By Bode Akinbode, ibadan
A renowned medical practitioner and academic, Emeritus Professor, Oladipo Akinkugbe is death in Ibadan on Monday at the age of 87.
A family source stated that the late Akinkungbe had been sick for some time.
According to the source, he was initially flown to Germany for treatment but returned last week.
“He got worse yesterday and died at his son’s house. The son had to take him to his house at Onireke in Ibadan for care,” the source said.
Akinkugbe was born on July 19, 1933 in Ondo town, Ondo State.
He attended Government College, Ibadan, where he established himself as an undisputed leader in the science subjects.
He gained admission into the University College,Ibadan in 1951, to begin his study of medicine.
After passing his 2nd MB examination in 1955, he was posted to University of London [the Royal London Hospital] for his clinical studies, where he obtained his MBBS of London in 1958. He obtained a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the University of Liverpool in 1960.
In 1961, Akinkugbe took an appointment with Government Specialist Hospital, Adeoyo, Ibadan. He became a lecturer at the Department of Medicine, University of Ibadan in January 1965.
Professor Akinkugbe’s brilliant academic career saw him became Professor of Medicine in 1968, Dean Medicine, 1970 – 74, and eventually Head of Medicine.
He has practised and taught medicine in various reputable universities across the world. He was the pioneer Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin. Also, he was pioneer Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He was instrumental to the opening of the famous hypertension and renal clinics at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.