Professor Soyinka Is Dead

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

Former Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Professor Femi Soyinka, has passed.

Stonix News reports that Femi is the younger brother of Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel laureate.

A statement issued by the Soyinka Family of Ake/Isara, Ogun State, stated that Mr Soyinka, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, died at 85 in the early hours of Tuesday at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.

He was born in 1937 and obtained a Medical degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBchB) from University of Heidelberg, 1964; and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the same University in 1965.

Professor Soyinka was specialised and practised as a Dermatologist, Venereologist and Allergologist at the University of Giessen,1969.

In 1972, he obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Hadassah Medical School, (MPH) Israel.

He was an outstanding academic for 30 years, garnering 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 ex-tensive research work on Tropical Skin Diseases and Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in collaboration with the Federal government, international donor agencies and organizations such as the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, the British Council; and the International Development Re-search Centre, Canada.

He was involved in several researches in the field of HIV/AIDS as leader, and worked as consultant to various international and local agencies including the World Health Organization, DFID, UNDP and Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health based on his extensive experience on the subject in various parts of the country.

Burial arrangements are still being awaited from the family.

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