Former Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State, southwest Nigeria, Professor Femi Soyinka is dead.
It was gathered that the late Professor Soyinka was the younger brother of Professor Wole Soyinka, the 1986 Nobel laureate in Literature. In a family statement, Soyinka died at 85 in the early hours of Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan in Oyo State, southwest Nigeria.
Professor Femi Soyinka was born in 1937, and obtained a Medical degree in Medicine and Surgery MBChB from the University of Heidelberg, in 1964; and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the same University in 1965. He specialized and practised as a Dermatologist, Venereologist, and Allergologist at the University of Giessen, in 1969.
In 1972, the late Professor Soyinka obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Hadassah Medical School, (MPH) Israel.
The Soyinka Family of Ake/Isara, Ogun State, has proclaimed the passing of their father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and uncle Professor Femi Soyinka, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at his home on Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State.
Professor Soyinka 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 extensive 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 Research Centre, Canada.
He was involved in many kinds of analysis in the field of HIV/AIDS as a leader and worked as a consultant to diverse 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.
Professor Soyinka is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.