ForeverMissed
Tributes
Posted by Abiodun Adeloye on June 16, 2021
Tribute to a great icon / my brother-in-law. Professor Emeritus Adelola Adeloye.
An icon has gone to rest!!!
Oh death where is thy sting!!!
Oh grave where is thy victory!!!
Daddy Prof.(as I used to call you)
You were a rare gem./jewel of inestimable value. You had set the pace and impacted into so many lives.
We all wish you could stay longer but God will had prevailed. To God be the glory you have lived a fulfilled life.
Your good virtues of hardwork forthrightness kindness humility and good counsel shall not be forgotten. Sleep on daddy Prof, till we meet to part no more in glory.       Mrs Foluso Adebisi Adeloye.



Tribute to Daddy Prof.
Daddy Prof., a lover of humanity and epitome of kindness, hardwork, generosity and wisdom. Daddy Prof.'s compassion for others was so deep, he treated patients and family members (including his in-laws ) with respect and many were blessed through his dedication to his duties. He was a great model for us, our children and his generation at large. We (Abiodun, Olubunmi and the children) will miss you and not forget your sincere jokes, humour and professional advice for our children on health field. Good night daddy Prof. and rest in peace. 2Timothy 4 vs.7 ..You have fought a good fight and finished the race.......                   Deaconess (Dr.) Olubunmi Adeloye.
Posted by Abiodun Adeloye on June 16, 2021

Our daddy, my brother, my mentor, it pained me to the marrow that l met your absence when l got to your house on 7th April. Whereas you were always faithful to your promises, l disappointed you by not fulfilling my last promise to celebrate this year's Easter with you. It is an act l will for ever regret!
I appreciate you for the way you took care of us all especially me. Even when our father was alive, you were playing the role of a father to see to our wellbeing and educational development. You never failed to remember the date of birth of everyone of your siblings. I will miss you greatly this year on the 18th July as we have been celebrating birthdays together over the years.
God sent you into Adeloye's family as a great blessing and you have fulfilled the purpose by raising us and making the destiny of everyone colourful by being a pillar of support to us. You have left a vacuum which may be difficult to fill.
By example, you taught us a life of integrity, hard work, selflessness and love. As a leader, you united us in love. You were never a burden nor liability to anybody, your life has imparted many lives. You were a sumptuous and delightful giver to the day of your death. I thank God for making you live a fulfilled life. You have left an indelible mark in the hearts of many people.
I pray that God in His infinite mercy will grant you everlasting rest. Adieu my beloved brother! Continue to rest in the bosom of your Lord.

                                              From your sister Joke.



TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY BROTHER PROFESSOR ADELOLA RUFUS ADELOYE
On April 6th about 4:30 pm 2021, the golden heart stop beating and the hard working hands that have saved many lives went to rest , my brother, the sage , a generous man, a wonderful intellect man, went to rest in the Lord....my father who was not my biological father passed away. My brother an Octogenarian’s death came as shock because at 90 and above would have considered it fine to depart. My brother Adelola Rufus ... omo aoyo o oni gbo, o gbo ti n ti eyin eku
My brother played the role of a father to me since I was little. He has completed his M.B.B.S (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) medical degree before l was born...by then he was qualified to be my father...but yielded me to baba Ebenezer.
Brother ‘Delola did so much for me; it is an honor for me to pay a tribute to a great man. Much have been said on the media and many platform, YouTube e.t.c., there is no doubt, brother positively touched many lives, including his siblings. I saw the way he took care of Baba, Mama, he bought a house for the family to enjoy and lived in, helped mama to complete her house before she passed away, supported every member of the family, paid my school fees, funded my marriage and supported me when I was in the university.
While others saw him as brilliant neurosurgeon, l saw my brother in addition, as a devoted family man, happiest with his children and grandchildren. I never heard him raised his voice, nor hold any grudge. A caring brother, who was part of me and took care of me since I left elementary school. Obviously, brother is a respected and certainly respectable citizen and shared his experience and expertise with many. A prolific writer who authored many books, one of his books I liked was the “Village genius “a book he wrote about our father Ebenezer Adeloye a sage...
I learnt many things from him about life and relationship. As a man, he said to me, “even if not bigger than a fist, have must your own car or house”, know your limit and be contented. A very private person, loving man, oodles of will power and quiet faith guided by his actions. Couple of times l have come around to visit him, but would be told he has gone for morning service, Eucharistic service at the chapel of the resurrection.
Brother supported and encouraged me when l went into politics, always-brilliant analysis of political situation.
Last year December, I drove him around to deliver the Christmas cards to some of his friends in Ibadan. When I was about to leave, I was at the gate of his house closing the gate, he called me, Yinka! He beckoned, he said to me, Take good care of yourself, he repeated it three times. I will always remember the instructions.
On Saturday, April 3, Remi (My Wife ) and I , put a call through to brother, as usual would ask him bawo l’ara sir ( How is your health ?), Se ara le ko ko ? I asked , ….Brother replied ara le ko, but ko le KO KO KO....(I am doing well but not so well) we all laughed, 3 days later he passed away . Hard to say good-bye sir, would miss you, you thought me many things but not how to say good-bye. Would remember you always and a trail blazer, loving father, brother and a mentor …Adieu!!! Rest in the perfect peace of the LORD
Adeyinka Adeloye
Posted by Abiodun Adeloye on June 16, 2021
Brother 'Delola the Gentle Giant sleeps on!
A PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Brother 'Delola (that was how those of us who grew up with him called him) was indeed a gentle giant in every area of his life, and a rare specie.
I had very personal encounters with him from the 50s, when providence brought our two mothers to work together at the Women Training College (later Government Teacher Training College, now Federal Technical College,) Ilesa famously referred to as 'Cappa,' the name of the contractor that built the complex. Our two families, both of Ekiti extractions, lived on the same premises, became very close, and remain so to date. And, l attended the same Cappa Demonstration Primary School with some of his siblings, Joke, Biodun and Yinka.
When l was in the primary school, my performance in Arithmetic was very poor. Typical of Brother when ever he was around on visits from college, he asked my mother how l was doing. The reply was in the negative. Brother thereafter took it upon himself to become my teacher whenever he was around. He taught me how to count on my fingers, and use pieces of splint to do additions and subtractions. He laid the foundation of the little Maths that l know and apply to my daily life today.
Brother was patient with me, gentle, kind, very thorough, and he encouraged me to bring out the best out of my weakness. He changed my perspective of that troublesome subject. I can still see us together on those occasions.
In 1977, l ran into him at the Endsleigh Street Canteen of the University of London, UK. We were on the queue waiting to be served our lunch, then l saw the imponderable: my own great Brother 'Delola was on the queue carrying his own food tray. I dropped mine, ran to him, went flat on my belly in greetings, as expected of me by tradition. I shall remember the laughter and embarrassment on his face for life. He dropped his tray, bent down and pulled me up in a very warm embrace, to the amusement of the otherwise totally white gathering. We got our food and sat together to eat.
It was my first visit to the UK. Brother displayed humility, affection, warmth and gentleness very rare of people with his level of accomplishment and feat at that time. He made me to feel at home in an environment he was used to, but strange to me, and spent quality time with me until he departed for Nigeria, in spite of his own schedule. He was fond of me.
In 1987, l was on admission in the SW3 Ward in UCH for cardiac related health challenge. I contacted Bro 'Delola, who was then a professor of neurology in the hospital. I became a special and personal case to him. He visited me almost every day, at times twice, ensuring that l received prompt and quality attention and treatment at all times, and monitored my progress until l departed for the UK on medical referral, in spite of his very busy schedule. He encouraged me to fight for my life, reminding of those things he taught me to value and fight for in the 50s and 60s.
I saw him last on his 80th birthday celebrations at Ibadan in 2015, where l presented him with a giant birthday card on behalf of the 'Cappa Group', a reminder of our time together in Ilesa for about two decades, and recognition of his role in our lives.
The 'Cappa Group' is made up of our parents who were employed as junior staff, their children and grandchildren and relatives, accommodated in the Junior Staff Quarters. It was a very humble setting.
Brother 'Delola was an inspiration to us at Cappa, and encouraged many of us to be who we are today. As a university medical student, he related with us in humility, told us stories about university life, encouraged us to work hard to be like him, led us by influence in practical ways, and ensured that he remained in contact with as many of us as possible later in life. We followed his career, got more inspired, and he became our role model.
The 'Cappa Group' produced great men and women in different endeavors all over the world, including Brother's siblings. He was the first shining light to emerge from our humble parentage and background, and we give God the glory for this.
His life was an embodiment of the quintessential Ekiti virtues: trailblazer, hard work, integrity, honesty, sincerity, humility, friendliness, commitment, loyalty, doggedness, and trust in God for all things.
He was accomplished, and we thank God for his life.
Sleep on Brother Delola.
Rest on Brother Delola, the Gentle Giant.
God shall grant repose to you.
                          Prophet Diipo Bamidele,
Ado-Ekiti and The 'Cappa Group'



“…..I commiserate with the Adeloyes on the loss of Brother Adelola. But, I also rejoice with the Adeloye. Not a surprise that all reached the status of Professor. I still remember Joke and Biodun. I remember Bisi as well. Nice that he lived to a good age…. You can see the goodness of GOD. All of us, offsprings of COOKS at CAPPA are lifted up. Diipo, you did well to have put the names of the CAPPA GROUP on Professor Adelola’s card, on his 80th birthday. He was senior to all of us…. I am sending your text to Sheri, my younger sister, and a member of the CAPPA GROUP…
                            Pastor Gani Oluwasegun Towolawi
          The ‘Cappa Group’
Posted by Abiodun Adeloye on June 16, 2021
To God be the Glory
To God be the Glory. Sir, you were wonderfully made. Can there be another person like you? Certainly no. This shows the nature of God. You were a role model to your siblings, a brother to emulate, a brother to shadow. You were a role model to our offspring and in particular they recall and recount events at your visits to them in the U.S. They will surely miss you. You transited in peace and even at that moment you were still performing activities! On the very day you expressed concern for the Elekole and his wife and in fact you wrote a bank cheque few hours to the D-time. You were a blessing to the Adeloye clan, a blessing to Ilasa, a blessing to Usin, a blessing to Ilupeji-Ekiti, a blessing to Ikole-Ekiti, a blessing to humanity. I remember as a very young boy that I shared a bed with a fully grown man at Cappa and that… was you before you went to England. When I grew up our mother told me that she backed your youngest brother Adeyinka to see you off to England at the Aerodrome in Ibadan, and when at take-off, the plane hovered past her location, she attempted to catch the airplane! Afterwards, our mother and my sister showed me the letter you wrote and the birthday card you sent to me from “Ilu Oyinbo”. You were up-to-date on the dates of birth of every one of us. At a time I was sick (probably of fever), the arrival of my birthday card from you got me up from my sick cradle! You knew the stories of us all. Except our parents no one called you by your name, we called you “brother agba” You displayed outstanding characteristics of a caring and selfless individual. 1968, Adeyinka and I visited you in Ibadan ably led by our senior sister. You were resident in the apartment building in UCH. I remember you lifting me and Yinka up one after the other to peep through the window from which you saw us coming to your apartment building. You took us to a studio (at Adamasingba) to take a photograph with you and so you did with our father and mother when they visited you. You created time for us whenever we visited on holidays and it was all excitement whenever you took us out in the blue Volkswagen 1200 car with registration number WAZ 524. The new car sounded real good with its smell of newness! We had been seeing cars (of influential people) in Ilesa but hardly had the opportunity of a ride. I appreciate your interest in my Ph.D research, reading through the draft of my thesis and asking me questions. You taught me to learn to start from the low and work hard to the top. You created time to read through the draft of my paper for the Inaugural Lecture and attended the event. A selfless man, your care of the sick in Ikole Ekiti will not be forgotten. At UCH, Ibadan, Ikole had a spot after the round-about and the security post where the sick in Ikole awaited your arrival at work. These were the first patients for your day in such instances. Oke-Imesi too had its own spot for your friend and colleague, Professor Osuntokun! Some things are really unique about our departed brother. I cannot remember that he ever observed siesta! In fact he told me that if he ever observed siesta, he would be sick. I cannot remember that he was sick or had to stay home for reason of ill-health, I cannot recall that he was hospitalized in his life. His day started between 5 and 6am, but as a routine he departed his office at UCH at 11.30 pm each day to drive in at 11.50pm. Whenever he was travelling out of town or overseas, he would leave his residence at UI to call at the Central Porter’s Lodge (according to him “for mails that need quick reply”), then observe his patients at UCH before heading out. On his way back he would call first at UCH to observe his patients, pick up the mail at the Central Porter’s Lodge, and head home. Once he travelled in from abroad and before coming home, headed for the surgical theatre to operate on a lecturer who was battered by a gang of student demonstrators at UI. The lecturer’s wife personally brought us a turkey for the year’s Christmas celebration. In the then Bendel State, our brother Adelola Adeloye was celebrated by Helen Evbuomwan leader of the popular Evbuomwan Cultural group in a record entitled “The Great Fight”. The story and eulogy of Professor Adeloye by Helen would be found in the link www.youtube.com/watch?V=6WmUgAJpW2M. He never used flashy or expensive cars in Nigeria and his lifestyle was modest. He was meticulous in writing, he kept information especially photographs and had great sense for details. I wonder at his skill of writing especially reading his books entitled Trauma Care and My Salad Days. I am leaving many things out in this tribute as lot has been written about our brother. I covet the prayers and wishes of the people that the siblings and children will be able to preserve the works of this man for the benefit of human kind.
                        Abiodun Adeloye
             Cappa Group

Posted by Mayowa Owolabi on June 2, 2021
Tribute to Late Emeritus Prof. Adelola ADELOYE

Chief Atorise of Ikole Ekiti, (Rufus Bandele Adelola ADELOYE)

You were a prolific writer with over 350 publications including journal articles, books, textbooks, essays, biographies, medical histories, poems, novels, etc. You described the Adeloye-Odeku disease - congenital dermoid cyst over the anterior fontanelle.
You had an outstanding memory of people, places and events which you recounted with incredible ease and your characteristic gentle smile and quick wits. You were a talented historian with vivid memories and uncommon passion for detailed documentation.
You epitomized humility and simplicity, great attributes which are visible fruits of a deep mind filled with knowledge and Light!

You lived a virtuous life

Thank you for the rare privilege you gave me to give the first lecture at The Aqueduct, 17 University Crescent, Off Osuntokun Avenue, in Bodija at 3pm on Saturday 19 July 2008, titled “Mapping Africa’s way into prominence in the field of neurosciences” . It was a presentation based on my article in the Archives of Neurology.

Your concept of the aqueduct was to connect all knowledge; the historical with the current and the future. You also want all your works to be digitized and uploaded to the webspace to continue to engage people’s minds.

Indeed, you sought first the Kingdom of God, and God is Light,
You sought first the Kingdom of Lights, and Knowledge is Light,

Lover of God, lover of knowledge,
Lover of the knowledge of God,
Knowledge generator, knowledge distributor,

You are a great Light,
You have gone to the Kingdom of Lights
Where Light shines bright as the perfect day, with no shadow of turning

May the Light of God Everlasting shine on you forever as your light of knowledge shines on the world

Shine on!!!!

Mayowa O. OWOLABI, FAS
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences
Posted by Samuel Ohaegbulam on June 2, 2021
TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR EMERITUS ADELOLA ADELOYE
With a heavy heart I join Global Neurosurgical Community to pay tribute to the fallen Iroko tree of our Profession.
Once upon a time, there was a popular ocean liner called M V AUREOL that sailed regularly from Liverpool to Lagos. On completion of my neurosurgical training in London, my family opted to return to Nigeria with that ocean liner in January 1974.
One pleasant day, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, while we were moving around and exploring the amenities that the ship offered, I encountered a quiet, middle aged, handsome and well-dressed man, who appeared lonely. We exchanged pleasantries, chatted about the weather, the cruise and then introductions followed. Probably my children must have attracted his attention as I later realized that like me, his wife was not a Nigerian. He informed me that he was a Professor of neurosurgery at the University of Ibadan and had been on Sabbatical leave at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London and was finally returning home. What a fantastic coincidence, that of the hundreds of passengers in that ship, the first person I encountered and engaged in conversation was a senior neurosurgical colleague! The adage that "birds of the same feather flock together" must be true. We had lived in the UK but we were not aware of each other’s presence.
Prof Adeloye gave me an insight on medical practice in Nigeria especially neurosurgical practice, its challenges and opportunities. A strong bond was at once developed between us.
Back home at UNTH, I was carrying a heavy load of pioneering a neurosurgical service in Eastern Nigeria with limited facilities and inexperience of a young neurosurgeon. Luckily, Adeloye and Odeku were always there to give me every support and encouragement. They sent me reprints of most of their publications  that opened my eyes and guided me on how to survive in academic career where one must publish or perish. With the unexpected premature death of Professor Latunde Odeku, Professor Adeloye  became my pillar.
I recall how we worked closely together when WACS entrusted 10 of us with Adeloye as Chairman, to organize the First International Postgraduate Symposium of WACS on Care of the Injured which was subsequently published as Proceedings by Caxton Press (WA) Ltd, Ibadan 1977.
As neurosciences started to grow in Nigeria, the story changed in late 1980s and 1990s when the Healthcare facilities deteriorated along with  economic depression. This led to exodus of many of us to other countries. Prof Adeloye was no exception and that unfortunate situation led to our separation from our fatherland. However, we regularly kept in touch and reunited at Continental and WFNS events.
Prof Adeloye was the livewire of the PAANS, having served as Secretary General of the Association for over 20 years till he became President of the Association. That position put him on the driving seat in PAANS relationship with WFNS. Despite all his efforts, assisted by other neurosurgical giants from Africa, none of them was rewarded with a position in the Administrative Council of WFNS. We were happy that a few of them became Honorary Presidents. It was this total commitment to PAANS that probably prevented him from identifying strongly with the emergent neurosurgical societies in Africa.
Human life is a journey which must end one day but that end point is unpredictable. Sadly, Prof Adeloye’s journey on earth has ended and we cannot question God why it should happen at this time.
According to William Shakespeare, “some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust on them”
Our consolation is that Professor Adelola Adeloye achieved greatness through hard work.
We pray for the family he left behind, that God would give them the fortitude to endure the great loss. MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL REST IN PEACE.

Samuel C OHAEGBULAM, NNOM
Emeritus Professor
Founder /CEO & Neurosurgeon-in-Chief
Memfys Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria
Posted by saheed Olatunji on June 1, 2021
To my loving ,caring dad and father in law, Emeritus professor Adelola Adeloye. Daddy, you have touched each of us in ways that cannot be expressed in words. You are your grandchildren's best friend. They are fortunate to have you as their granddad as I am fortunate to have you as a father in law. You always treated me like your biological son, we have many treasured memories of you. Daddy you were a wonderful father in law, accepting me as your son in law despite religious differences. Daddy you cared so much for my entire family, but I am not convinced that you are not with us because your memories will never die.

I wish you the eternal peace and salvation you deserve. Daddy you filled a space that no one will ever replace.. .. I believe that whoever has a brother in
heaven is blessed. Extend my greetings to your beloved brother Adebisi Adeloye with all due respect and your lovely wife, my late mother in law Dr Mrs Kamala Adeloye.
May you rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Emmanuel Otolorin on June 1, 2021
The Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association (ICOMAA) Worldwide hereby expresses its deep condolence to the family of our late Emeritus Prof Adelola Adeloye on his passing away to eternity. We recall with nostalgia his very inspiring lectures and friendly disposition to students and staff and his immense contributions to the field of neurosurgery and documentation of the history of the medical profession in Nigeria. May his gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace and may the Good Lord grant the family members the fortitude to bear his loss at this time. Adieu Prof Adelola Adeloye. We love you but God loves you more - Prof Emmanuel Otolorin, President, ICOMAA Worldwide.
Posted by Adefolarin Malomo on May 19, 2021
EMERITUS PROF. ADELOLA ADELOYE: SOME PEOPLE WILL LIVE FOREVER!

Prof. Emeritus Adelola Adeloye is great all over, and it is difficult to choose which handle to begin with. When a life is so globally acclaimed: he even has a Neurosurgical disease entity named after him and Prof. Latunde Odeku, it is best to stay with personal deep impressions!

As a medical student I first noticed Prof. Adelola Adeloye because of the sprinkles of grey that crowned his solemn dignified composure. Students however quickly learnt it was a joy to meet him on Ward Rounds, at Clinics and most importantly during examinations. It was easier to impress the outstanding genius, than most others, so to say! It was also such moments that betrayed his deep humaneness and peculiar sense of humour, during which he also laughed, with you!

He was, with Prof. B. O. Osuntokun, distinctly instrumental to my admission into Senior Residency in Neurosurgery; painfully he had to travel soon after but continued to show interest in my family, my progress and that of the then Unit and the Institution as a whole. We got to publish some journal articles with him, even then.

Many outstanding souls are understandably lonely, and a few others even become ferocious: NOT PROFESSOR EMERITUS ADELOLA ADELOYE: although he was very private in private matters, no one was too lowly, young, illiterate, poor, colourless, or even challenged to receive his genuine respect and love. I eventually thought he achieved that by summing issues and people up rapidly, incarnating at their levels to gradually lift them up at their own paces as best as he could. This way he embodied profundity, amiability, inspiring personality, and courageous supporting all at once. Such qualities must have added to his ability to sustain academic discussions at ‘The Aqueduct’ from which the water of knowledge continue to flow into society through his very willing colleagues, of all ages and cadres, decades after his retirement.

Prof. Emeritus Adeloye knew he was talented, had something important to say, and loved to write. He wrote and kept publishing till the very end, as we knew he would long ago. He loved his background and origins, as reflected in his works and casual discussions. Sometimes I thought he loved the very apt title of ‘Atorise’, more than most of his academic laurels.

He was a man of deep faith, love, and reverence, in his own way. I loved to hear him relate how ‘it is all due to God’s love and grace’. Typically, he chose to attend the early morning more solemn and serene Eucharistic services at the Chapel of Resurrection.

I shall miss a professional grandfather, famous senior colleague, and FRIEND! However, such lives are positively recorded in ‘books’ that are eternal! MAY PERPETUAL LIGHT DIVINE, KEEP SHINNING ON HIM!

The Ven. Prof. Adefolarin Obanishola Malomo.
Posted by Peter Adeniyi on May 18, 2021
ADIEU TO A FOREMOST NEUROSCIENTIST AND A WORTHY AMBASSADOR OF IKOLE EKITI, EMERITUS PROFESSOR ADELOLA ADELOYE

Ikole Local Government Area is richly blessed with Academics with tremendous local impact and global reputation. Almost all the towns in the LGA have produced at least one globally acclaimed Academic and seasoned University administrator. Ikole LGA has produced three highly rated Vice Chancellors, an impressive array of Deputy Vice Chancellors, many distinguished and emeritus professors, and a panoply of professors. Emeritus Professor Adelola Adeloye, whose tenure on this divide we are now celebrating was one of these distinguished personalities.

So, when the decision was made by the Federal Government during the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan to award Ekiti State a multi-campus university to be shared between Oye and Ikole, indigenes of Ikole Local Government Area were very delighted. They decided to mobilise their indigenes to support the Federal Government and ensure that the faculties of the new university were evenly shared between the two communities. Emeritus Professor Adeloye rose to the occasion. He became a strong pillar of the Ikole University Development Fund, a fund that was launched by the Ikole LGA communities to raise fund in support of the university. Professor Adeloye was one of the first indigenes to make substantial donation to this fund. He participated actively in all the meetings of the Fund and offered useful insights. For this, Ikole LGA will not forget him.

Emeritus Professor Adeloye was a very outstanding and fulfilled Academician. As his biography shows, he was a pioneer and leading light in the field of Neurosurgery, trained quite a number of Doctors who became outstanding professionals and who have contributed substantially to the (literature advancement) of Neuroscience during his lifetime. No doubt, he was a pride to Ikole Local Government and to Nigeria. For all these, we say Prof., thank you so much for your contributions to us and to humanity.
We will miss him but we remain assured that he has been welcomed delightfully into the presence of the Almighty the creator of the universe. May his very gentle soul rest in perfect peace, amen.

Emeritus Professor Peter Adeniyi, IUDF Chairman,
Otunba Ben Oguntuase, SecretaryIUDF
Posted by Zainab Saleh on May 17, 2021
A Tribute to Our Dear Emeritus Professor Adelola Adeloye

It is with great sadness that I write this tribute on behalf of my family to our Dear Emeritus Professor Adelola Adeloye, Neurosurgeon par excellence.

What do you say when someone close to you passes on?
Prof., I recall with great fondness out times in Kuwait and the various conversations we had.

We recall the stories you used to tell us of your work: riverting, enthralling, mesmerizing. We would just listen and wonder at the dedication...
1am, 2am, 3am at work, doing what you knew best...

A life well spent in excellence..
A Celebration of Life, indeed.

You have left us, but the Almighty always knows best.
In that, we take comfort.
You will surely be missed…

May the Almighty grant you eternal peace and rest in your final abode.
Adieu, Prof...
Adieu…..

On Behalf of the Family of Late Ambassador Mustapha Sheikh Saleh
Posted by Ayodeji aluko on May 17, 2021
We heard so much about your great life and contribution to our communities in ikole from every sources available, we are so glad that you came you saw and conquered, the whole communities will surely miss you.
Posted by Olubunmi OLUGBUYI on May 17, 2021
Not having you around looks unreal.

I take solace in the fact that you are fulfilled. Your life has inspired humanity beyond words. Thank God for sending you to us, Arrivederci Uncle


(Once upon a time, lived a legend. He came, saw and conquered)
Posted by Jide Bademosi on May 16, 2021
Tribute to an Icon, Prof Adelola (Prof, Prof Adeloye)
Strange to realise I hardly called him by his First Name all through the years I first knew him as a Govt College Ibadan (GCI) student attending Adeoyo Surgery Dept in 1957 for my injury when he was a Final Year Clinical Student at UCH, Ibadan along with Late Prof Bankole, a GCI Old Boy ! Later heard of his Football prowess when he was at Christ School, Ado Ekiti!
Prof blazed the trail for me training for postgraduate Medicine & Neurology simultaneously at UCH, London to follow while late 1969-1972 at Queen's Sq. Neurology Institute & its Maida Vale Neurosurgery Unit under Prof Logue! Later, Prof Bayo Olumide & I came under the combined influence of late Profs Odeku, Lambo, Osuntokun (BOO), Edington, Williams on returning to UCH, Ibadan in April 1972!!
Prof impacted positively on my Neurology experience & further tutelage under Late Prof Osuntokun, Monekoso, Dada & Lambo. His vast knowledge of the history of Nigeria Medicine & Neurosciences in Africa, adherence to time, astute clinical examination documented in his unique writing similar to BOB's, patience while teaching & operating or his recollections of stories of UCH, UI & Society was remarkable. He was innovative, progressive & had tremendous insight into training needs in Neurosciences. Prof Adeloye was kind enough to visit me regularly to check on my welfare, and also invite me consistently to participate in his organised academic sessions at 'The Acqueduct'! Will miss his wry humour, simple dressing code, measured gait & inspirational attitude. My condolences to his entire family, and apologies for not interacting with them very much. May his brilliant and kind soul rest in peace, Amen. We pray God upholds, console and protect the entire family, Amen. My sympathies to all of us, his younger colleagues, friends, protegees, Pan African Association of Neulogical Sciences (PAANS), Nigeria Society of Neurological Sciences (NSNS). Prof Jide Bademosi.
Posted by Toiya Adams-Yharbrough on May 4, 2021
Life
Author Unknown

Life is just a stepping-stone
A pause before we make it home
A simple place to rest and be,
Until we reach eternity.
Everyone has a life journey,
A path to take with lots to see
God guides our steps along the way,
But we were never meant to stay.

Our final destination is a place
Filled with love, His majesty, and grace.
Today we celebrate the life of a loved one
Who has gone before us, the race he has won.
His journey has now ended,
His spirit has ascended
Claiming the great reward
With Jesus, our Lord.

Posted by Samuel Onabanjo on May 4, 2021
Dr Onabanjo Samuel Olufemi

Tribute to Professor Adelola Adeloye : erudite scholar teacher and mentor
It is sad news to hear the demise of Prof Adelola Adeloye, one of the pioneers of neurosurgery at the University College Hospital, Ìbàdàn the cradle of neurological sciences and neurosurgery in Nigeria.
The late Professor E Olatunde Odeku was the first to arrive on the scene, he was soon followed by Professor Adelola Adeloye and Professor Adebayo Olumide of blessed memory joined the team later just before Professor Odeku transited. Between 1978 and 1980 I had the privilege as Senior Registrar to learn the art from these great Surgeons. The Neurosurgical Unit at UCH Ibadan has since grown big and strong from the initial humble beginning Thank God for the efforts of the succeeding generation for keeping the flag flying
Professor Adelola Adeloye was an avid writer, publishing hundreds of papers in relevant scientific journals. His popular slogan was "publish or perish" indicating that promotion is intricately tied to the number of papers turned out. He was editor of some professional journals and also a medical historian
As an accomplished academic he held at different times several positions of authority in the premier University of Ìbàdàn. He was of great renown in South African countries Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, where he had trained.He won many awards. Certainly he was an achiever
By his death not only his immediate family is grieved but also this great academic, Professor of neurological surgery mentor and author, Professor Adelola Adeloye shall be mourned by national and internal professional Societies colleagues and friends. May we all be comforted and his gentle soul rest in perfect peace
Adieu Master.
Posted by Prof. T. O. Ogunlesi on April 20, 2021
A CONDOLENCE MESSAGE TO THE WIFE, CHILDREN AND THE ENTIRE FAMILY OF THE LATE PROFESSOR ADELOLA ADELOYE, AND A BRIEF TRIBUTE.

By

EMERITUS PROFESSOR T. O. OGUNLESI.

It was a great shock to me to receive the sad news of the death of my former student, ADELOLA ADELOYE, a very distinguished academic, one of the pioneers of Neurosurgery in Nigeria and Africa, and a good friend and unforgettable colleague.

ADELOLA ADELOYE was one of the first set of thirteen (13) Medical Students of the College of Medicine of the then University College Ibadan, established in Ibadan in 1948, as an affiliate of the University of London, who had their three year clinical training in Nigeria, instead of the United Kingdom, for the purpose of graduating with the degrees of M.B.B.S, London. These thirteen students were –
1. Adelola Adeloye
2. Bankole, M. A.
3. Alli, A. F.
4. Annan, W. G. T.
5. Ehanire, J. A.
6. Esimai, N. I.
7. Ibiam, E. U.
8. Lawson, E. A. L.
9. Mkereuwem, O. T.
10. Nwafor, D. C.
11. Obi, G. O.
12. Ralwan, W. B.
13. Ugo, B. O.

All of them graduated with flying colours in October 1960. By divine command, all of them have now gone to rest with the Lord, after very distinguished careers in various specialties of their choice, with ADELOLA being the last “to go”.

The details of the life and times of each of them will find their proper place in the history of Medicine in Nigeria wherever they are to be found – (private and public libraries, etc.) in Nigeria or elsewhere, and will emerge at the proper time. This is just a condolence message to Adelola’s wife, his children and the entire ADELOYE family, with fervent prayers that the Almighty God will grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, and for ADELOLA’s soul to rest in perfect peace.

I am not sure whether or not Adelola’s wife and children know how much he and I have been in touch with one another especially in the last few years. At least we were in touch by phone, quite often, such as when Professor Elebute in Lagos, Professor Oladipo Akinkugbe, Professor A. O. Lucas, all our close colleagues, were called home, to rest with the Lord.

I retired voluntarily from the University of Ibadan in 1983, at age of 60 years, and I have lived in Sagamu, Remo, Ogun State, where I was born and bred since then. But I had a house in University Crescent, Bodija Ibadan quite close to Adelola’s house, where a Bank now stands, because I sold it to the Bank since I had other houses at Osuntokun Avenue and Kongi, all of which I sold recently, for good reasons. I often called to say HELLO to him whenever I was in Ibadan. But that was before I was 90, now I am 98, on a wheel-chair, most of the time.

My “teacher – student” relationship with Adelola and his classmates began in 1958 at Adeoyo Hospital, Ibadan. ADEOYO HOSPITAL was Ibadan’s first choice by the pioneer teachers from the United Kingdom – Professors Alexander Brown (Medicine) Beatrice Joly (Surgery) John Lawson (O & G) and so on, who were the “founding fathers of the Faculty of Medicine of the present University of Ibadan. They worked very hard to enlarge and improve the various departments of the hospital, with the hope that that LONDON would approve that hospital as the teaching hospital of the new University College. But the visitation that came from London in 1952 said NO, and this led to the building of the present UCH, from funds generously provided by a WELFARE AND DEVELOPMENT FUND from the colonial Office in London.

I returned to Nigeria after study leave in the UK in 1958, armed with M.R.C.P. (LONDON), M.R.C.P. (EDIN.) and I was immediately asked to take over the Department of Medicine of Adeoyo from Professor Alexander Brown, and promoted from Medical Officer to the rank of Specialist Physician. Professor Brown knew that it would take some time to build up a Consultant Clinic such as he had developed at Adeoyo, in the new Teaching Hospital, so he urged me, and I gladly accepted, to take these 13 students on a Teaching Ward Round at Adeoyo, twice a week, preferably in the late afternoons – 4pm – 6pm. That was the beginning of a Professional relationship that grew steadily became very productive, fruitful and beneficial in many ways.

In 1961, I was offered, and I accepted an appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine, U.I/U.C.H – all neatly and well arranged by Professor Alexander Brown. “I need you, in my department”, he told me, in confidence. Promoted Associate Professor in 1962 and Professor in 1965. I became the First Head of the Department of Medicine (Nigerian) in 1972, after the death of Professor Alexander Brown. I was also offered, I accepted, and so became Nigeria’s First Emeritus Professor of Medicine, to the glory of God.

As I look back, over the years, I am grateful to God, that I have lived to see my students at Ibadan, beginning with Adelola and his classmates excel, in the Medical Profession, attaining greater heights than my humble self, at least in their chosen specialties. I have in mind, intellectual giants like Kayode Osuntokun and his wife (then Camerom Cole), Lateef Salako, Osotimehin, Wole Ojo, Lagundoye, to mention a few. Indeed, my records show that there were 20 of them in the graduating set of October 1961, 35 in the graduating set of 1962, 40 in the graduating set of 1963, 50 in the graduating set of 1964, 40 in the graduating set of 1965, 46 in the graduating set of 1966, 42 in the graduating set of 1967, 46 in the graduating set of 1968 and so on. I will stop there, for reasons of space, but I am certain that that was the position, up to the time when I retired in 1960. 

However, it is important to note that the graduands did not exceed 50 in any of these years. This was because London insisted to start with, and we (the teachers) agreed that, in order to maintain a high quality of facilities for direct teaching and training, the ratio of students to hospital beds (with patients) in the hospital should be about 1 to 10. That is 10 hospital beds for every clinical student, all through his 3 years of training. Therefore with 500 beds which the bed capacity of the new UCH at that time, the annual intake of Pre-clinical students into year one (Anatomy Physiology, etc) was restricted to the best 50 applicants. Adelola and his classmates satisfied those criteria. Students like Dosekun, Akinkugbe and others who had finished passed their pre-clinical exams in Nigeria before the new UCH was completed and commissioned in 1947, we sent to London and placed in teaching hospitals there, where they finished and obtained their M.B.B.S London.

I suppose that the situation was changed, whatever the reason or pressure, after the University College became the University of Ibadan. Be that as it may, I believe that Ibadan is still “First and Best”.

Finally, my recollection now, as I write, is that Adelola was the youngest in age among his classmates. But I also recall that he was very brilliant and very hardworking, and that I was not surprised that he became No. 2 to the late Professor Olatunde Odeku in nurturing the growth and development of Neurosurgery in Ibadan. I am also happy to note that Adelola followed some of my own footsteps, such as training at the Postgraduate Medical School of London and Hammersmith Hospital Ducane Road London, where I was a Senior House Officer in 1957, and that he did his major Postgraduate studies in UK and USA.

Once more, I pray that Adelola Adeloye’s soul will find a peaceful resting place in the bosom of our Lord. AMEN.

EMERITUS PROFESSOR T. O. OGUNLESI.
Posted by Alufohai Ewan on April 19, 2021
Prof Ade Adeloye's humility was disarming. Many could not reconcile this with his collosal standing as a world acclaimed Neuro-Surgeon. As my mentor, he gave me a headstart in academics by granting me the privilege of reviewing three chapters in the 2nd edition of Davies Companion to Surgery in Africa, As Provost, he made me proud by accepting to give the first swearing in ceremony lecture of the medical graduates of Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma Edo State. He greatly thrilled the audience on the personality of Ambrose Alli who was his classmate at U.I. medical school. So impactful was this lecture, that His Excellency Lucky Igbinedion thanked him so much for the narration. Prof was there for three of us from UCH Dept of Surgery, late 'Yombo Awojobi, late Agbamu Sagua and myself who delved into the rural communities to provide expert surgical solace to the poor. He encouraged us to replicate what we took away from the U.C.H Ibadan Ibarapa project. I can only pray that God Almighty will grant him a well deserved rest in the bosom of Abraham in Jesus name amen. Prof Ewan Alufohai FMCS
Posted by Ayodele Awojobi on April 19, 2021
TRIBUTE IN HONOUR OF EMERITUS PROFESSOR ADELOLA ADELOYE ON BEHALF OF THE AWOJOBIS

The Bible says in Mark 12:17 ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s….’(KJV). Many years ago during a programme at the College Auditorium at the University College Hospital, Late Professor Emeritus T.F. Solanke said ‘Give unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s when Caesar is alive. That was my father’s watch word till he passed away in 2015.

My Father, Late Dr. Oluyombo Awojobi was very fond of his teachers in UCH and vice versa. He respected them so much and they all took him as their son and in extension, we his family members. I remember the first of his teachers I got to know as a young boy was Late Prof. Emeritus T.F. Solanke, then Prof. O.O. Ajayi. Years later, I knew Prof. Adekunle, Late Prof. O.O. Adebo, Prof Emeritus T.O. Ogunlesi, Late Mr. Itayemi, Late Prof. O.O. Akinkugbe, Prof. O.O. Falase and many others. Then there was Prof. Adelola Adeloye. How come I knew all these great men in Medicine?

My Dad had the habit of taking us along to any scientific gathering especially in UCH those days. He would introduce us to them and that was all. I accompanied him a couple of times when he visited them at their homes. There were times he would bring them to visit Awojobi Clinic Eruwa (ACE) and after 3 to 4 hours of touring the complex he would take them back home. That became the business of my elder brother, Oluyombo Junior or myself in later years. The trip to Eruwa was always loaded with discussions about the health sector in Nigeria, how My Dad was able to survive as a Surgeon in Eruwa with appropriate technologies and the things he learnt from his UCH days. His teachers were always very happy to see one of their students doing well in a rural environment. The discussions always ended with a meal by Mrs. Atinuke Awojobi.

Of all his teachers, there was something spectacular about Prof. Adeloye. He was mostly in suit whenever he visited us! I remember I accompanied my Dad to visit him at his house in Basorun a couple of times and I also went there myself to deliver messages from my Dad, mostly books. Prof loved reading. I remember I went to pick him to Eruwa during the 21st Anniversary of ACE in October 2007. On our way back to Ibadan that day, he said something to me ‘Ayodele, pele oh, shey o ti jeun? Ma sare o. Thank you’. (Ayodele, how are you? Hope you have eaten? Please don’t over speed. Thank you)
Prof’s office at Bodija, ‘THE AQUEDUCT’ became the meeting point when he, Prof. Adekunle and my Dad started the journey of editing the third edition of ‘DAVEY’S COMPANION TO SURGERY IN AFRICA’. They had meetings for hours to make the book a reality and to the glory of God, it did.

The norm most of the time is to celebrate people after they must have passed on to the world beyond but my Dad immortalized his teacher when he was alive. In 2009, he led a team of 51 Nigerian Doctors under the umbrella of Association of Rural Surgical Practitioners of Nigeria(ARSPON) to attend the conference of International Federation of Rural Surgeons (IFRS) and Association of Rural Surgeons of India(ARSI) in India. It was during that conference that Nigeria was selected as the next venue and Awojobi Clinic Eruwa would host in 2011! The journey of getting a befitting place in the premises of ACE to host IFRS and ARSI in 24 months’ time started. To the glory of God, ADELOYE-AJAYI AUDITORIUM was dedicated before the Conference in 2011.

On the 7th of April, 2021, his son, Dr. Tunde Adeloye informed us of Prof’s demise on the 6th of April. He lived a fulfilled life. My Dad told me some of his exploits in Malawi as a Neurosurgeon. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. 
Ayodele Awojobi.
Posted by Olabode Lucas on April 15, 2021
TRIBUTE TO THE LATE EMERITUS PROFESSOR ADELOLA ADELOYE
FAS, DSc. (1935 - 2021).
                    By
        PROFESSOR OLABODE LUCAS
I became close to the late Emeritus Professor Adelola Adeloye in 2015, when he launched my book titled "SNAPSHOTS ON SOME NIGERIAN AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS." I was fortunate to get him to perform this role through my late cousin, the late Professor Adetokunbo Lucas,CFR, FAS, who Professor Adeloye highly respected as his good teacher at the University of Ibadan Medical School in the sixties. I was attracted to Emeritus Professor Adelola Adeloye because of his sheer professional and academic profundity, coupled with his prodigious literary skill. His humility despite his great achievements in his professional life to me was exemplary.

My subsequent interactions with the late Emeritus Professor Adeloye, were very illuminating, profitable and sobering. He related well with me as a valued junior colleague and always made me feel at home anytime I visited him. He also always reciprocated my visits, when he never failed to encourage me in my budding literary pursuits. I learnt a lot from him through our numerous discussions on contemporary issues.

As a renowned Neurosurgeon, he made his mark not only in Nigeria but throughout the world where he put Nigeria with pride on the world map of Medicine. Apart from his beloved discipline of Neurosurgery, Emeritus Professor Adeloye wrote many books on medical history and on some issues related to his family, his alma mater, (Christ School Ado Ekiti) and football. In his books on medical history in Nigeria, he wrote in an inimitable way expositions on pioneers of medicine in Nigeria and some West African countries. All these expositions are delightful to read, and they contain valuable mine of information for both medical and non medical readers. The late Emeritus Professor Adeloye was a wordsmith who took joy in writing and I attest to the fact that even in his last days in this earth, he was still engaged in writing on one issue or the other. I count myself lucky to be in possession of all his books which I will continue to treasure.

I have no doubt in my mind, that the late Emeritus Professor Adeloye was a genius by any definition of the word. His Curriculum vitae was very formidable and intimidating, with over 400 published articles in renowned local and international journals. He contributed immensely to the discipline of the noble profession of Medicine in Nigeria, United Kingdom, USA, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Malawi and in all these countries, he was given well deserved honour and recognition. It is on record that a popular record was waxed in his honour in Edo language for a life saving operation he carried out on a patient who had lost all hope of survival.

It was not all work and no play for the late Emeritus Professor Adeloye. In his younger days, he was a keen footballer and played for Christ School Ado- Ekiti, his alma mater. Later in life, he became a fervent fan of the game both at home and internationally, and he even contributed newspaper articles on "the beautiful game of football" during World Cup series. The late Emeritus Professor also always loved playing guitar which he played like a professional.

The family Emeritus Professor Adelola Adeloye should be proud of the legacy left behind by this great man. It is no exaggeration to say that he contributed with distinction to humanity and like Caesar, he came, he saw and he conquered,
May his brilliant soul rest in perfect peace and may his memory continue to be a blessing.

OLABODE LUCAS

Posted by Susan Duraisamy on April 13, 2021
The world has sadly lost a brilliant mind, a great teacher and a kind soul in the passing of Prof. Adeloye. He was a rare gem. We are truly blessed that our paths crossed in this life. Rest in eternal peace Sir. Susan, on behalf of the Duraisamy family.
Posted by Akin-Tunde Odukogbe on April 12, 2021
Professor A. Adeloye graciously lectured the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan students during their orientation into 'Medicine and Allied Professions' in 2019, on 'History of Medicine'.
He was on his feet throughout. He joked to the students that he and myself can be mistaken for members of a band set, citing the white hair, spectacles, blue shirt, red tie, black jacket and black shoes (partially)!
During the trips to and from UI, he told me stories.
I could only visit him once or twice thereafter, and he did understand one's schedule.
May his gentle soul rest in Him. May He watch over those he left behind.
May his legacies endure.
Posted by Olufemi Olowookere on April 11, 2021
Oh! The teacher of teachers is gone. I remember my first close encounter with Emeritus Prof. Adelola Adeloye in the Clinic when I had the privilege of attending to him. He listened attentively after telling me his complaints . During the consultation process, he told me stories... After the consultation that lasted about 2 hours, he said "you are a good doctor, keep it up" I was encouraged. He is soft spoken and a gentle man. A prolific writer and historian. Until his demise, his short and long term memories were very good.
He will forever be missed. I pray the Lord will bless the family he left behind.
Posted by Loice Jeyakumar on April 11, 2021
We are profoundly sad to hear the demise of Professor Adelola Adeloye. His legacy is great, he excelled in his career, lead an exemplary life and entered eternity. May his gentle soul Rest In Peace. May the Lord comfort his loved ones mourning his loss.
Dear Gita and Kunle you are in our prayers and thoughts ☮️☦️
Drs . Jeyakumars
Posted by John Usuah on April 10, 2021
A Teacher of the teachers of teachers, the twin father of Africa Neurosurgery...... Good night our dear father.
Posted by Alonge Temitope Oluwagben... on April 10, 2021
Growing up in an environment that was not a familiar terrain and comforted by a gentle tap on the back ‘Dr Alonge, you are doing well, well done eh’ were the soothing words of this renown Professor when I was his House Officer. You took me as your son and knowing that my late mother was from Ijesa Isu cemented the bonding. Your sound counsel when you visited me in the office of the CMD will be cherished forever. I pray that your legacies will surely outlive you. Rest In Peace my teacher, mentor and father
Posted by Abraham Ariyo on April 10, 2021
ADELOYE: Among The Greatest

By Abraham Ariyo, M.D.

Adeloye Adelola of the ‘Adeloye-Odeku Disease’ passed on to glory this week. He was an Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at Nigeria’s premier medical school, The College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and retired Consultant Neurosurgeon, University College Hospital, Ibadan. He will be remembered as one of the world’s greatest physician-surgeons that ever lived.

Since the existence of methodical documentation in the archives of medical literature, only a handful of practitioners have contributed immensely enough such that a disease was eponymously named after them. To achieved this feat, first, a practitioner must have a mastery of the existing diseases in the entire annals of medicine to recognize a new disease. Second, he must have an astute insight to be able to recognize the eureka moment of discovery. Third, he must have a conducive environment, vis-à-vis, an excellent medical citadel where medical geniuses aggregate and can help polish the gem to describe a novel disease.

Professor Adeloye was a master in medical knowledge and a gifted surgeon. He was astute enough to identified a new disease while under the tutelage of the pioneering world’s First Black Neurosurgeon, Professor Odeku. Both were working during a truly golden era of African Medicine in the 1970s at the University College Hospital, (UCH) Ibadan.

In the last century, there were close similarities between the medical occurrences in the 1970s at UCH and occurrences in the 1930-40s at Harvard Medical School Hospitals in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
As a Fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School in the 1990s, in addition to the rigorous medical learning regimen and friendly colleagues, there was this constant presence of medical history all around me. One of the common stories that floated around at the time goes like this.

A young fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital named Dr. Harry Klinefelter was clarking a patient, but noticed that this patient’s clinical features were unusual and did not conform with the existing diseases in the medical annals. He was perplexed and reached out to his Chief, Dr. Fuller Albright. After the two still could not figure out this new clinical constellations, they reached across the street for Dr. Harvey Cushing, the Neurosurgeon and Surgeon in Chief, at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital (now Brigham and Women’s Hospital) for consultation.

It is interesting to note that, the young fellow, Harry Klinefelter ended up describing the patient in medical literature. This disease became Klinefelter syndrome. He lent his name to a disease like his supervisor, Fuller Albright of Albright syndrome and of course, the great Harvey Cushing of Cushing syndrome.

Thus, our Professor Adeloye, whose life we celebrate today, remains in the company of the world’s most exclusive club of medical geniuses whose names have been eponymously engraved with self-named disease descriptions in the annals of world’s medical literature. He, along with the late Professor Odeku as in Adeloye-Odeku Disease, Harry Klinefelter as in Klinefelter syndrome, Fuller Albright as in Albright syndrome, and Harvey Cushing as in Cushing syndrome were all unique.

They were some of the world’s greatest, and Professor Adeloye is among these greatest physician-surgeons of all time.


Abraham A. Ariyo, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Director, HeartMasters Cardiology
Interventional Cardiologist,
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Texas
Posted by Abraham Ariyo on April 10, 2021
Professor Adelola Adeloye (1935-2021).
MBBS (London), DSc (Hon.), FACS, FRCS.

AN ICON IN THE ANNALS OF MEDICINE


By Abraham Ariyo, M.D.


Adeloye-Odeku Disease, a congenital disease of the brain, was first described by Adeloye A and Odeku EL in their landmark publication in 1971.They were Nigeria’s second and first Neurosurgeons, respectively. The existence and nomenclature of this disease, that is self-named, is now established worldwide and has now been fully engraved into the lexicon of the world’s medical literature in perpetuity.

This week, we celebrate the life of a great physician-surgeon, Adelola Adeloye, an Emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery at Nigeria’s premier medical school, The College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and retired Consultant Neurosurgeon, University College Hospital, Ibadan.

Adelola Adeloye was born in Ilesa in Western Nigeria on July 18th, 1935, and passed on April 6th, 2021. He was the first of 5 children born to Ebenezer Ajayi and Elizabeth Adeloye. His father, whom he personally described as a "Village genius" originally hails from Ikole-Ekiti, but worked in Ilesa as a mechanic. He invented a cassava grater, a double cassava grating machine, and a cotton wool spiner machine. Adelola attended primary school at St. Paul's CMS School in Ikole-Ekiti (1941-1946) and secondary at Christ's School, Ado-Ekiti (1947- 1952). At Christ's School, he was the Government’s academic Scholar (1949-1952), the School Prefect/President (1952) and the Football/Soccer captain (1952). He graduated in 1952 with Distinction in the Cambridge School Leaving Certificate Examinations.

The young Adeloye was looking into a career in mechanical engineering until he met his father’s friend. This friend told him that his father had done everything with machines. He should do something else. Adeloye, who had never heard of medicine at the time, asked, “What else can I do?” The old man, who had just arrived from Ibadan where he saw white coated doctors at the hospital, told him Medicine. Adeloye later moved to Ibadan, only to find out that he needed physics and chemistry, classes he never took before, to enter Medicine. He had a word of encouragement that because of his performance in Additional Mathematics, he should not have difficulties with those subjects if he took them seriously. He took classes in these subjects, passed, and then took the entrance examination to the then University of London (now University of Ibadan) and passed.

Thus, he gained admission into the prestigious, University College Ibadan in 1953, to study Medicine. From here on, he blazed the trail on his long and remarkable surgical journey into the top Medical institutions in the world and into the lexicon of the world’s medical archives. He was among the first set of Nigerian students to complete their entire Medical education in Ibadan, Nigeria, obtaining the MBBS (London) degree in 1960. Further, he was the youngest in his graduating class of 1960 and the best graduating student in Chemical Pathology.

Subsequently, he embarked on further training as a Postgraduate Fellow in Anatomy, General Surgery Resident at Hammersmith, London; Neurotrauma training at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford and Neurosurgery training at the North Staffordshire (1963 - 1964). Adelola passed the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP Edinburgh) in Neurology that qualified him as a Neurologist in July 1965, and the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS) in 1966 that qualified him as a Neurosurgeon. As a result, he prefers to refer to himself as a Neurological Surgeon (a Neurophysician who operates on the Nervous System) rather than a Neurosurgeon.

In 1967, Professor Adeloye returned to UCH, Ibadan, Nigeria, to join the Department of Neurosurgery under the tutelage of the late distinguished and poineering Prof E.L. Odeku. He rose through the ranks and became Professor of Neurological Surgery in October 1972, and Head of Surgery (1974-77). He became Rockefeller Research Fellow in Experimental Teratology at the University of Cincinnati, USA, (1972 -73) and Ratanji Dalai Scholar of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1973-74) for the study of CNS malformations (Spina Bifida Cystica). Further, he obtained a Masters degree in Surgery (MS) of the University of London in 1973, with a thesis on Neurosurgery.

In 1987, he worked as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and served as the Head of Neurosurgery at Al-Adan Government Hospital in Kuwait (1988 -1990). In 1991, he became the Foundation Professor and Head of Surgery at the University of Malawi, where he also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Acting Principal of the College of Medicine, University of Malawi. He was also a representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Malawi.

Professor Adeloye was an Honorary Fellow, The American College of Surgeons (2009); Foundation member and President, Pan-African Association of Neurological Sciences (PAANS) (1972, 2000-2002); President, Neurosurgery section, Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences (NSNS) (1988); President, Surgical Association of Malawi (1998-2000);Foundation President, Neurosurgical Society of East and Central Africa (1999). He was elected as Honorary President for Life of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS) in September 2001, becoming the first Black African to be so honored by that world body. He was also Honorary President for Life of the PAANS, the Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences (NSNS), and the Nigerian Academy of Neurological Surgeons (NANS).

Professor Adeloye was a prolific writer and author. He had published extensively on Neuro-Surgery and the history of West African Medicine. Further, he has written books about his loved ones like his father (Village genius) and his late wife (The biography of Codanda Kamala KalappaAdeloye). He had authored over 400 published manuscripts and contributed to Textbook of Medicine and Surgery, including self-named description of a novel disease in the annals of world’s medical archives. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Medical Journal (1980-1990); Sub-Editor, East and Central African Journal of Surgery, and Member, Editorial Board of multiple scientific journals that include (Neurosurgery, African Journal of Neurological Sciences, Paraplegia, Child's Nervous System, Brazilian Journal of Neurosurgery, African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, Dokita,etc).

Prof Adeloye was married to the late Dr. Kamala CodandaKappalaAdeloye, a medical graduate of Madras University in India (1967) and a Pediatrician. She was also the Head of the Employee Health Center (Jaja Clinic), at the University of Ibadan campus. He is blessed with three children and six grand-children.

Professor Adeloye, you were simply a person that possessed lifetime humanistic qualities of brilliance, compassion, dedication, and optimism. In our hearts, you will forever remain our teacher of teachers, and professor of professors. While on earth, you have ensured that your name Adeloye is fully engraved in the lexicon of the world’s medical literature, we pray that the good Lord engraves your name among His greatest servants and grant you glory, everlasting peace and eternal life in Heaven.

Today, we celebrate you, Professor Adeloye, rest in peace.


Abraham A. Ariyo, MD, FACC.
Director, HeartMasters Cardiology
Interventional Cardiologist, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Texas.
Posted by Abraham Ariyo on April 10, 2021
Professor Adeloye, you were simply a person that possessed lifetime humanistic qualities of brilliance, compassion, dedication, and optimism. In our hearts, you will forever remain our teacher of teachers, and professor of professors. While on earth, you have ensured that your name Adeloye is fully engraved in the lexicon of the world’s medical archives, we pray that the good Lord engraves your name among His greatest servants and grant you glory, everlasting peace and eternal life in Heaven.

Today, we celebrate you, Professor Adeloye, rest in peace.


Abraham A. Ariyo, MD, FACC.
Director, HeartMasters Cardiology
Interventional Cardiologist, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Texas, USA.
Posted by mariam olatunji on April 10, 2021
Dear Grandaddy,
It hurt me very much to know that you are no longer here no more. You were not only a grandad to me, but you were also a father to me and Habib. I was really looking forward to seeing you in May/June. You were a father and a friend to my mom and dad. I remember you saying to me, 'Mariam is going to be a writer.' Take your deserved rest in Heaven with Grandma. Habib misses you teaching him about football. I will never forget you, grandad. We will all make you proud. I love you, Grandad.
Lots of love,
Mariam xxx
Posted by Gita Adeloye on April 10, 2021
Goodbye, my darling daddy, the day the lord gave you is suddenly ended. I
do not want to believe that you are gone. Thank you for being my father,my mentor,my friend ,my strength. Throughout my life you inspired me and lifted me up in my darkest hours. You loved me and my siblings unconditionally and wanted the best for all of us. I loved your great and unique sense of humour and your ability to find the positive in every situation. Your words when I was born were "Thank you God for giving me a girl.".There was never any question of my favour in your eyes. I pray that in the hereafter those wonderful eyes continue twinkling.

I didn't choose a career in medicine but this was never an issue for you. You encouraged me to be my own person and truly protected me. When the war broke out in Kuwait and you got stuck there, I thank you for your insight of discouraging me to travel there at that awful time. Your immense courage throughout that period is clearly immortalised in your wonderful book "Inside occupied Kuwait" which I recommend all the Adeloyes to read. Your courage saved the lives of many foreigners who were stuck there with you.

You were a prolific writer , and I am so pleased that your only granddaughter has inherited this love of penmanship from you. Oh,daddy,why did you leave, she still has so much to learn from you!

You produced an immense store of medical and non medical works but my favourites are "Inside occupied Kuwait" and " Kamala" ,the biography and tribute to my late mother which you compiled in 2015.

As you go now to your final resting place,I request God to grant you eternal life ,peace and solace in all you achieved academically but above all,the love and respect of your children and me your only daughter and first child. I , my siblings and your six grandchildren will miss you immensely daddy.

With all my love,I kiss you .....farewell..Gita
Posted by Ayojesutomi Abiodun-Solan... on April 9, 2021
Adieu dear Daddy,
Found it so hard to come to terms with the fact that you are no more, it was just as if you were meant to live forever to me but alas I was wrong.
We are thankful to God for the fulfilled life you led, we are thankful for the great and good example that you were - our Mum did tell us your earned scholarship saw many of your siblings including her through school, what a lovely father you were, you were one of the few I drew inspiration from to choose a career in lecturing. Thank you for being excellent in all you did.
Your legacies will continue in us as we strive to be excellent in all we do as well. May Nigeria and the World become a better place because we are here now.
Take your well deserved rest, dear grandpa,
Take your well deserved rest, dear erudite and emeritus Professor of Neurosurgery.
Take your well deserved rest, patriarch of the Adeloyes Family.

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