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Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by udomoh(m): 8:18am On Aug 08
Ada Priscilla Nzimiro, the first medical doctor from igboland, Eastern Nigeria, her life and times. Ada Nzimiro birth, education, occupation, legacy and death.

To some it was a tragic story, while to me, it was a case of unfinished greatness and a feat that paved the way for the liberation and educational emancipation of the African women in general and the Nigerian women in particular. Becoming a certified medical doctor as at 1950 in a then world and society full of male chauvinists and sexists is not an easy feat. She deserves to be in Nigeria’s hall of fame.

So what do you know about Ada Priscilla Nzimiro, the first female igbo medical doctor?

Below are the few things I was able to gather from scanty sources on the internet and the library.

1. Ada Priscilla Nzimiro was born on the 30th of April, 1923 in Port Harcourt Nigeria.

2. Her parents were Richard Okwosha Nzimiro (father) and Mary Nwametu Onumonu (mother)

3. Her father was the first Mayor of Port Harcourt in 1956 and died in office in 1959 while her mother was described as a “wealthy merchant” that traded in palm oil, salt and European products.

4. Mary Nwametu Onumonu (1898–1993), was a wealthy merchant, political activist, and member of the NCNC who galvanised Igbo women for the Biafran war effort in 1967 and lost all her landed properties in Port Harcourt after the war due to her role in trying to divide the country.

5. Historians were able to trace her family roots or lineage to Oguta, present-day Imo state.

6. She enrolled for university for education in 1945 in Scotland after her secondary education in Nigeria.

7. She attended medical school, had medical training and earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) in 1950 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

8. She was the first woman from Igboland to graduate as a medical doctor.

9. She died tragically just a year after graduation on the 22nd of March, 1951 at the age of 27.

10. She barely practised medicine for 1 year.

11. The cause of her death was described by historians as “unnatural” yet undisclosed causes.

12. Her sudden demise came as a rude shock to her family, friends and well-wishers

13. She was buried a month after in Oguta, present-day Imo state.

14. She was neither married nor engaged while alive. She had no child.

15. Ada Priscilla Nzimiro parents in their benevolence established two schools at Oguta in 1945, one of which is William Wilberforce Academy (WWA), remamed Priscilla Memorial School to honour her memory and preserve her legacy and feat in medicine.

16. As the first female medical doctor from her region, Nzimiro inspired many young women to pursue medicine as a career.

Conclusion: Though she died too early and couldn’t fulfil her promising medical career, she paved the way for the liberation and education of many women dominating different fields of knowledge today. #Respect to an Amazon#

Her picture and the school named after he in present day Imo state below�

https://nimedhealth.com.ng/2019/08/07/ada-priscilla-nzimiro-the-tragic-story-of-the-first-igbo-female-medical-doctor/?amp

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Lordave: 8:29am On Aug 08
angry angry angry


Onye nwe anyi nara nkpuru obi ya na ndokwa!

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by drips8(m): 8:58am On Aug 08
She could not even use the skills and knowledge she spent her early life working for

R.I.P to her

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Glorymax: 9:50am On Aug 08
May her soul continually rest in paradise. Can see greatness on that face and inspiration. Thanks for the record.

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by MariaAngeles: 10:45am On Aug 08
She was a beautiful woman .

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by gabazin080(m): 1:30pm On Aug 09
I laugh each time men say they don't understand women.How can you understand what was created when you were asleep

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Fvaamean: 1:30pm On Aug 09
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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Seenmein: 1:30pm On Aug 09
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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Freemanbobble: 1:30pm On Aug 09
Okay

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by gabazin080(m): 1:30pm On Aug 09
ChasePlug:
Lol
oga what is funny.

FTC YOUTH

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by chibike69: 1:31pm On Aug 09
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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by friendlyadvice: 1:31pm On Aug 09
She no even fine sef

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by 1shortblackboy: 1:31pm On Aug 09
is that why there is an Nzimiro street at Amadi flats in PH?

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by BlackfireX: 1:31pm On Aug 09
Original slay Queen

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Ganiyat72(f): 1:34pm On Aug 09
Pathetic......

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by NigeriaEngineer(m): 1:35pm On Aug 09
Quite pathetic... Living is not forever, but may God make our days Long and fulfilled

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by wink2015: 1:35pm On Aug 09
udomoh:
Ada Priscilla Nzimiro, the first medical doctor from igboland, Eastern Nigeria, her life and times. Ada Nzimiro birth, education, occupation, legacy and death.

To some it was a tragic story, while to me, it was a case of unfinished greatness and a feat that paved the way for the liberation and educational emancipation of the African women in general and the Nigerian women in particular. Becoming a certified medical doctor as at 1950 in a then world and society full of male chauvinists and sexists is not an easy feat. She deserves to be in Nigeria’s hall of fame.

So what do you know about Ada Priscilla Nzimiro, the first female igbo medical doctor?

Below are the few things I was able to gather from scanty sources on the internet and the library.

1. Ada Priscilla Nzimiro was born on the 30th of April, 1923 in Port Harcourt Nigeria.

2. Her parents were Richard Okwosha Nzimiro (father) and Mary Nwametu Onumonu (mother)

3. Her father was the first Mayor of Port Harcourt in 1956 and died in office in 1959 while her mother was described as a “wealthy merchant” that traded in palm oil, salt and European products.

4. Mary Nwametu Onumonu (1898–1993), was a wealthy merchant, political activist, and member of the NCNC who galvanised Igbo women for the Biafran war effort in 1967 and lost all her landed properties in Port Harcourt after the war due to her role in trying to divide the country.

5. Historians were able to trace her family roots or lineage to Oguta, present-day Imo state.

6. She enrolled for university for education in 1945 in Scotland after her secondary education in Nigeria.

7. She attended medical school, had medical training and earned her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) in 1950 at the University of Glasgow, Scotland.

8. She was the first woman from Igboland to graduate as a medical doctor.

9. She died tragically just a year after graduation on the 22nd of March, 1951 at the age of 27.

10. She barely practised medicine for 1 year.

11. The cause of her death was described by historians as “unnatural” yet undisclosed causes.

12. Her sudden demise came as a rude shock to her family, friends and well-wishers

13. She was buried a month after in Oguta, present-day Imo state.

14. She was neither married nor engaged while alive. She had no child.

15. Ada Priscilla Nzimiro parents in their benevolence established two schools at Oguta in 1945, one of which is William Wilberforce Academy (WWA), remamed Priscilla Memorial School to honour her memory and preserve her legacy and feat in medicine.

16. As the first female medical doctor from her region, Nzimiro inspired many young women to pursue medicine as a career.

Conclusion: Though she died too early and couldn’t fulfil her promising medical career, she paved the way for the liberation and education of many women dominating different fields of knowledge today. #Respect to an Amazon#

Her picture and the school named after he in present day Imo state below�

https://nimedhealth.com.ng/2019/08/07/ada-priscilla-nzimiro-the-tragic-story-of-the-first-igbo-female-medical-doctor/?amp

Nice share !

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Noel1: 1:36pm On Aug 09
Nigeria Amaka grin

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by damengoro1: 1:37pm On Aug 09
SOOO sad
Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by deepwater(f): 1:37pm On Aug 09
Kai
Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by deepwater(f): 1:37pm On Aug 09
sogodihno:
So first Igbo doctor was in 1950, am very sure Yoruba got theirs way earlier.

Omoluabi

Babalawo u mean

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by Ganiyat72(f): 1:38pm On Aug 09
friendlyadvice:
She no even fine sef

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Re: Ada Priscilla Nzimiro: The Tragic Story Of The First Igbo Female Medical Doctor by YelloweWest: 1:39pm On Aug 09

Live everyday like it's your last.

Death can always pull up surprises...

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