PRESS RELEASE 27th March 2023.
Sickle Cell Foundation Nigeria (SCFN) hereby announces that a new Chairman has been appointed to head its Board.
This took place on March 23rd 2023. The new Chairman is none other than Chief Tunde J. Afolabi, MFR. Chairman and CEO of Amni International Petroleum Development Company Ltd.
Chief Afolabi, a Director of SCFN, is a long-standing benefactor of the Foundation, who has played a very significant role in the Foundation’s programmes and initiatives – particularly in the funding of its Bone Marrow Transplant Programme. A Board room guru, Chief Afolabi is certain to champion and drive the Foundation’s mission of seeking effective solutions to problems associated with sickle cell disorder in Nigeria and beyond.
Chief Afolabi takes over Chairmanship of SCFN Board from Professor Olu Akinyanju OON, the Founder and first Chairman of the Foundation. Prof. Olu Akinyanju served as Chairman since inception and during his tenure, made significant contributions to the organization’s growth and success, including the establishment of the National Sickle Cell Centre, the establishment of a state-of-the-art Bone Marrow Transplant Centre in collaboration with Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), free Hip replacement surgeries for patients, stroke prevention and development of a world-class DNA molecular laboratory for early diagnosis of foetal genotypes among others. Through Professor Akinyanju’s contributions in the sickle cell space, persons diagnosed with the disorder now have a higher chance of living long, productive lives. We thank him for his dedication, commitment as he continues to serve on the Board.
The Foundation looks forward to working under the leadership of Chief Afolabi as we enter a new phase of the Foundation’s journey, remaining committed to our mission of improving the lives of people living with sickle cell disorder.
Dr. Annette Akinsete, MBBS, DTM&H, MPH, FMCPH