Tribute to our departed teacher and mentor - late Professor Emmanuel Adeyemo Elebute

3 March, 2019

Another Doyen of the Medical Profession departs to Glory -

With sadness but Glory to Almighty God, we condole the family of Professor Emmanuel Adeyemo Elebute whose family has announced that he died in the early hours of Saturday, February 23, 2019 - A tremendous loss to our Noble medical profession and the health system of Nigeria. Our memory goes back to September 1995 when we first met him during an introductory visit to Nigeria, as the joint delegation of BMJ (British Medical Journal) and The NMF UK (Nigeria Medical Forum UK) when he hosted us in his private office in Lagoon Hospital, Yaba, Lagos that he and his wife built. He was in the company of his wife, Professor (Mrs) Elebute, and we can’t forget the grand hospitality even in his workplace/office. They shared the inspiring story of the history of the origins of Lagoon Hospital with us, which even at that early stage was already a centre of innovation and excellence in health care delivery in Nigeria. The following year, on 2nd July 1996, BMJ Nigeria Edition (later West Africa Edition) was launched, and Professor Elebute was one of the first subscribers to our Journal - the Lagoon hospital paid one year’s subscription for all its 29 medical staff for one year, after which they were to continue to pay for their individual subs. That was the man and his commitment to quality health care delivery through continuing professional development and evidence informed practice. He agreed to serve as one of the first Editorial Advisers to the Journal alongside other illustrious names in medicine in Nigeria and West Africa subregion. Professor T A Lambo and Professor Umaru Shehu became the first co-Editor-in-Chief of the local edition. Other pioneer Advisers to the Journal included the Late Professors, Olikoye Ransome Kuti, J.R. Ana, Philip Effiong, F. A. Nwako, John Kwartey, and Deji Femi-Pearse. By the Grace of God, Professors Idris Mohammed and J C Azubuike who were in that distinguished group are very much still with us to this day and long may they live.

In 1997, Prof Elebute as chairman of the Health Group of Vision 2010 Committee set up by the Nigerian Economic Summit Group invited The NMF UK and BMJ West Africa Edition to join his subcommittee, and we made several submissions especially on ‘Prevention and Management of Brain Drain syndrome’ and ‘A National Health Insurance Scheme for Nigeria’. Between 1997 and 2003 he attended every workshop that the Journal hosted at the Lagos venue on ‘How to Write, How to Read and how to publish’; 'Critical Appraisal of Papers’, etc. Professor Elebute continued to be our teacher, mentor and inspiration as we initiated and piloted the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance programme in Calabar from 2004 till 2015. It is an understatement to say that we shall continue to miss his generous and wise counsel.

May the Good Lord grant eternal Rest to the soul of Prof E. A. Elebute our latest departed professional doyen, icon, elder, teacher and mentor. And to his wife and family we say Lord grant them the courage to bear the huge loss. Amen. All the same we give Thanks to God, for his was a life well lived for the benefit of humanity.

Joseph Ana.


‘’ NEWS Former LUTH CMD, Prof Elebute, dies at 87

Published February 26, 2019 By Tare Youdeowei

The Elebute Family has announced the death of their father and grandfather, Prof Emmanuel Adeyemo Elebute (CON). According to the family, he died in the early hours of Saturday, February 23, 2019.

Former LUTH CMD, Prof Elebute, dies at 87 � Punch Newspapers ‘’


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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