday, June 15, in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state

- Akinkugbe was a one-time chairman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)

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Professor Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, the first professor of medicine to be appointed by any African University died in Ibadan at the age of 87 after a brief illness.

The Nation reports that Akinkugbe, who was a foremost Nigerian professor breathed his last on Monday, June 15.

Legit.ng gathered that he studied and taught at some of the world’s most prestigious universities, including the University of London, Balliol College, University of Oxford England and Harvard Medical School Boston, USA.

He was the chairman, Vesta Healthcare Partners and chairman of the Presidential Projects Implementation Committee (PPIC) on the refurbishing of teaching hospitals in Nigeria.

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He was also a chairman of the board of management of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria and a one-time chairman of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Akinkugbe: Tears as Nigeria’s first professor of medicine dies at 87

Nigeria's first professor of medicine, Professor Oladipo Olujimi Akinkugbe, died on Monday, June 15, in Ibadan.
Source: UGC

He also served as pro-chancellor, University of Port Harcourt; was a former vice-chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria; a former vice-chancellor, University of Ilorin; and a former dean of the faculty of medicine, University of Ibadan.

Before hanging the stethoscope, Akinkugbe practised medicine for 60 years. During the period, he pioneered the establishment of two critical clinics, one in hypertension and the other in renal disorders at the UCH, Ibadan. Both clinics were firsts in Africa.

After retirement, Akinkugbe established his own clinic, the Ibadan Hypertension clinic, which he managed for 20 years.

The family is yet to make an official statement.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a senator representing Lagos East at the Senate, Sikiru Bayo Oshinowo popularly called Peperito died on Monday, June 15, after suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

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It was reported that Oshinowo's death came as a rude shock to many people especially those who have a close acquaintance with the late senator in Lagos.

Before he got a political promotion into the Senate in 2019, the late lawmaker was a member of the Lagos state House of Assembly between 2003 and 2019.

Although the late senator could not spend more than one year at the red chamber before he answered his creator's call, there are some things to know about Oshinowo.

Oshinowo was a close ally of the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

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