Nora Akinola

Prof. NO Akinola is a Haematologist who was born in Ile-Ife, Nigeria on 23rd September 1955 to Mr. and Mrs. JAO Bamgbaiye in Osun State (then part of Oyo State), Nigeria.  She however grew up in London, UK between the ages of eight and 19 years after which she returned to Ile-Ife to study medicine in the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in 1974.  She is married to a Surgeon and is blessed with a child.
She obtained BSc Hons (Health Sciences) in 1978 and MBChB in 1981.  She did her internship at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC) for a period of 12 months and worked in the Department of Medicine, OAU, Ile-Ife for the following 12 months while serving the Nation as a Youth Corper in 1982-3.  On completing her youth service in 1983, she returned to OAUTHC, Ile-Ife to commence training in Internal Medicine.  As a Senior Registrar she travelled back to the UK to study Haematology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS), Hammersmith Hospital, London for 12 months and obtained a Diploma in Clinical Haematology in 1989.  After this she obtained an award from the Wellcome Trust Fund (UK) in 1990 to study the rheology of sickle cell anaemia as a Research Registrar at the Haematology Department of the University of Birmingham Medical School, Vincent Drive, Edgbaston, Birmingham, for a period of two years after which she obtained a PhD in 1992.  On her return to Nigeria in 1992, she recommenced work in the Department of Medicine as a Senior Registrar, but was later employed as a Lecturer I in 1993 at the Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences (FBMS), OAU.  She completed her training in Internal Medicine in 1994 at OAUTHC, Ile-Ife and obtained a professional diploma in Medicine (FMCP) of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.  In 1998, she obtained the professional diploma in Haematology (FMCPath) at the same College.   Prof. Akinola’s major research focus is pathophysiology and management of sickle cell disease in Nigerian adults, but she has obtained a scholarship award from the American College of Physicians (ACP) for an International Exchange Program in HIV/AIDS in 2004, after which she was made a Fellow in 2005.  She has received many awards/grants for research and has published in national and international journals of repute.
Prof. Akinola has worked at various levels of administration within the FBMS.  She has served as Head of her Department at OAU and OAU Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), Ile-Ife on three occasions.  She was the Chairman of the Postgraduate and Research Committees of FBMS (2002-2007) where she is now the Dean (August 1, 2013 to date).  She has also contributed to the training of many Resident Doctors in the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and Department of Medicine, OAUTHC, at the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Lagos, where she serves as an examiner.  Prof. Akinola has successfully supervised the dissertation of more than ten Resident Doctors who have passed at the Part II examinations at the same College.  She is a member of many national and international professional bodies and was elected the Coordinator for the Nigerian Sickle Cell Association in SW Nigeria (2013).


  1. Akinola, NO; Stevens, SME; Franklin, IM; Nash, GB; Stuart, J. 1992:  Rheological changes in the Prodromal and Established Phases of Sickle Cell Vaso-Occlusive Crisis.  British Journal of Haematology, 81:  598-602
  2. Akinola, NO; Stevens, SME; Franklin, IM; Nash, GB; Stuart, J. 1992:  Subclinical Ischaemic Episodes during the Steady State of Sickle Cell Anaemia.  Journal of Clinical Pathology, 45:  902-906
  3. Stuart, J; Stone, PCW; Akinola, NO; Gallimore, JR; Pepys, MB. 1994:  Monitoring the Acute Phase Response to Vaso-Occlusive Crisis in Sickle Cell Disease.  Journal of Clinical Pathology, 47:  166-169
  4. Akinola, NO; Olasode, O; Adediran, IA. Onayemi, O; Murainah, A; Irinoye, O; Elujoba, AA; Durosinmi, MA. 2004:  The Search for a predictor of CD4 count continues: Total lymphocyte count is not a substitute for CD4 count in the management of HIV-infected individuals in a resource-limited setting.  Clinical Infectious Diseases, 39:  579-81
  5. Adebayo, RA; Balogun, MO; Akinola, NO; Akintomide, AO; Asaleye, CM. 2004: Non-invasive assessment of cardiac function in Nigerian patients with SCA. Cardiologie Tropicale (Tropical Cardiology); 30/n 0 120: 51-55
  6. Akinola NO; Bolarinwa RA; Faponle AF.: The Import of Abdominal Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disorder. 2009: West African Journal of Medicine. March; 28(2): 83-86
  7. Arewa OP; Akinola NO; Salawu L. 2009: Blood Transfusion Reactions; Evaluation of 462 Transfusions at a Tertiary Hospital in Nigeria.  African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences; 38: 143-148
  8. Arewa OP; Akinola NO. 2009: Survival in primary aplastic anaemia; experience with 20 cases from a tertiary hospital in Nigeria. African Health Sciences 2009; 9(4): 290-293
  9. Bolarinwa RA; Akinola NO; Aboderin OA; Durosinmi MA. 2010:  The Role of Malaria in the Vaso-occlusive Crisis of Patients with Sickle Cell Disease.  Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences; 1(9): 407-411
  10. Bolarinwa RA, Akinlade KS, Kuti MAO, Olawale OO, Akinola NO.: Renal disease in adult Nigerians with sickle cell anemia: A report of prevalence, clinical features and risk factors.  Renal Data from Asia-Africa 2012; 23: 171-175
  11. Galadanci N, Wudil BJ, Balogun TM, Ogunrinde GO, Akinsulie A, Hasan- Hanga F et al 2013:  Current sickle cell disease management practices in Nigeria.  Int Health doi: 10.1093/inthealth/iht022
  12. Aneke JC, Adegoke AO, Oyekunle AA, Osho PO, Sanusi AA, Okocha EC, Ibeh NC, Akinola NO, Durosinmi MA. 2014: Degrees of kidney disease in Nigerian adults with sickle-cell diease.  Med. Princ. Pract. Doi: 10.1159/000361029