The President of African Development Bank (AfDB), Akinwumi Adesina, says he is saddened by the demise of the renowned nephrologist, Emeritus Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akinkugbe, who was a pioneer nephrologist in Africa, died on Monday at the age of 86 after a protracted illness.
Adesina expressed sorrow over the death of the professor via his official Twitter account, @akin_adesina, as monitored in Ibadan on Monday.
“I am saddened by the death of Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe today at the age of 86 years. Prof was a rare gem.
“An exceptionally brilliant and globally acclaimed Professor of Medicine.
“He made Nigeria proud and served selflessly. Thank you sir for your life of immense service. RIP,” he tweeted.
NAN reports that the late octogenarian had outstanding achievements in the field of nephrology and hypertension.
The late don was conferred with the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Pioneer Award in 2019 for his extraordinary efforts to advance nephrology in Nigeria.
Akinkugbe successfully trained the first generation of indigenously taught nephrologists who went on to become leading figures in nephrology in the country and inspiring a new generation of African doctors to take up nephrology. (NAN)