Nursing is a Noble Career with diverse specialities. As a nurse, you can decide to specialize in pediatrics, geriatrics, anaesthetics,oncology, midwifery, cardio thoracic, Nephrology,  accident and emergency Etc. Despite these specialities and expanded roles of a nurse, many nurses are doing amazingly great in other areas of life combined with their nursing careers. For instance, many are doing extraordinarily in Politics, Information Technology, academics, entrepreneur, Administration, entertainment industry and even in the clinical nursing practice. Without doubt, these unique nurses are worth appreciating as they are a great source of inspiration to us in the last one year.

Top 10 inspiring Nigerian Nurses in 2018.

10. Victor Taiwo BEGBAAJI
Category: Entertainment

Victor Taiwo whose stage name is THERAPY hails from Ile-Oluji in Ondo state Nigeria. He was born on December 29th, 1992 to the family of Mr and Mrs Begbaaji. He’s the youngest of the three male children and the fourth of five children of the family. Victor is a professional nurse and upcoming hiphop artiste. He has worked in various hospitals and organizations after school as a registered nurse. He started singing from tender age but developed full interest in music when was in tertiary institution where he did a lot of free styles, recordings and stage performances during various events in the school. He will be dropping his first official single song tittled “ORI MI” later this month.

Victor Taiwo ( Therapy )

As an upcoming artiste, he’s  also a member of various nursing organizations part of which are National Association of Nursing and midwifery council of Nigeria, Association of men in Nursing assembly of Nigeria. He’s also a former President of National Association of Ile-Oluji/oke igbo students, SONAK charpter.

: Nigerian Nurses That Sing

9. Aladete olabomi Abimbola.
Category : Clinicals

Aladete Abimbola started her Nursing career in Lagos State with a renowned private hospital as a  staff nurse Midwife  in Lagos in 1992.
She later Joined the government and worked in Lagos Island Maternity briefly before been posted to the then Ikeja General hospital In 1994. She later rose to the level of a principal nursing officer before the hospital transited to become a Teaching Hospital in 2003, but soon after,  a married Aladete had to move to Ekiti State through interstate transfer to join her husband in the year 2004 and started working with the then Ekiti state specialist Hospital  Ado Ekiti. In 2009 the hospital also became a Teaching hospital, where she works till date.

Aladete Abimbola

She is a paediatric Nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing science from the National open university of Nigeria.

Mrs. Aladete is passionate about impacting lives positively, she teaches student nurses on ward postings the ideal practical nursing wherever she works.

She was the chairman procedure committee, Eksuth between year 2015-2017 during this period, she started the student nurses clinical presentations when on clinical postings.

As the head of paediatric unit, Ekiti state University Teaching hospital, Eksuth, she  pioneered clinical presentations among  nurses with the intention of improving their skills and ensuring a continuity in delivering the best practices obtainable in our health facility, this practice eventually metamorphosed to the present day continuing Education Committee of the Nursing department in the unit.

Abimbola is a renoun Nursing council  examiner who had examined student nurses at local as well as the national level.
She is presently presently a patron, school of nursing, Ado – Ekiti, a position she sees as an opportunity to mentor student nurses.

8.Stephen Adedayo Fabiyi. 

Category: Entertainment

Stephen Fabiyi whose stage name is Daysteve is a multi talented nurse turned  gospel musician.

Born on the 21st of May, 1984 into a Baptist family of five in Osun-state. He begun singing at the age of 10 @ P.J Ladapo Memorial Baptist Church, lkirun, Osun-state where he spent his youthful years in the church choir playing drums and piano for the church. He won the best drummer of the year at Nigerian Baptist Music Workshop at Oyo, in the year 2001. He played drumset and keyboard along with other instrumentalist all through the Reinhard Bonke Cfan revival programme in the year 2002 at lkirun Osun-state.

Stephen Fabiyi

Daysteve finished his general Nursing training at School of Nursing, Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomoso, Oyo-state before proceeding to  school of post basic accident and emergency nursing Ilorin kwara state where he barged his accident and emergency nursing certificate.

In the year 2013, he joined the service of Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomoso where he helped the facility in establishing the Children Emergency in the year 2015.

Fabiyi contested and won the post of the president, National Association of Nigerian Nurses And Midwives  NANNM in his hospital chapter. The tenure ended in December 2018 with outstanding and  remarkable achievement. He assisted the School of Nursing, BMC, Ogbomoso towards the OSCE programme for their Basic students.

Stephen released his first  gospel album titled ADORATION on Sunday 23rd of December, 2018 with 10 tracks

Daysteve is a poet, song writer, praise leader, gospel musician, multi-talented instrumentalist and critical thinking concept developer.

7.Dorcas Shonibare.
Category: Administration

Mrs Dorcas Olukemi Shonibare is the director of nursing services (DNS) Lagos State Ministry of Health (LSMOH).
Born   over  50 years ago in Ijeshatedo, Lagos Mainland, she had both her elementary and secondary education in Surulere, Lagos.
Mrs Dorcas Olukemi Shonibare
Her passion for nursing took her out of Lagos to the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, where she enrolled for the Diploma in Nursing programme, and soon became a Registered Nurse. Thereafter, she attended the Lagos State School of Midwifery Ikoyi and graduated as a qualified midwife.

Dorcas Shonibare

Not done with her thirst for knowledge and expertise, a focused and diligent Shonibare soon returned to the University of Ibadan for a bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education and, later, a master’s degree in Nursing.
Shonibare commenced her nursing career as a staff nurse in private hospitals in Lagos. Not long, however, her dedication and commitment earned her an employment in the Lagos State civil service.  She became a clinical instructor of nursing and midwifery students in 1995 under different administrations. She was privileged to work with three Directors of Nursing Services in Lagos State Ministry of Health.

The rare opportunity of working with three directors enhanced her gleaning of qualitative knowledge, which propelled her rising through the ranks, from staff nurse/midwife, to clinical instructor, to deputy head of school, Lagos State School of Midwifery, to head of school, Lagos State School of Midwifery to assistant director of nursing, LSMOH, and now director, nursing services, LSMOH.

The Lagos State DNS is an adept at coordinating nursing issues at tertiary, secondary, and primary healthcare levels, as well as in educational and industrial nursing experience. A highly motivated team player, with a strong and charismatic personality, Shonibare has got over 10 awards and over 45 presentations at seminars, workshops and conferences to her merit.

She is happily married and blessed with children.

6. IRINOYE, Omolola Oladunni
Category: Academics

Omolola Irinoye was born on 15th July 1956. She started her journey in nursing between year 1978 and 1980 during her Professional General Nursing Education leading to licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) at the School of Nursing, University College Hospital, Ibadan, before proceeding for her Registered Nurse Tutor certificate in 1984.

Between 1981 and 1984 she went for her  B.Sc. Nursing at The University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and graduated with Second Class, (Upper Division).

Irinoye Omolola

Irinoye barged M.Sc. (Women, Development and Administration) at the University of York, York, United Kingdom in 1998 and also a masters in Nursing at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria between 1988 and 1991.

With her continuous search for knowledge, Irionye proceeded to the School of Nursing, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa in 2001 to obtain her Doctor of Philosophy in 2005 with a thesis in Conceptions of Sexual Intercourse Among the Yoruba People of South Western Nigeria.

She has served as lecturers in universities within and outside Africa and instrumental towards the development of Nursing programs at different levels of study in various universities within the Africa continent.

Irinoye is presently a professor at the Department of Nursing Science, College of Health Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Category: Media

Okesola Jackson

Okesola Jackson is a Nigerian trained mental health Nurse .He’s an incurable optimist, Analytical problem solver and Mind transforming leader.

He’s the founder of Inspired Nurses Network Africa ( INNA ) As well as the CEO Nurses On Air ( NOA ) a the first Africa online radio for Nurses.

Jayjay prof as fondly called by colleagues voluntarily retired from active government service recently to enable him focus on his media career in the nursing profession.

He’s currently based in Lagos, south West Nigeria with his  darling wife, Lizzy also a registered nurse.

4. Collins Ndubuisi Ogbolu
Category: Innovations

Collins ogbolu is a nigerian trained nurse, experienced Healthcare Strategist,  program and project management professional with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from University of Nigeria, Nsuka.

He’s the  executive director of LeadNurse Africa, a Pan African organization influencing innovative transformation of the healthcare industry with Nursing worldview.

Collins Ogbolu

LeadNurse Africa International Foundation pioneered the effective utilization of Telenursing for capacity building in Nursing in Nigeria in partnership with Alkint service Invited Kingdom and Swiss telemedicine center . They have worked across the continent promoting the establishment of global best practices in Nursing practice, Leadership and Education.

Collins is passionate about Nursing development through strategic planning, transformational Leadership and research. He’s a lover of nursing and nurses.

3. Smart Madu Ajaja
Category: Politics

Smart Madu Ajaja is a Nigerian trained registered nurses who briefly practiced in Nigeria before travelling to the united states to pursue his career. To some, he’s a fearless and uncompromising no-nonsense personality and social crusader whose strong voice has continually echoed and re-echoed over the years in matters of fair justice, good political representation, accountable leadership and politics generally in Nigeria and beyond. To others Smart Madu Ajaja embodies (and rightly so) the quintessential gentleman: humble, respectful, sympathetic, empathetic, generous and above all, a man with love for all mankind regardless of tribe or creed, a man who also has the fear of God eternally engraved in a large warm heart.
Smart Madu Ajaja
Smart Madu Ajaja is indeed all of the above and more and even to any casual watcher or associate, the things that would definitely and usually stand out about him would be his seemingly divine inclination and passion for selfless service, compassion for humanity, and peace through justice. This iconic Abavo-born, Ika-made, Anioma-proud and Delta-brand US-based Nigerian Human and Environmental Rights Activist has demonstrated this almost all his life.
As a writer with a passion for analytical thinking and writing Smart Madu Ajaja has authored tons of breath-taking essays and articles on local, state and national issues bordering on leadership, corruption and socioeconomic injustice on Nigeria’s mainstream media and on the social media, especially Facebook, bringing to the attention to his global audience credible information on the challenges of corruption in Nigeria and how it has negatively impacted the people’s lives and their mindsets and also proffering solutions on the way out of it and how to create access to opportunities for all so there will no longer be the need for the people to be struggling in the midst of Nigeria’s plenty.
Smart Ajaja a rare gem, is a blend of charisma, doggedness, courage, honesty, kindness, compassion, transparency, accountability, simplicity, humility, sensitivity, sensibility, responsibility and incredible intelligence that we cannot afford to ignore without tapping into the eminent qualities he possesses especially at this difficult time of our nation’s history.
He’s currently the  African Action Congress senatorial candidate for Delta North, Delta state, Nigeria.

2. Julie Bi Mogbo.
Category: Personal Branding

Julie Mogbo is a Registered Nurse in Nigeria, a Master Practitioner of Neurolinguistic Programming, the Lead trainer of Family Bond Nursing Systems and CEO of Julie Mo International.

Julie is a highly sought trainer, speaker and coach when it comes to parenting, pregnancy and family health, sexual abuse prevention. She has travelled far and wide to share in her revolutionary Family Bond system.

Julie Mogbo

She is the host of “Strengthening Bonds” an online radio program on Pinnacle Health Radio which attracts between 150 – 700 views when captured on Facebook Live.

She is a guest on many Radio and Television stations like TV Continental, Galaxy TV, Inspiration FM, African Christian Broadcasting Network TV amongst others.

Julie mogbo is a coach,  speaker and mindfulness conference moderator.

Julie is also the Family Health Director of Lead Nurse Africa International Foundation and member of the International Family Nurses Association. Julie lives in Lagos, Nigeria with her husband and children.

1. Jude Onwugbaramuko

Category: Entrepreneur

Jude Onwugbaramuko is a vibrant Cardiothoracic nurse turned entrepreneur

He’s a Clinical Instructor at LLH Hospital Mussafah a secondary care specialist facility and Joint Commission International (JCI) Gold Accreditated health care facility. Also an Instructor at LLH Medical Training Services the training division of VPS Healthcare which is responsible for providing life support training to 26 hospitals in the VPS group plus external clients covering over 5000 healthcare staff in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Jude is a Clinical Instructor with the VPS group of Hospitals conducting Life Life Hospital- A unit of the VPS group of Hospitals.

He’s the Founder/Chairman, Prudent Heart Care Foundation Inc. (Active Participant in United Nations Global Compact with participant ID 107081)

Jude Onwugbaramuko

Jude has served as an Offshore Emergency Nurse, at Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base, Takwa Bay, with Applegreen Consult.(2013 to 2016)

He’s a Certified American Heart Association Instructor in the following disciplines: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, basic Life Support, pediatric Advanced Life Support, instructor with the American Heart Association/American Academy of Pediatricians for Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Discipline, AHA Facilitator in ECG and Pharmacology, AHA Facilitator in Advanced Airway Management courses, emergency Severity Index and Triage facilitator.

Jude was Awarded by DELSUTH, HOD Nursing for performance at work and as “The Most Selfless Nurse of the year in 2013.

He’s also an examiner with the Nursing & Midwifery Council of Nigeria.

Jude has Trained over 7000 Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics. Mentored and served as a preceptor to many Health professionals (Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, EMTs) Conducted health engagements, outreaches and trainings in Nigeria and Ghana.

He delights pleasure in mentoring Nurses on the path to professional fulfillment through entrepreneurship and acquisition of soft skills.
Jude is based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates with his family.