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DOD 19th August, 2014

Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh was born October 27, 1956. She was a graduate of the University of Lagos before continuing her studies at the University of London. She returned to work at First Consultants Hospital where she worked for 21 years of her life. Her father was a physician and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos.

Dr. Adadevoh lived a quiet life, one that was dedicated to serving humanity but this changed when a Liberian diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, arrived Nigeria in July 2014. The diplomat had been infected with the dreaded Ebola virus and in shocking circumstances, he found his way to the Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos where he collapsed upon arrival.


He was taken to First Consultant Hospital for treatment and even though the ebola menace was not recorded in Nigeria as at then, Dr. Adadevoh suspected that Sawyer (Patient zero) had the disease and for the sake of the larger population of Nigeria, she placed Sawyer under quarantine. She had done her research on the virus prior to that encounter with the diplomat.

Her decision to place Sawyer under quarantine met with pressure from the Liberian government who alleged that she had kidnapped the man and even though Sawyer became very aggressive, she stood her ground to confine him.

The Ebola virus is a very deadly disease that could be transferred through body fluids and that meant that if Patrick Sawyer had made contact with more people on his way to his destination, a lot of people would have been at risk. Going by the population of Lagos and its population density, the effect would have been catastrophic.

By her action, she stopped an epidemic from spreading around Nigeria, based on how strategic the Lagos population is to Nigeria and the world. In the course of treating the diplomat, she was exposed to the virus and this was confirmed on August 4, 2014.

She died on August 19, 2014, after weeks of battling with the disease but her sacrifice did not go unnoticed by the people of Nigeria and the world.

After her death, different awards kept pouring in, in appreciation of the supreme price she paid to keep Nigerians safe and to curb the spread of the virus that had already spread in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Her professional doggedness and courage irrespective of the risk to her life is an example to millions of people around the world.




Posthumous Rotary Award

3rd Oct 2014

Rotary Club of Abuja-Metro

National and Community Service Award

5 Oct 2014

Trinity House Church

Honorary Doctorate Degree: Doctor of Letters, Honouris Causa

11 Oct 2014

Baze University

Nollywood Humanity Award

18 Oct 2014

Nollywood Movies Awards

Arise Award

25 Oct 2014

Redeemed Christian Church of God

Posthumous Award

3 Nov 2014

Women in Management, Business Organizations and Public Service (WIMBIZ)

Exemplary Leadership Award

12 Nov 2014

Pathcare Laboratories

Distinguished Service Award

15 Nov 2014

Guild of Medical Directors FCT Abuja

Commemorative Plaque

19 Nov 2014

Nigerian American Medical Foundation

Nigeria’s Hero of the Year Award

30 Nov 2014

The Sun Awards

2014 SEC Integrity Award

1 Dec 2014

Security and Exchange Commission

Number 1 Humanitarian Everyone Should Know About (2014)

11 Dec 2014

International Medical Corp UK

Woman Who Shaped 2014

22 Dec 2014

The Guardian

Number 1 Global Thinker of 2014

23 Dec 2014

Lo Spazio della Politica

Leading Woman of 2014

23 Dec 2014


Person of The Year 2014

31 Dec 2014


Nigerian of the Year Award

4 Jan 2015

National Infinity Magazine

Honorary Doctorate Degree: Doctor of Science, Honouris Causa

17 Jan 2015

National Open University of Nigeria

First Woman

11 Mar 2015

First Bank of Nigeria


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