SAKA TINUBU: The First Muslim Medical Doctor in Nigeria - Global Quest Magazine


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

SAKA TINUBU: The First Muslim Medical Doctor in Nigeria


Dr. Abdul Hamid Saka Tinubu was born in February 1901, his father Alfa Saka Tinubu was a wealthy and influential Lagos businessman, Community leader, and philanthropist, based at 51 Kakawa Street, Lagos. 

At 22, he was already at the University of Glasgow where he graduated before his 28th birthday. He returned to Lagos for full medical practice and was also a great Lagos sportsman prominent for aerobic exercise and the long walks of 10miles daily until his late 70’s.

Dr. Abdul-Hamid married Alhaja Wulemotu Agbeke Tinubu in the early 1930s and the marriage produced children including Alhaja Wusamot Adedoyin Adegoke (Nee Saka Tinubu), who until her retirement was a London and Lagos foremost Educationist having taught in many schools in London for years before returning to Ansarudeen High School, Surulere Lagos & New Era Girls School Lagos, where she worked for over 3 decades before retiring in 1991 as a school Principal.

Dr. Abdul-hamid Saka was named after a popular Street in Victoria Island (V.I) Lagos as Saka Tinubu Street. The first Muslim community secondary school in Nigeria, the Saka Tinubu Memorial High school, later Anwarul Islam College Agege, was named in his honour.

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