Olamide Orekunrin: Promoting Healthcare One Flight At A Time
Dr. Olamide Orekunrin is the CEO and MD of the first air ambulance in West Africa, ‘The Flying Doctors’. She graduated from medical school in England at age 21 making her one of the youngest medical doctors in all of England.
http://www.olaorekunrin.com/press/ relocated to Nigeria leaving her prestigious job in England with an aim of promoting healthcare in her mother country. This is how ‘The Flying Doctors’ was born and established in the year 2009.
Her sister’s death due to sickle cell anemia was the primary motivation for establishing the business. Even though her sister was always in and out of hospitals the lack of the availability of an air ambulance led to her demise.
According to Dr. Olamide Orekunrin the first time anyone ever suggested establishing an air ambulance in Nigeria was in 1960 but there was no follow through with the idea. After studying the models in Uganda, Kenya, and Libya, she was convinced that she could successfully replicate the idea in Nigeria.
https://www.crunchbase.com/person/ola-orekunrin has big plans for her company. She believes that in due course her service will benefit even low-income earners. She believes that once Nigeria begins to take healthcare more seriously and more states take up cover, low-income earners will enjoy the service.
Even though one might be mistaken to believe that she has achieved it all, she is quick to dispel such notions. She talks about leaving her political ambitions in England, quitting her job, and selling her car and house and headed to Nigeria to establish ‘The Flying Doctors’.
Dr. Olamide Orekunrin believes that it is her genuine love for her motherland Africa and home nation Nigeria that propelled her zeal to succeed. She saw the importance of integrating back to her roots especially after being raised in an all-white environment.
She ( https://www.facebook.com/public/Olamide-Orekunrin ) was raised in a town called Lowestoft that is located in the east of rural England in a completely white community. She was raised by white foster parents and went to a primary school run by Catholic nuns.
She believes that her foster mother shaped her life significantly. She talks of Doreen, her foster mother as a wise and spiritual woman who taught her many valuable things.
Dr. Orekunrin has been featured in Forbes Magazine and is a recipient of the 2012 Thisday award as well as other many awards for her work in research and clinical evidence. She has also published a book.