Femi Soyinka died at the age of 85. He was a well-known professor of Dermatology, Venereology, and Clinical Immunology.
In a statement signed by the son of the person who died, Ayodele Soyinka, on behalf of the family, it was said that burial plans would be made public later.
Femi Soyinka’s wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will carry on after him.
On Femi Soyinka’s profile, it says, “Born in 1937, Professor Femi Soyinka got his MBChB in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Heidelberg in 1964 and his MD from the same school in 1965. In 1969, he went to the University of Giessen to study and work as a Dermatologist, Venereologist, and Allergologist.
“He got a Master of Public Health from Hadassah Medical School in Israel in 1972.
“He worked in education for 30 years, holding different jobs like Chief Medical Director, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, and Provost of the College of Health Sciences at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
“He also did a lot of research on Tropical Skin Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) with the Federal government, international donor agencies, and groups like the World Bank, UNDP, DFID, the British Council, and the International Development Research Centre in Canada.
“He did some of the first research on HIV/AIDS and worked as a consultant for many international and local organizations, such as the World Health Organization, DFID, UNDP, and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, because he had so much experience with the subject in different parts of the country.
“Prof. Femi Soyinka was one of the first people to work to lessen the effects of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria. By putting the results of his research into practice in the clinic. He had a big effect on the lives of many people and families living with the disease, as well as on the country as a whole.
“He started the Ambassador of Hope program in Nigeria to help people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) speak out. This brought much-needed attention to the disease at a time when people didn’t know much about it and the stigma was high.
“He also had technical knowledge and was involved in many other HIV/AIDS programs, such as HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and support, preventing mother-to-child transmission, ARV programs, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT), and home-based care for PLWHAs in Nigeria.
“After that, through his non-governmental organization, New Initiative for the Enhancement of Life and Health (NELAH), formerly known as Network on Ethics/Human Rights, Law, HIV/AIDS-Prevention, Support and Care, he made a big difference in building up the skills of local organizations in all six of Nigeria’s political zones (NELA). He used to be president of the Society for AIDS in Africa, and in 2005, he ran the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) in Abuja, Nigeria, very well.
What do you know about him? May His Perfect Soul Rest In Peace.
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