Famous Physicians from Nigeria
List of notable or famous physicians from Nigeria, with bios and photos, including the top physicians born in Nigeria and even some popular physicians who immigrated to Nigeria.
If you’re trying to find out the names of famous Nigerian physicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physician from Nigeria is included when available.
Owens Wiwa and Samuel Manuwa are included on this list.
This historic physicians from Nigeria list can help answer the questions “Who are some Nigerian physicians of note?” and “Who are the most famous physicians from Nigeria?” These prominent physicians of Nigeria may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they’re all respected Nigerian physicians.
Use this list of renowned Nigerian physicians to discover some new physicians that you aren’t familiar with.
1. Crispin Adeniyi-Jones
Crispin Curtis Adeniyi-Jones was a Nigerian medical doctor of Sierra Leonean heritage and the pioneer director of the Yaba asylum. He became one of Nigeria’s foremost nationalist as a member and later president of the Nigerian National Democratic Party. He was also a longtime member of the legislative council of Nigeria and served in the council from 1923-1938. Apart from his political activities, he also teamed up with Winifred Tete-Ansa of the National Congress of British West Africa to formulate economic policies to alleviate some of the emerging economic problems in colonial West Africa. …more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 81 (1876-1957)
2. Aminu Safana
Aminu Shuaibu Safana was a Nigerian politician who represented the Batsari/Safana/Danmusa constituency of Katsina State in the House of Representatives. A doctor by training, Safana was a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University and the Universities of Leeds and London. He had been a confidant of President Umaru Yar’Adua, and had served as secretary of Katsina State’s government while Yar’Adua was governor. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He was a People’s Democratic Party member and chairman of the house’s Committee on Health. On October 17, 2007, Safana collapsed on the assembly’s floor; he was pronounced dead the same day at the Abuja National …more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 46 (1961-2007)
3. Bankole Johnson
Bankole A. Johnson, DSc, MD, MPhil, FRCPsych is a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist throughout Europe and the United States who served as Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Johnson’s primary area of research expertise is the psychopharmacology of medications for treating addictions, and he is well known in the field for his discovery that topiramate, a gamma-aminobutyric acid facilitator and glutamate antagonist, is an effective treatment for alcoholism. Professor Johnson also received national media attention for his appearance in the Home Box Office original documentary feature, …more on Wikipedia
4. Christopher Okojie
Christopher Okojie was a Nigerian doctor, nationalist and was leader of the Mid-West regional House of assembly from 1964-1966. He was a former Health minister and president of the Nigerian Medical Association. As minister, he was instrumental in pushing ahead a National Insurance Health Scheme. …more on Wikipedia
5. Frederick Fasehun
Dr. Frederick Fasehun is a Nigerian medical doctor, hotel owner and leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress. The OPC is Yoruba-based organization formed to actualize the annulled mandate of Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, a Yoruba who won the presidential election of June 12, 1993 but was barred from office. Fasehun was imprisoned for 19 months from December 1996 to June 1998 during the military rule of Sani Abacha, only ending 18 days after Abacha’s death. …more on Wikipedia
6. Ishaya Audu
Ishaya Sha’aibu Audu was a Nigerian doctor, professor, and politician. A Hausa Christian, he served as Minister of External Affairs from 1979 to 1983 under Shehu Shagari. …more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 78 (1927-2005)
7. Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello
Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello is the daughter of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Oluremi Obasanjo. …more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Lagos, Nigeria
8. Obadiah Johnson
Dr. Obadiah Johnson born in Freetown, Sierra Leone was a Creole who was the second Nigerian to qualify as a medical doctor, and the author with his brother the Reverend Samuel Johnson of A History of the Yorubas from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the British Protectorate. Johnson was of a liberated African or recaptive family that was originally from Nigeria and claimed to be an Omoba of the Kingdom of Oyo. Obadiah was the second Nigerian ever to qualify as a medical doctor. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School with an M.B., C.M. degree in 1886 and his M.D. in 1889. From 1890-1897 he was the Chief Medical Officer in Lagos. Although this achievement of his was… …more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 71 (1849-1920)
Birthplace: Freetown, Western Area Urban District, Sierra Leone
9. Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun
Professor Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun, 1935–1995, was a researcher and neurologist from Okemesi, Ekiti State, Nigeria. Known for discovering the cause of ataxic tropical neuropathy, he was a founding member of the Pan African Association of Neurological Sciences and an early advocate and researcher on tropical neurology. …more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 60 (1935-1995)
10. Oni Emmanuel Idigbe
Oni Emmanuel Idigbe is the immediate past Director General of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria. He became the substantive Director General in 2000 after acting in that capacity from 1999. His area of Research is in tuberculosis and HIV infection. He has published over 65 scientific papers in both Local and international peer review journal in this subject area. …more on Wikipedia
11. Owens Wiwa
Monday Owens Wiwa is a medical doctor and human rights activist. He is the brother of executed Ogoni leader Ken Saro-Wiwa, and the son of Ogoni chief Jim Wiwa. Wiwa is an internationally renowned expert on the effects of globalisation, especially as it relates to the highly controversial business practices of Royal Dutch Shell in the Niger Delta. Vice-chairman of the Toronto chapter of the Sierra Club Canada and an active member of Amnesty International, Wiwa is frequently called upon to advocate for development programs in Canada and abroad and to campaign for increased corporate responsibility. This work has taken him to Ireland, which he visits in support of the Shell to Sea campaign. Cur… …more on Wikipedia
12. Samuel Manuwa
Sir Samuel Layinka Ayodeji Manuwa, CMG, OBE was a pioneering Nigerian surgeon, Inspector General of Medical Services and former Chief Medical Adviser to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He was the first Nigerian to pass the FRCS and he graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1934. In 1966, he was elected president of the World Federation for Mental Health. During his lifetime he served as a Nigerian aristocrat, holding the chieftaincy titles of the Obadugba of the Ondo clan, the Olowa Luwagboye of the Ijebu clan and the Iyasere of the Iteba Lineage, all of the south-western region of the country. As Inspector General of Medical Services, he contributed immensely to the establishment … …more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 73 (1903-1976)
Birthplace: Ondo State, Nigeria