Moses Majekodunmi

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Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi
Minister of Health
In office
Administrator of Western Region (Nigeria)
In office
29 June 1962 – December 1962
Preceded by Samuel Akintola
Succeeded by Samuel Akintola
Personal details
Born (1916-08-17)August 17, 1916
Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died April 11, 2012(2012-04-11) (aged 95)

Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi C.F.R, C.M.G. (Yoruba: Adékóyèjọ Májẹ̀kódùnmí; 17 August 1916 – 11 April 2012[1][2]) was a Nigerian gynaecologist and obstetrician. He was also Minister of Health in the Nigerian First Republic.

Early life and education[edit]

Moses was born in Abeokuta in August 1916. He studied at Abeokuta Grammar School, St. Gregory's College, Lagos, before proceeding to the University of Dublin where he earned a degree in Anatomy and Physiology in 1936. He also earned a 1st Class degree in Bacteriology and Clinical Medicine in 1940.[3][4]

Medical career[edit]

In Ireland, he worked as in-house physician at the National Children's Hospital and the Rotunda Hospital from 1941 to 1942. In 1943, he joined the Federal Government Medical Services as a medical doctor and established his medical practice.[3] He played key roles in the establishment of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital[5] and also founded Saint Nicholas Hospital in Lagos, which opened in March 1968.[6]

Political career[edit]

He was elected into the Nigerian Senate in 1960. He was appointed sole administrator of Western Region in June 1962 after a political crisis in the region, holding office in place of the Premier Samuel Akintola until December that year.[7]

The crisis was due to a struggle between Akintola and the former Western Region Premier and current leader of the opposition Obafemi Awolowo, which had led to violent scenes in the House of Assembly. On advice from the police, one of his first acts was to sign restriction orders to detain leaders of both factions.[7] After the situation had stabilized, Akintola resumed office on 1 January 1963.[8]

As an Oloye of the Yoruba people, he held the chieftaincy titles of the Mayegun of Lagos and the Otun Balogun of the Christians of Egbaland.

See also[edit]


  • Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi (1998). My lord what a morning: autobiography of Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi. Macmillan. ISBN 978-018-213-6. 


  1. ^ Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi (1916-2012)
  2. ^ Class of First Republic, Majekodunmi, 95, Joins His Contemporaries
  3. ^ a b "Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi (1916-2012)". The Nigerian Voice. May 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ Toyin Falola; Ann Genova (2009). Historical Dictionary of Nigeria (Volume 111). Scarecrow Press. p. 218. ISBN 978-0-810-8631-63. 
  5. ^ "Moses Adekoyejo Majekodunmi (1916-2012)". This Day Live. May 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ "About". Saint Nicholas Hospital. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  7. ^ a b "'I was not there to fight the Action Group'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Provinces and Regions of Nigeria". WorldStatesmen. Retrieved 2010-05-26.