By Eric Elezuo Photos: Segun Lawal
The Rotary Pavilion of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos, was a beehive of activities recently when reverred dignitaries from all walks of life, especially the medical sector gathered to honour a former Medical Director of the hospital, late Dr. Francis Adedoyin Olusiji Owosina, who served the institution between 1977 and 1989.
The event was the official naming and handing over of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Building after Dr. Owosina.
The well attended event kick-started with the opening prayer by Mrs. A. O Sonuyi, and it was followed by the recitation of the national anthem. The Ag. Head of Administration, Mrs. E. I. Osagiede took the opening speech before the chairman of the occasion, Prof. Dayo Ejiwunmi gave his remarks.
Speech after speech from prominent members of the medical profession, family and friends, Dr. Owosina was highly eulogised. With the Medical Director, Dr. O. O. Odunubi, who was the Chief Host giving his address and Dr. M. E. Ugbeye reading the citation, the stage was set for a day of well-deserved eulogies.
Others in the line-up of worthy speeches for the good natured personality of Dr. Owosina were the Head, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Mrs. Aluko; the Provost, Federal College of Orthotics Technology (FECOT), Director of Pharmacy, Mrs. M. O. Obono among many others. Each speaker took time to draw out the sterling qualities of the former medical director.
After the speeches, which were punctuated by a musical interlude, the audience were led to the site of the building where it was unveiled, and was followed a tour of the building.
The first son of the deceased was on hand to appreciate the supporting public for the honour bestowed on his father, and pledged the family’s steadfast support to the hospital.
In an interview with the last child of Dr. Owosina, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, who led a strong presence of First Bank Plc to the event, she described her father as a very ‘special man, dedicated and committed’
“My father was a special man. He was a dedicated and committed man who believed in excellence in whatever he does. He taught us to go that extra mile for humanity. He made it clear to us that our purpose in life as humans was to serve others and he portrayed that in his life as well. Because of his humble yet excellent self, he was able to dine with kings and we are really proud of him for that,” Mrs. Ani-Mumuney said.
The lawyer-turned banker maintained that her father’s wisdom was unrivalled, and the children as well as everyone who crossed his path benefitted from it, stressing that her children were part of the benefactors.
“I really miss the fact that he spoke with wisdom always. No conversation with him was ever a waste. You would always take something home from whatever he said and that’s what I really loved. In the tribute my son wrote to him, he also mentioned this and I was touched that my father could have such an influence on his grand kids. I was surprised because most children couldn’t sit with elders for a long time without getting bored but my children loved their grandfather and could be with him all day because of his traditional yet tolerant ways. He tolerated us and had patience with us and growing up now, I realized such patience isn’t common and I’m so thankful for it,” she said.
She described the honour bestowed on him as a landmark, citing the family’s gratitude at the turn of events.
She said: “We were really surprised because we were informed last minute which was about six weeks ago. We were told that the Federal Ministry of Health had approved that the building be named after my father and all they asked of us was that we provided a marble bust of him and we felt really excited. After awhile, I thought to myself that that’s what legacies are really about. The purpose of life is to leave a life that will be remembered for good.”
Dr. Owosina was on November 17, 1929 in Ikenne Remo, Ogun State, and died in April 2016 after meritorious serving his fatherland through the medical sector. He is survived by his wife, five children and grand children.
Among Dr. Owosina’s greatest legacies are the introduction of hip replacement and spinal surgery as well as the recognition of National Orthopaedic Hospital as a World Health Organisation collaborating centre.