On June 1, 2020, the world lost a rare gem. After a brief illness, our amiable founder, Dr Edmund Abiola Akinocho, went home to be with the Lord.
Dr Akinocho was born on February 18th, 1933 and attended Baptist Academy Lagos and Abeokuta Grammar School. He obtained his medical degree in 1961 when he graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 1963 he began his career as a house surgeon in Dublin, Ireland’s Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital. He later relocated to the United Kingdom, where he worked in several highly regarded hospitals including St. Peter’s Hospital, Woking Victoria Hospital and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital.
By 1965, Dr Akinocho returned to Nigeria where he began work at the eye clinic of the General Hospital in Lagos. He later joined the Armed Forces Medical Services, where he served until the year 1970. After his time in the Armed Forces, he returned to the General Hospital where he retired as a Senior Consultant in Ophthalmic services in 1977. Deciding to go into business for himself, Dr Akinocho opened a full-time private practice in 1978. He started Quanta Qualia Clinics which later became St. Edmund’s Clinics & Eye Hospital located in Surulere, Lagos.
Between 1970 and 1995, he attended numerous international courses at the Brooklyn Eye Hospital, New York; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C.; Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto; Post Graduate Medical School, University of Edinburgh; Birmingham Eye Hospital; Institute of Ophthalmology, London and the National Eye Institute, Singapore.
He was a Fellow of the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Rome, Fellow of the Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria, West African College of surgeons, The College of Ophthalmologists, UK and the Royal Society of Medicine, UK. He retired from active clinical work in 2006.
He is survived by his:
Siobhan & Ifeanyin Elyon, Ayo & Chris Harriman, Labode & Esi Akinosho, Grace (Pepi) & Dapo Orimalade & Dayo & Femi Oyenuga.
Psam Elyon, Kene Elyon, Tobe Elyon, David Harriman, Phillip Harriman, Toluwani Akinosho, Foluso Orimalade, Naomi Orimalade, Ayomide Oyenuga & Ayotunde Oyenuga.
It has been a time of mixed emotions for all of us. We miss him dearly but are grateful to God for a life well lived and a legacy firmly bestowed on us. We are forever grateful for the visionary leadership of our chairman. His leadership drive was the force that birthed and grew St Edmunds Eye Hospital.
A condolence register has been opened in his honour and we invite all friends and well-wishers to write their condolence and upload memorable pictures. Click here to visit the register.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the family. Our hearts and prayers are with them as they find strength through this emotional period. Our chairman will be sorely missed. Farewell, Sir, until we meet again.