Soyinka Dies @ 85


A topflight researcher, leading academic from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, and one the Nigeria’s academic pride, Professor Femi Soyinka has passed on at the age of 85.

Professor Soyinka died in Ibadan Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the family.

The statement read, “The Soyinka Family of Ake/Isara Ogun State has announced the passing on of thier father, grandfather, great grandfather, Uncle Professor Femi Soyinka, which occured in the early hours of Tuesday 14 June 2022 at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

Born in 1937, Professor Femi Soyinka received a medical degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Heidelberg, 1964 and Doctor of Medicine degree from same University in 1965. He specialized and practiced as Dermatologist, Venereologist and Allergologist at the University of Giessen, 1969.

In 1972, he obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Hadessah Medical School (MPH), isreal. He worked in the academic feild for 30 years, holding various positions from Chief Medical Director to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the provost of College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

He was also involved in extensive research work on Tropical diseases and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in collaboration with the federal government, international donor agencies, and organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, DIFD, the British Council and the International Development Research Centre, Canada.

Professor Soyinka is the younger brother the Nobel Laurate, Professor Wole Soyinka


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