Famous Physicians from Nigeria

List of notable or famous physicians from Nigeria, with bios and photos, including the top physicians born in Nigeria and even some popular physicians who immigrated to Nigeria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Nigerian physicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physician from Nigeria is included when available.

Owens Wiwa and Samuel Manuwa are included on this list.

This historic physicians from Nigeria list can help answer the questions "Who are some Nigerian physicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicians from Nigeria?" These prominent physicians of Nigeria may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Nigerian physicians.

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  • Crispin Curtis Adeniyi-Jones (1876–1957) was a Nigerian medical doctor of Sierra Leonean heritage and the pioneer director of the Yaba asylum. He became one of Nigeria's foremost nationalist as a member and later president of the Nigerian National Democratic Party. He was also a long-standing member of the legislative council of Nigeria and served in the council from 1923-1938. Apart from his political activities, he also teamed up with Winifred Tete-Ansa of the National Congress of British West Africa to formulate economic policies to alleviate some of the emerging economic problems in colonial West Africa.
    • Age: Dec. at 81 (1876-1957)
  • Aminu Shuaibu Safana (April 1961 – October 17, 2007) was a Nigerian politician who represented the Batsari/Safana/Danmusa constituency of Katsina State in the House of Representatives.A doctor by training, Safana was a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University and the Universities of Leeds and London. He had been a confidant of President Umaru Yar'Adua, and had served as secretary of Katsina State's government while Yar'Adua was governor.He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2003, and was reelected in 2007. He was a People's Democratic Party member and chairman of the house's Committee on Health. On October 17, 2007, Safana collapsed on the assembly's floor; he was pronounced dead the ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 46 (1961-2007)
  • Bankole Johnson
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    Bankole A. Johnson, DSc, MD, MPhil, FRCPsych (born 5 November 1959) is a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist throughout Europe and the United States who served as Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Johnson's primary area of research expertise is the psychopharmacology of medications for treating addictions, and he is well known in the field for his discovery that topiramate, a gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) facilitator and glutamate antagonist, is an effective treatment for alcoholism. Professor Johnson also received national media attention for his appearance in the Home Box Office (HBO) ...more
    • Age: 63
  • Christopher G Okojie OFR DSc (1920-2006) was a Nigerian doctor, politician, administrator and historian. He was born in Ugboha, in present-day Edo State, Nigeria. He was leader of the Mid-West Regional House of Assembly from 1964 to 1966. He was a former Health Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1992) and President of the Nigerian Medical Association (1974-1975). As minister, he was instrumental in pushing ahead a National Insurance Health Scheme. He died on October 7, 2006 at the age of 86. During his tenure as minister, he was able to bring roads and bore-hole water to the people of Esan. He was a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (2002), a Fellow of ...more