Ola Orekunrin

Ola Orekunrin is a medical doctor, helicopter pilot and managing director of the Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa's first air ambulance service and a crucial link for critically injured people who, like many across the continent, are far away from hospital care. Along the way, Orekunrin has become a passionate advocate for finding African …

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12 Young Entrepreneurs Who Make Me Feel Optimistic About Nigeria’s Future

Not long ago I came across a picture on Facebook; it was the first item on my timeline. In the picture were three individuals: my Facebook friend, a successful and commendable African entrepreneur, and another individual. Alongside the picture was a caption, which celebrated "the individual," a beneficiary of a brutal military regime. The caption …

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Nigeria’s Young Entrepreneurs

There is a crop of young people who have chosen to defy the odds and succeed in their chosen fields of endeavour in spite of the harsh economic terrain of the country and lack of opportunities and infrastructure that continue to hinder many of their peers from seeing the potential they possess within to accomplish …

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Female Doctor Beats Odds To Bring Air Ambulance To Nigeria

EXPERTS SAID DR. OLA OREKUNRIN'S DREAM TO CREATE AIR AMBULANCE SERVICE IN NIGERIA WAS IMPOSSIBLE. BUT A DOCTOR AND HELICOPTER PILOT, SHE HAD THE SKILLS AND DEDICATION TO MAKE IT WORK. OREKUNRIN TELLS HOST MICHEL MARTIN ABOUT FLYING DOCTORS NIGERS. Listen To Interview > TRANSCRIPT MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to turn now to another …

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Africa?s Trauma Epidemic

Lagos — It was dusk and I was on my way home from Abeokuta, a vibrant city in southwest Nigeria. My driver had switched off the car’s air-conditioning so I could open the windows and feel the breeze. He was weaving between potholes in the road when suddenly, the scene ahead changed. A large truck …

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