The Nigerian Consul-General in South Africa, Mr Godwin Adama, has described the passing of Professor Gboyega Ogunbanjo, a prominent Professor of Medicine in South Africa as devastating to the Nigerian Community and a huge loss to Africa as a whole.
The CG was speaking at the residence of the late professor in Pretoria during a condolence visit to the family.
Professor Ogunbanjo, a distinguished scholar, researcher, academic and senior academic administratorwas until his death in the late hours of 17th August 2019, Chief Specialist, Full Professor and Academic Head: Department of Family Medicine & Primary Health Care, Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, South Africa.
In addition, he was Honorary Professor: Family Medicine & Rural Health Department, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha; Adjunct Professor: Dept. of Family Medicine & Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana, and Professor: Dept. de Medicine de Familie Université Protestante au Congo, Kinshasa DRC.
He was external examiner to the departments of Family Medicine at the Universities of Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Pretoria, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Walter Sisulu, and Stellenbosch in South Africa; Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda; Moi University, Eldoret Kenya, Universiti Kebangsan Malaysia (UKM), National University of Rwanda, Protestant University of the Congo (UPC), DRC, University of Botswana and University of Ghana.
Prof O, as he was fondly called, graduated from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria, in 1982 and completed his family medicine training at the Medical University of Southern Africa – now University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus), Pretoria.
He held fellowships of the College of the Family Physicians of South Africa FCFP (SA), Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (FACRRM), Australasian College of Tropical Medicine (FACTM), South African Academy of Family Practice FAFP(SA) and West African College of Physicians (FWACP – Fam Med).
He was the recipient of the University Senate Award for Research Excellence from 2002 – 2005 for the ‘Best Research Output’ (clinical); and 2006 – 2008 as ‘Established Researcher’ in the school of Medicine.
Professor Ogunbanjo, who was a devout Christian and part-time pastor, mentored innumerable Nigerian and South African medical practitioners. He took ill shortly after his 60th birthday last year.
The Consul General pledged to facilitate immigration protocols for members of his family and friends in Nigeria and elsewhere desirous of attending his burial on a date to be confirmed by his family.
He is survived by his wife, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, a top management staff at the South African Department of Basic Education, and two sons – Segun, who has taken after his father in the medical profession and Seyi, a high school graduate.