Dora Akunyili Bio

The Complete Biography of Dora Akunyili

Grab all the details about Dora Akunyili including her bio-wiki, cause of death, achievements, daughter, husband, and many more.

Dora Akunyili was the director-general of Nigeria’s National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). She was a Nigerian government official who stood against corruption and bribery of the country for counterfeit drugs. Moreover, there was an estimated dropoff of 80% in fake sales of medicines during her leadership.

She was a successful and committed official who has contributed so much to the citizens of her country. Read more to get all the details about her life. Furthermore, we have the details on the death of her husband that happened recently and her daughter who was honored as 2020 Great Immigrants Honouree. Nonetheless, Dora’s name has again popped up after the recent incident that happens to her husband. Thus, we want to discuss the topic. We hope that our article was helpful.

Learn Her Wiki/Bio

Dora Nkem Akunyili was born on 14 July 1954 in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria. She was the daughter of Chief and Mrs. Paul Young Edemobi. Moreover, her mother’s origin was Nanka, Anambra State which lies in Nigeria as well.

Dora Akunyili
                 Dora Akunyili (Image Source: Sahara Reporters )

The Nigerian official was Catholic and has six children with her husband, Dr. Chike Akunyili. Her husband was a Medical practitioner. Furthermore, the couple has three grandchildren. The professor died on June 7, 2014, at the age of 59 after suffering from cancer for a long time.

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Dora has a dedicated Wikipedia page for her. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us. The highly accomplished Nigerian died in India. The cause of her death was Uterine cancer. Some doctors in the United States (US) were blamed for their misdiagnosis. According to the doctors, she did not have cancer after her Nigerian doctor’s diagnosis to the effect she had the sickness.

Details About Her Education

Talking about her education Dora studied in St. Patrick’s Primary School till 1966 to get her School Leaving Certificate. Furthermore, she joined Rosary Secondary School for her further studies. Also, the ex-director-general received scholarships for her undergraduate education like the Eastern Nigerian Government Post Primary Scholarship and the Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship.

Though the director-general had thought of studying mathematics and chemistry she joined the University of Nigeria to study Pharmacology. Later on, Dora had to go to London to join the University of London for her graduate courses. Then the chief’s daughter again joined the University of Nigeria for a Ph. D. in ethnopharmacology.

Learn Her Achievements and Career

Dora first worked on state government boards before being promoted to supervisory councilor for agriculture in the government of Anambra state. Before working in the government, she was a Hospital Pharmacist at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. (U.N.T.H) of Enugu state.

Dora Akunyili Bio
                    Dora Akunyili (Image Source: Intervention)

Dora worked as a Zonal Secretary of the Petroleum Special Trust Fund in 1996. Later on, she was appointed as the head of NAFDAC (National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control). After the death of her sister due to fake insulin at the age of 21, she was driven to solve the drug problem in the country. Moreover, the injection was for diabetes. The director was not upfront about the bribery problems. Firstly, she raised the campaign of “pure water”. Campaign lowered the price of drinking water.

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Moreover, Bribery hugely backed up the counterfeit products. Resulting in many ignorant Nigerians dying every year due to fake medicines. Because of Dora, the Nigerian government signed testing agreements with three nations, China, India, and Egypt. Today, no innocent Nigerian has to die from improper medicine.

Dora Akunyili Husband’s Death

On September 28, 2021, Dora’s husband, Dr.Chike Akunyili died. And the cause of death was gunfire. Moreover, the gunshot happened inside the North Local Government Area of Anambra state according to the media.

Dora Akunyili's with her husband
                              Dora Akunyili’s with her husband                                                         (Image Source: Premium Times Nigeria )

Furthermore, his son, Obumneme Akunyili has reported that his father was returning from a meeting to honor his wife when the gunmen shot him. In addition, a video of the doctor’s death has been going viral. However, premium times writes whether the video is fake or not is still in question.

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Talking about the doctor, he was the Medical Director at St.Leo’s Hospital in Enugu. Furthermore, he also earned National Youth Service Merit Award for providing healthcare to several communities. Moreover, he was also a philanthropist. Chike treated priests in Bigard Memorial Seminary and beyond for free for 45 years. He also fought in the Biafra war. And he also got a bullet that stayed in his skull. After that experience, he went to become a doctor and save thousands of lives. He was a real hero figure in Nigeria.

Details about Dora Akunyili Daughter

Visual artist, Njideka Akunyili Crosby is the daughter of Dora Akunyili. She was born in 1983 in Nigeria. Currently, the artist has been working in Los Angeles California. Recently, Njideka received the title of 2020 Great Immigrants Honourees by Carnegie Corporation.

Dora Akunyili's Daughter
      Dora Akunyili’s Daughter (Image Source: Linda Ikeji’s Blog)

Carnegie Corporation is a New York-based grantmaking foundation. Moreover, different countries have honored her work. Furthermore, the daughter of Dora received Ph.D. from Swarthmore University in 2020. The Nigerian-born visual artist has surely made her late mother proud with several other honors.

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One of which was being invited to a large annual fair by Art X. Moreover, the artist is named one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Furthermore, the immigrant artist has a son who was born in 2016 and her husband is Justin Crosby.

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