Olufemi Soyinka, Kongi's younger brother and a dermatologist, venereologist, and allergologist with international certification, passed away at age 85.
Professor Femi Soyinka passed away yesterday at his home in Ibadan. He was a dad, a grandfather and great grandfather.
Importantly, he was a physician, scholar and a very resolute, but unlike his brother, a silent social and particularly health rights activist.
Professor Femi Soyinka gave voice and focus, including practicalising the substance of his research to mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS, particularly in Nigeria.
At a period when stigma around the disease was extremely severe, he forced people to come out and discuss their HIV and AIDS status. He was the one who gave the ill people a message of hope that they could survive and live better lives despite the society's cruel wave of stigmatization that had made disease patients hopeless.
He dismantled the myths surrounding HIV/AIDS as well as its tragic medical and social narratives.
Olufemi Soyinka completed his medical degree in 1965 after studying medicine and surgery in Heidelberg, Germany. He held the positions of Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Provost at the College of Health Sciences, and Chief Medical Director at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital.
Ayodele Soyinka, his son, who announced that his dad transited peacefully at his residence in Kukumada village, near Ibadan, stated that his father, was in the academia for 30 years and "pioneered several researches in the field of HIV/AIDS and worked as consultant to various 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."
Premium Times and Qed also reported Ayodele Soyinka noting that his dad did not just translate his research findings into clinical practice but the late scholar particularly did 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."
By the death of Professor Olufemi Soyinka, his true, noble, selflessness will be greatly missed.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.