Isaac Ladipo Oluwole

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Isaac Ladipo Oluwole was born in Lagos, Nigeria to Isaac and Abigal.  His father was the principal of the CMS Grammar School.  He attended the school briefly before moving to King’s College.  he was just one of the first two black students to attend King’s College.  Turns out, he was the first Senior Prefect of the School.

In 1913, he went to the University of Glasgow to study Medicine.  He graduated in 1918, with a medical degree, returning to Nigeria he went into general practice for a few years.  He founded the first School of Hygiene in Nigeria, he also provided training to Sanitary Inspectors from all parts of Nigeria.  He re-organized sanitary inspection procedures in the port of Lagos to control the spread of bubonic plague.  He set up the West African board of the Royal Society of Health, which later became the foundation of standards of public health in Nigeria.  He died in 1953, he was 61.

While he has a lot of first in 1925, he started work as the first African assistant Medical Officer of Health in Lagos. 

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Comments (21)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - while Mr Oluwole and his work was unknown to me, the people of Nigeria have certainly experienced the benefit of his knowledge.   

Mar 31, 2021 04:20 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

It shows what an education means, as well as good hygiene.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 31, 2021 04:39 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Hi James,

Hopefully there are many following in his footsteps.  I don't like the fact he had such a short life. What is that saying about "only the good die young".

Mar 31, 2021 04:41 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. He was a man ahead of his time and Nigeria should be proud! Enjoy your day.

Mar 31, 2021 04:58 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Mar 31, 2021 05:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

He sounds like a smart and hard working person James. It's obvious from what you said that his parents gave him a firm foundation to build on.

Mar 31, 2021 05:28 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I really enjoyed learning about this man and something as simple as hygiene is extremely important for our health.

Mar 31, 2021 05:30 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

what an amazing man. Make it a GREAT Wednesday. Thanks for sharing.  Bill Salvatore

Mar 31, 2021 05:40 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What a great contributor to the health and well being of his fellow countrymen!

Mar 31, 2021 06:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he certainly had a good life of service to the people of Nigeria.

Mar 31, 2021 07:05 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Thank you for another very interesting biography

Mar 31, 2021 07:25 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story of this gentleman who brough medical knowledge back to his country.  A

Mar 31, 2021 07:43 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James, He was a person that did alot to help his area and safe many lives in the area.


Mar 31, 2021 08:28 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

The only part of his name I can pronounce is Isaac.  LOL

Mar 31, 2021 02:25 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- what an interesting man and quite an achievement. 

Mar 31, 2021 07:34 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

He certainly accomplished alot for Nigeria and had a lot to be proud of. What else might he have achieved had he lived longer?

Mar 31, 2021 10:14 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'm sure he inspired a lot of great doctors in the African community and in the community in general. :

Apr 01, 2021 07:09 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

A friend of my father went to Harvard got his training in Sanitary Engineering and City Planning. He told me he was a commissioned Army Colonel and wife who was put in charge of military medical services improve rural sanitation during WW 2.

Apr 17, 2021 01:02 PM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Thanks for sharing James. This is a great story about a wonderful person. We need more people like this gentleman

Apr 17, 2021 10:28 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Isaac Ladipo Oluwole changed many lives with his pioneering medical work.

Sep 21, 2021 09:30 PM