2018 PLATINUM AWARD WINNER

Prof (Sir) Akinloye Anthony Bamigboye (BSc. Hons, MBCHB, Ife, MMed(Obs & Gynae, Wits), FCOG RSA, PhD RSA, D.Lett Hon., UK).

Prof Bamigboye hails from Ire Ekiti in Oye Local Government area of Ekiti, South West, Nigeria. He is the Medical Director of Louismed Hospital, Lekki, Lagos Nigeria and Bamigboye Inc. in South Africa. He had his primary medical education at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria in the 1980s having attended Aquinas College Akure and Christ school Ado Ekiti in the 1970s in Nigeria. His post-graduate medical education and training were obtained in South Africa and England in the 1990s at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and Imperial College, London (Hammersmith Hospital NHS trust).

Prof Bamigboye started his career in Medicine as a truly empathetic health care giver who had his callings early in life to care for fellow humans. He exemplified this innate attribute by providing a pro bono service in a local catholic hospital in Ekiti state for a period of 18 months in the 1980s while providing full government service.

His passion for Africa was unprecedented. During the 2nd phase of medical brain drain in the late 1980s, he was offered a resident registrar position in the University of Kentucky, Louisville, USA and at the same time got a Botswana government service contract. He chose Southern Africa over USA migration to join his southern African exiled classmates belonging to PAC and ANC organizations. He followed these colleagues to Lesotho and Zimbabwe before finally settling in Botswana during the peak of apartheid in South Africa.

His immediate community impact on arrival in Southern Africa was to set up a migrant English speaking group in his local Catholic church where there was no avenue to express once faith, counselling and to socialise. He was involved with the academia from Nigeria in setting up social groups in a local university amongst the Nigerian lecturers. On arrival in Durban, in 1994 to commence medical residency programme and later in Johannesburg, he was selected amongst many specialist trainees, to the London for a subspecialty postgraduate programme in the Department of gynae-oncology and reproductive medicine. He was the first black South African to occupy the position in the Imperial College, NIH TRUST UK as part of his post graduate training.

He has work experience in four different countries spanning two continents having had professional medical registration in Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Canada, the UK and Nigeria.  Prof. Bamigboye is an ardent researcher and a clinician who practices Gynecology, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine with special interest in evidence-based approach. He is a pioneer of several medical interventions to alleviate pain of operative surgery and to decrease death from bleeding after childbirth worldwide. This intervention was widely acclaimed and now used all over the world from Africa to Asia to the Middle East and the Americans.  LouisMed Specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre after his father, was established in Lekki, Lagos Island, Nigeria

Sir Akin Bamigboye is listed in the top 100 doctors in the world by the international Biographic Centre, Cambridge UK. He was mentioned in the John Schiarri awards for outstanding research by the world society of gynecologist (FIGO) and faculty 1000 awards, Middlesex, UK. He was awarded the highly prestigious Hippocratic prize in medicine in 2011 and has published both in scientific journals and social magazines across the globe. Prof. Bamigboye is an authority in his field having performed first ground breaking research on the care of women to relieve pains of operative delivery and control of bleeding after child birth. He received a Doctor of letters from IBC Cambridge Uk degree in 2012.

He has contributed to the society in delivering highly cerebral guess lectures apart from medicine both in Nigeria and South Africa. He has looked into the federal Government of Nigeria policy on attracting the skilled health professionals back into Nigeria for transfer of skill -an ongoing project of brain gain. As part of his contribution to his faith, he was knighted into the society of the knight of Vasco da Gama in the late 1990s in Johannesburg. In all these periods, he set up various Nigerian organizations and cluster groups in Durban. Johannesburg and Nelspruit. Sir Bamigboye, a detribalized Ekiti man from South West Nigeria, was an honorary member of the Igbo community from the Eastern Nigeria in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. In these communities, he offered guidance, counselling maturity, role modelling and integrity to them for the capacity building of Nigerians and to preach non-criminality but hard work amongst Nigerians. He was a friend to all and a father to many even amongst those of his age group.

While engaging himself in all these activities in South Africa, he never forgot his home country Nigeria. He ensured investment in Nigeria as early as in early 90s and put many on scholarships for their education. All of these earned him a special award of community excellence by His Royal highness, the Onire of Ire, Oba Okeoro II in 2007.  

Having bagged a PhD in gynecology from the University of Witwatersrand, he was relentless in offering his service once again on pro-bonus basis in Nigeria by taking up the following positions; Adjunct Professor at Delta State University, Delta State Nigeria, Visiting Professor, Ekiti State University and Full Professor and Foundation Dean of Clinical Sciences University of Medical Sciences Ondo state, Nigeria and at various times acted in the capacity of   the Vice Chancellor while away.

Having practice fully at Sandton Mediclinic and Nelspruit Mediclnic and served as a researcher with the school of clinical medicine, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, Prof Bamigboye returned home in 2013 to set up a standard medical practice by establishing LouisMed Specialist Hospital and Fertility Centre in Lekki, Lagos Island, Nigeria. The hospital was established to reduce the level of medical tourism exhibited by thousands of upper middle class and upper class Nigerians who visit South Africa and a host of other developed countries for the minutest of medical issues.  

Further on in the social front, he was instrumental in building the various Yoruba associations in South Africa. He is a life patron of Nigerian Students’ Association, and belongs to board of trustees/hall of paladin of several others. His hospital in Lagos has carried out several outreach programmes in fertility including IVF and sponsors of health programmes on NTA to create health awareness in Nigeria.

Prof Bamigboye is married to a professional property consultant and valuer, the first black woman to be a member of the highly prestigious South Africa Institute of Valuers in the early 90s. The family is blessed with 4 children.