Oja’ba , an ancient and popular compound in Ibadan, -Ibadan SOUTH WEST Local Government, oyo state, has over the years possibly because of its long standing and rich cultural historical background has produced prominent Very Important Personalities that have excelled or currently excelling in their chosen profession.
One of such is the First Modern Osi Bashorun of Ibadanland and the World Revered Cardio Vascular Surgeon -Chief Dr. Azeez Popoola Adeduntan of Ward 01 OLUPOYI’S COMPOUND OJA-OBA.
No doubt, young Azeez started his childhood journey like all other children of his age in the popular local area of Oja’ba not knowing what the future was holding for him especially as he was confronted with one of the greatest difficulties of life at an early stage, that is -the loss of one’s father.
He lost his father at a very young age (age 2yrs)and the responsibilities of growth and development fell straight away upon the shoulder of his mother -a petty trader and with this, for some like him the future looked bleak, but for young Azeez, he rose up with the support of his mother and faced the unclear future.
Azeez by now would have been one of Ebila boys, One Million boys, Ekugbemi boys or member of any of the current notorious groups in Ibadan especially coming from a locality that has abundant of such groups if not for the Grace of God and his determination and hunger for success.
And so he began his journey in life as a child, and after completing his primary school education, he left for high school education at African Church Grammar School, Ibadan, Oyo State where he graduated as the Best All-round Student in 1972, with Division One and was the SENIOR PREFECT.
With this unprecendented feat at early stage of life, the journey to greater height began, as he won the Federal Government of Nigeria Scholarship for Medicine and
proceeded to University of Ife (Now Obafemi Awolowo University) to study
Medicine, graduating with distinction in 1981 -more than a first class in any subject as medical degree has no class-
It is either MBBS PASS or MBBS Passed with distinction.AZEEZ had the latter.
Because of the fact that Azeez from his childhood has been destined for greatness even from the begining of his life, all through his educational pursuit, he was either winning one award or the other which in turn was pushing him gradually to his glorious carrier.
In the University as an undergraduate at OAU,he won the Best Student in Community Medicine Award, and the prestigious Lawrence Omole’s Prize for proficient students.
All these feats even outside Ibadan were well noted and were putting Ibadan as a city ahead of others in terms of having her young Indigenes making the ancient city proud, so suffice to say Adeduntan has been in the fore front of putting Ibadanland on the map of the world even right from his younger age.
After his University education, he served his Housemanship at Adeoyo State
Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria in 1982 and later became the Medical Officer of Health
at Adeoyo State Hospital in 1983 after he has performed wonderfully well and made great impact of contributing his little quota as a young medical doctor of Ibadan origin.
As a young and determined medical Doctor who can favourably compete with his peers across the world, the young Dr Azeez Adeduntan left for the United States of America to further his medical profession and attended another USA IVY LEAGUE INSTITUTION-the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Colombia University, Harlem Hospital Center New YORK City , New York till 1993.
Not well satisfied with that, he proceeded to unarguably the best MEDICAL SCHOOL
across the world, Harvard Medical School Boston Massachusetts for fellowship training in Vascular Surgery till 1995.
During all these, young Dr Azeez was putting Oja’ba, Ibadan, Yoruba and Nigeria on the World Map judging by his collections of honours and awards, for instance,
in 1995, he was honoured with Harvard Chair, for outstanding performance during fellowship training at Havard Deaconess Surgical Service, Boston, Massachusetts.
Not only that, he also won Chairman’s Book prize for excellent performance in Vascular Surgery by Harvard Medical School, Mount Auburn Hospital , Cambridge, Massachusetts for being in the 99th percentile in the American BOARD OF SURGERY IN TRAINING EXAMINATIONS.
All these are very few of honours and awards presented to Azeez during his study in the United States of America.
Azeez Adeduntan is a Fellow of American College of Surgeons (FACS),
Fellow International College of Surgeons (FICS), Member Society for Vascular
Surgery (SVS), Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery (SCVS), Peripheral Vascular
Society (PVS), Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS), Atlanta
Vascular Society, Georgia Vascular Society, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA)
and has Primary Fellowship of The National Post Graduate Medical College of
Nigeria in OB/GYN.
Dr AZEEZ ADEDUNTAN is double boarded in VASCULAR SURGERY(1995)AND GENERAL SURGEY(1993)and there is no part of the body he cannot open.
He served as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, at Morehouse Medical School, Atlanta, Georgia and is currently the President, Chief Executive Officer, as well as Medical Director of RILGA LLC-a professional corporation in the USA and NIGERIA.
(To be continued)