How to honour Adadevoh,by Azikiwe’s son
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.