By Sola Ogundipe & Gabriel Olawale
In accosting the late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who was the index (first) case of the Ebola Virus Disease in the country, the late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh prevented a national catastrophe, left a permanent mark on society, and solidified her legacy as a courageous and patriotic heroine.
On Thursday September 11, 2014, she was honoured for her heroic actions at a Night of Tribute held in Lagos and will be remembered in gratitude for paying the ultimate price with her life.
Ameyo who died on Tuesday, 19th August 2014 from the EVD contracted from Sawyer, was born Saturday, 27th October 1956 in Lagos, Nigeria, to Professor Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh (deceased) of the Adadevoh family of Anyako Royal House, Ghana and the Crowther/Macaulay family of Lagos, Nigeria and Deborah Regina Mclntosh of the Nnamdi Azikwe family (President of Nigeria 1963-1966) and Smith/Wilkey families of Lagos, Nigeria.
The first of four children, Ameyo began her academic career at Mainland Preparatory Primary School in Yaba, Lagos in 1961. In 1962, her parents temporarily relocated to Boston, Massachusetts in the United States of America where Ameyo spent two years in school.
Upon the family’s return to Nigeria in 1964, she continued her education at Corona school Yaba in Lagos, Nigeria until 1968 and then began secondary school at Queens School Ibadan, Nigeria where she finished in 1974 with a distinction of honors in her West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Exams.
Following her secondary school education, Ameyo completed one year of preliminary programme studies at the University of Lagos.
In 1980, at the age of 24, Ameyo qualified as a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery(MBBS) degree from the University of Lagos College of Medicine. Upon graduation, she finished a one year mandatory housemanship at Lagos University Teaching Hospital and subsequently completed her National Youth Service Corps assignment in 1982 at the Eti-Osa Health centre in Lagos, Nigeria.
Her professional career began with a residency at LUTH from 1983 to 1988 after which she earned the West African College of Physicians and Surgeons credential.
The late Ameyo married Afolabi Emmanuel Cardoso on 26th April 1986 and their union was blessed with a son, Bankole Cardoso on 17th August 1988.
Following her residency, Ameyo worked as a consultant at LUTH until 1991 when she earned a prestigious British Council Scholarship to continue her education abroad. From 1991 to 1993, Ameyo completed her fellowship in Endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital of the Imperial College in London, in the UK.
Upon completion of her education, she worked for more than two decades doing what she loved best – healing the sick. She joined the First Consultants Medical Centre in Obalende, Lagos, Nigeria where she worked for 21 years and became the Lead Consultant Physician and endocrinologist.
Ameyo was a member of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, MWAN, British-Nigerian Association, and National Postgraduate Medical College. She served as a non-executive Director of Learn Africa PLC and a writer for the first-ever “Ask the Doc” column in Today’s Women Magazine, among other accomplishments.
She was an extremely dedicated, compassionate, and God-fearing individual. She was a diligent doctor, wife, mother , daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who committed her life to serving humanity.