Late Dr. Adadevoh makes CNN’s list of most Inspiring Women of 2014

By Post Nigeria December 23, 2014 12:37

Late Dr. Adadevoh makes CNN’s list of most Inspiring Women of 2014

Two Nigerians have made Cable News Network (CNN)’s list of most inspiring women of 2014. The Leading Women features extraordinary women who have excelled and made a mark in their chosen professions. The cable news network set out to find women who excelled in their professions in 2014.

The women on the list were nominated by readers, partners and organizations.

The two Nigerians on the list are accomplished writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the late Doctor Stella Ameyo Adadevoh who died after contracting Ebola at First Consultants Hospital, Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh – Adadevoh was the Nigerian doctor who oversaw the treatment of Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian national who brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria.

She died of the virus on 19 August, one of eight fatalities out of 20 cases (each linked to Sawyer) in the country. Without her dedication, it is quite possible that the World Health Organisation would not have declared Nigeria – the most populous country in Africa – Ebola-free.

The significance of her actions, and those of her hospital colleagues, cannot be overstated.

Adadevoh vehemently turned down a request by Sawyer’s employers to have him discharged so he could catch a flight to Calabar, 750km from Lagos, where he had been due to attend a conference (we are left to imagine what would have followed had Sawyer been allowed to leave Lagos for Calabar).

According to reports, from the moment Adadevoh suspected Sawyer might have Ebola – the Liberian had denied contact with an Ebola patient, even though his sister had died of the virus barely two weeks before his arrival in Nigeria – she quarantined him, made contact with the authorities, and ensured the provision of protective materials and Ebola educational material to hospital staff.

“The Nigerian doctor died this year after overseeing the treatment of Ebola patient Patrick Sawyer. Her efforts prevented the wider spread of Ebola in Nigeria,” says CNN.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — The Nigerian writer has authored three novels and several short stories, and is heralded for drawing attention to African literature throughout her award-winning career. This year, she was nominated for Forbes’ Africa ‘Person of the Year’ Award as well as ‘Personality of the Year’ in the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards.

Other people on the list are; Academy Award winning Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong’o, actress Angelina Jolie for her Humanitarian works, Nobel Laureate Prize winner and human rights’ activist Malala Yousafzai, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Joyce Banda of Malawi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Elizabeth Warren, Ellen Page, Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) of Scandal in the Arts section along with ‘Scandal,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ & ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ Creator, Shonda Rhimes to mention a few.