Paediatric Association of Nigeria

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Honoring the Legacy of Prof. Theodore Chukwunyere Okeahialam: A Tribute to a founding father of the paediatrics in Nigeria


The Paediatric Association of Nigeria is deeply saddened by the loss of one of our founding fathers, an astute teacher, a great mentor and a gentleman, Prof. Theodore Chukwunyere Okeahialam, who died on 14th May, 2023. With heavy hearts, we extend our sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues. Prof. Okeahialam’s passing leaves a void in our Association and the field of Paediatrics that will be deeply felt.

Prof. Okeahialam was an exceptional individual whose unwavering dedication, remarkable expertise, and compassionate nature made a profound impact on the lives of Nigerian and African children. His pioneering research especially on childhood nutrition during the Nigerian civil war, commitment to excellence, and tireless advocacy for child health have left an indelible mark on paediatric medicine in our sub region, and indeed the world. As we mourn his loss, let us remember and honor his contributions, carrying forward his legacy by continuing to advance the field of paediatrics and improving the lives of Nigerian children.

During this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with Prof. Okeahialam’s family, as well as all those whose lives he touched. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration, and may we find solace in the knowledge that his remarkable work will continue to impact the lives of children for years to come.