Oladele Adebayo Ajose, a pioneering public health expert in Nigeria

Oladele Adebayo Ajose (1907-1978), born into the Royal House of Oba Ologunkutere of Lagos, came to the University of Glasgow to study medicine in 1927. He gained an MB, ChB in 1932, a Diploma of Public Health in 1935, and was also awarded an MD in 1939.

His exceptional career included being appointed Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine (1948) at University College, Ibadan, the first Black African to hold a Chair there; Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1958 to 1959; and from 1961 until 1966, Vice Chancellor of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo) University.

The founder of the British Red Cross Society in Nigeria, the Infectious Disease Hospital in Lagos, and the Ilora Health Centre, Ajose was also the first President of the Nigerian branch of the British Medical Association (later the Nigerian Medical Association).  He was appointed OBE in 1961.

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