Tribute To An Icon

“Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, the consultant physician, who had contracted the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) directly from the Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who imported the virus into Nigeria, is DEAD”.

When this report was made on that fateful Tuesday, 19th of August, hearts were torn in sympathetic agony at the loss of a true Icon and Heroine who laid down her life in the bid to protect others, just as she swore when she took her oath of practice.


Dr. Ameyo Stella Shade Adadevoh born on the 27th of October 1956 was a Senior Physician (Endocrinologist) at the First Consultant Hospital. Her great-grandfather – Herbert Macaulay – is one of the most celebrated founders of modern Nigeria. Her grandfather was from the illustrious Adadevoh family of the Volta Region of Ghana with whom she was very much connected to and in touch with though she lived in Lagos. Her father was also a physician and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos.


Very few people can be said to be as diligent in the face of work and logical irrationality as our dear Dr Adadevoh was! She realized that if the apex Ebola case victim, Patrick Sawyer had got out of his intensive care ward that day, thousands would have died in the aftermath. Unclad in the usual protective gear required to make contact with the victims, she grabbed the emotionally unstable Patrick Sawyer, preventing him from running out of that hospital. Lives were saved but at the expense of a sacrificed one – Dr Adadevoh’s.


As the world clamours for the ultimate Ebola panacea, let us not forget the invaluable sacrifice made by this Heroine, Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh. It shouldn’t be far from our conscience that selflessness is the ultimate panacea for healing the wounds that afflict humanity. Being our brother and sister’s keeper and having their back is ultimately what really saves lives!

May her soul Rest In Peace.