Celebrating Prof. Dora Akunyili – an Amazon


The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero

The history of Nigerian women who made a positive difference nationally and internationally cannot be complete without making mention of Professor Dora Akunyili – a doyenee, a beautiful woman and roe model.

Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili is a native of Nanka in Anambra State, she was born on July 14, 1954, in Makurdi, Benue State in Nigeria. This woman of excellence was a brilliant young chap during her primary, secondary and undergraduate years. She became a hospital pharmacist and from there rose to a consultant pharmacologist. She was once worked as the south- east zonal secretary of Petroleum Special Trust Fund (P.T.F.).

She was married to Dr. Chike Akunyili and their marriage is blessed with lovely children.

As a scientist and scholar, she has presented papers in numerous local and international events. She is a writer and published author. During her lifetime she supervised PhD and Masters candidates in University of Nigeria Nsukka and Nnamdi Azikiwe University respectively. She also supervised post graduate students in medicine. This lady also was a Chief Examiner in Pharmacology for 3rd MBBS College of Medicine, Abia State University. She was an active member of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. Dora was renowned for her great strides during her tenure as the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). She also was appointed Minister of Information. She once ran for election as a senator on the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) but she didn’t win. Dora was a woman of substance. During her life time she was honored with many awards and accolades. Some of them include: African Virtuous and Entrepreneurial Women Merit Award. Person of the Year Award. Time Magazine Award. Award for Excellence Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili was an iron lady, a Shero and great woman leader. Her memories will forever remain fresh in our hearts. Her legacies are indelible. We will forever honor and celebrate her.

“A country grows great when old men plant trees, whose shade they will not live to enjoy.”
– Dora Akunyili

“If we fail to act now, history will not forgive us. I rest my case.”
-Dora Akunyili


With a heavy heart and tears in our eyes, we at Hinovelty and all Nigerians join the family of Dr. Chike Akunyili to mourn the passing on to glory of our dear mother, sister, aunty, friend, teacher and role model Dora Nkem Akunyili. May her lovely soul enjoy eternal bliss in God’s blossom.


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