ObituaryWole Soyinka Loses Younger Brother, Femi

Professor Femi Soyinka, the younger brother of Nigerian Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, is dead.

According to a statement by his family, Soyinka, a former Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, died in the early hours of Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at his home in Kukumada Village, Ibadan, Oyo State at 85.

Soyinka, who received a 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, worked in the academia for 30 years, holding various positions from Chief Medical Director to Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Provost of the College of Health Sciences of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

He was a renowned researcher who was 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.

Prof. Soyinka also pioneered several types of research in the field of HIV/AIDS and worked as a consultant to various international and local agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO), Department for International Development (DFID), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health where he was in the forefront of mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

The family has yet to announce his burial arrangements.

By Ezinwanne Onwuka (Senior Reporter)

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