August 22, 2014 – The Life History Of Nigerian-Ghanaian Doctor Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Killed By Ebola Virus In Lagos
Adedavoh was the first doctor and the fourth Nigerian to die from the virus. She was in coma for some days before she finally succumbed to the disease. The other fatalities were two nurses and an ECOWAS protocol officer. Five other persons who were infected have been discharged from isolation ward, while two other persons are currently undergoing treatment. Friends and well-wishers of the late doctor had launched a campaign for the United States to make the ZMapp experimental drug available for her, describing her efforts at saving the life of Sawyer as “heroic”. However, makers of the drug had announced that they had run out of supplies and it would take months to produce.
Adadevoh, 58, was a Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, and a member of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the British-Nigerian Association. She obtained an MBBS degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria, as well as a Diploma in Endocrinology from the University of London.
A Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College, Dr. Adadevoh practiced in the United Kingdom and Nigeria for more than three decades. Until her death, she was the Lead Consultant at First Consultants Medical Centre Lagos.
Described as a very selfless and kind-hearted lady, Adadevoh had a passion for treating many less privileged people, for free. She was a woman of unfailing charm, endowed with a deep sense of responsibility and sharp wit.
Although, Ameyo was born into the illustrious Adadevoh family of Anyako Royal House of Ghana, her family has a long history in Nigeria, running back to the times of Nigeria’s father of nationalism, Sir Herbert Macaulay. Ameyo’s grandmother, Sarah Adadevoh was the daughter of Sir Herbert Macaulay, the founder of Nigerian nationalism. Macaulay, was the grandson of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther, a Nigerian linguist and the first African Anglican bishop in Africa. He was the most widely known African Christian of the nineteenth century as his life spanned the greater part of it: he was born in its first decade and died in its last.
Ameyo’s father, the late Professor Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh was a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, he was one of the most respected metabolic physicians in Nigeria as well.
Ameyo Adadevoh was married to Afolabi Cardoso, a successful Chemical Engineer and respected corporate veteran with noble background. He is from the famous Cardoso of Lagos Island and the brother of Yemi Cardoso, the former Lagos State Commissioner for Budget and Planning during Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s administration. The marriage between Ameyo and Afolabi Cardoso produced a son.
Family sources disclosed that the remains of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh will be cremated at a very private ceremony.