How to honour Adadevoh,by Azikiwe’s son

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Aug 23rd, 2014
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The Owelle of Onitsha, Chief Chukwuma  Azikiwe,  wants a permanent memorial established in honour of Dr Stella Adadevoh who lost her life to Ebola after treating  Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer.

Azikiwe, a cousin of the late Dr. Adadevoh, also said she should be given the  highest  national honour and  the positive aspects  of her character and life be disseminated.

In a tribute in Onitsha,the son of Nigeria’s first President, Dr.Nnamdi Azikiwe, described her as  “very kind, caring, and selfless.”

“She also had discipline and steely determination,” he said  adding: “I am not surprised that her selfless compassion and steely discipline would  make her restrain Sawyer from escaping the hospital to probably spread the Ebola virus to epidemic proportions. This she did at  risk to her life.”

Throwing light on the family background of Adadevoh, he said: “Her mother, Mrs Deborah Adadevoh,nee MacIntosh, is my cousin. Deborah’s grandmother, Okwuegbunam, nee  Azikiwe, is the immediate senior sister, same father same mother, of Obed Azikiwe, Zik’s father.

“Ameyo was both my relation and pal.

“Inspite of her upper class background, Ameyo was  very down to earth and  full of compassionate empathy for the disadvantaged and poor.

“Even when she was a medical student at  LUTH, she used to tell me and my friends about the plight of some of her brilliant, but very poor school mates. She was one of my favourites among the younger generation of our cousins.

“Ameyo’s father,  the late Professor Kwakwu Adadevoh, was the grandson of Herbert Macauley.

Kwakwu’s mother was Herbert Macauley’s daughter.That made Ameyo Herbert Macauley’s great  grand daughter.”

Professor Adedavoh  wasat different times, Vice Chancellor, University of  Lagos and  Director-General, Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, Yaba, Lagos.

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