Oladele Adebayo Ajose Nigeria

Biography of Oladele Adebayo Ajose

Oladele Adebayo Ajose
Oladele Adebayo Ajose

Oladele Adebayo Ajose (1907-1978) was a graduate of the University who became a leading public health expert in Nigeria.

Born into the Royal House of Oba Ologunkutere of Lagos, Ajose was educated at King's College in that city before coming to Glasgow to study Medicine in 1927. He graduated MB, ChB in 1932, took the Diploma of Public Health in 1935, and returned to Nigeria in 1936. He was awarded an MD in 1939.

Ajose worked in Lagos from 1936 as an assistant Medical Officer of Health and then as a MOH, and he was a lecturer and an examiner in public health and forensic medicine at the Yaba Medical School. In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at University College, Ibadan, the first Black African to hold a Chair there, and he was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1958 to 1959. From 1961 until 1966 he was Vice Chancellor of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo) University.

In 1961, Ajose was made Chief Bada of Ilora. He was the founder of the British Red Cross Society in Nigeria, the Infectious Disease Hospital in Lagos, and the Ilora Health Centre, and he was the first President of the Nigerian branch of the British Medical Association, which became the Nigerian Medical Association. He was appointed OBE in 1961.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • Obituary, College Courant, 30, 61, Martinmas 1978, p.48

Archival Materials

  • DC225/1/30 Medical Final Year Dinner Book Year 1927-1932


Oladele Adebayo Ajose
Physician and Administrator

Born 20 September 1907, Nigeria.
Died 2 July 1978.
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1932; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, MD, 1939; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus
Occupation categories: physicians
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English snippet: Prominent Nigerian medical graduate
Record last updated: 26th Feb 2013

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Nigeria Nigeria, Lagos
Place of Birth

Nigeria Nigeria, Lagos
Place of Death

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University Roles

  • Alumnus