Abuja is the capital of Nigeria, located in West Africa. I contacted the organizers of the 2016 Awareness Walk for Abuja to get some information about how their walk went. Chukwudi Eze responded to my inquiry went above and beyond! Not only did he provide me info on their walk, but supplied a recap and photographs of several other Endo events The Endometriosis Support Group Nigeria (ESGN) hosted over the past few months. The ESGN was founded in 2005 by Dr. Abayomi Ajayi, who was also recently awarded the Endo Hero of the Year Award by the EndoMarch Worldwide in recognition of his contribution to the cause. Dr. Ajayi has been the financial and moral backbone for the ESGN and I’m very glad that he’s been recognized for his efforts.
Nigeria had two Endometriosis Awareness walks, one on February 18, 2016, in Abuja, and another in Lagos on March 5, 2016. They had over 1,000 people attend! There was also a fundraising gala on April 9, 2016, in Lagos, themed “Come Yellow for Endo.”
Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, the wife to Nigeria’s Vice President, made an appearance and spoke to the guests at the gala event. She encouraged doctors to rise up and find a cure for Endometriosis, stating, “It is scary and disturbing to me that millions of women and girls are living with this condition without diagnosis and more sad that several are misdiagnosed and heartbreaking to think that as we speak, so many are suffering because of the condition.” The wives of 5 state governors also attended! Nike Oshinowo and Millen Magese, two very strong women who have been very public about their Endometriosis battles also appeared at the Lagos fundraiser.
The ESGN also partnered with the Physicians Roundtable to fly in Dr. John Dulemba (The Womens Centre; Texas, USA), Dr. Klaus Buhler (Germany) and Dr. Victor Ajayi (Nordica, Nigeria) to train and educate medical doctors about Endometriosis and share their experiences in treating the condition.
Congratulations to all involved for such a successful and highly-publicized series of events! It’s so encouraging and uplifting to know that you only have the attention of the medical community, but the attention of politicians in your area! Together, you will accomplish greatness! Thank you for all that you do, and all that you will continue to do, to help raise awareness, research, and funds toward combating this disease!
Know that I am saluting you from San Diego, California, USA, right now.
All photographs used with permission.
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