When they mention INTEGRITY your name jumps to mind.

My closest encounter with you was during the 2014 Nigerian

National Conference (NNC) at the National Judicial Institute

Abuja. Then a little voice said to me:

“You’re looking at the first female Vice President of Nigeria”

But then, death exercised the Doctrine of Necessity on you.

Death is a necessary end, the sage says:

It will come when it will come.

Nevertheless, you live on

In the hearts of the thousands your integrity rescued

From the death throes of fake drugs

And the millions your gumption saved

From the clutches of a rapacious cabal.

Continue to rest in peace, the People’s Professor!

From Random Thoughts: A Collection of Essays and Poems by Tony Ekata

Dedicated to Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili (1954-2014)

First female Director General of NAFDAC (2001-2008)

Recipient, Integrity Award – Transparency International (2003)

First female Minister of Information and Communication (2008-2010)

Appointed Chairman West African Drug Regulatory Agencies Network (WADRAN) – March 2006

And Vice Chairman International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Task Force

(IMPACT) (November 2006)

Honorary Member of The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (2008)

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