In Pictures: What happened to Dora Akunyili?

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Professor Dora Akunyili, the former strong woman of National Agency for Food, Drug Administration Agency caused a stir when she appeared at the National Judicial Institute venue of the ongoing national conference in Abuja on Monday looking very pale and emaciated, a far cry from her usual vivacious self.

Many delegates could not recognise her at first glance as they were shocked by her almost ghoulish appearance.

Dora who also served as Information Minister and who was a failed senatorial candidate in her native Anambra state, had to introduce herself to some of the delegates who found it hard to recognise her.

She debunked earlier reports that she would miss the confab because of her illness.

Professor Dora Akunyili at the confab today. Photo Femi Ipaye
Professor Dora Akunyili at the confab today. Photo Femi Ipaye

Professor Akunyili: the shocking way she was seen today. Photo Femi Ipaye
Professor Akunyili: the shocking way she was seen today. Photo Femi Ipaye
Dora sending a text message on her phone
Dora sending a text message on her phone
The old Dora on her birthday at 53
The old Dora on her birthday at 53
Prof Dora Akunyili, Chief Josephine Aninneh and former deputy gov Osun State, Olusola Obada at the confab
Prof Dora Akunyili, Chief Josephine Aninneh and former deputy gov Osun State, Olusola Obada at the confab

On her facebook page on Tuesday, the former Iron Lady who as NAFDAC DG gave drug counterfeiters hell and whose tenure was globally celebrated for the clean up of the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry admitted that she has been ill: “I just came out of a major sickness, for which I thank Almighty God for delivering me. I know that God did that for a purpose.

“I am well now but only need time to put on more weight. However, I am strong enough for this Conference and I look forward to collaborating with other delegates to chart the way for a better Nigeria,” added the former Minister who is also one of the few Ministers who spoke up against the cabal that was playing dangerous games with the country when late President Umaru Yar’ Adua was sick.

She resigned from the cabinet of President Jonathan who succeeded Yar’Adua to contest Senatorial position in Anambra, her home State under the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, but she lost the election to Dr. Chris Ngige of the APC.

Whatever happened to Dora?

.Story and photos by Femi Ipaye


98 comments

  1. austine

    Prof Dora; If d only thing u av done for this country is liberation, saving millions of souls from d hands of d numerous drug cabals in dis country, then u deserve to be immortalised. I pray by d power of annointing that u will recover well IJN..amen…To our people; Do not judge so u will not be judged..!

  2. Rommel

    Same thing that happened to Yar adua,and am sure Turai is also suffering same thing,this is the wages of her frolicking with power in Abuja,people should learn from this

  3. Rommel

    Same thing that happened to Yar adua,and am sure Turai is also suffering same thing,this is the wages of her frolicking with power in Abuja,people should learn from this

  4. Anonymous

    Oh no !!! This does not look like my Lionness. May Almighty God grant you quick recovery. The job you did at NAFDAC if highly appreciated.

  5. Anonymous

    MICHAEL
    It’s a pity that the good ones don’t last while the bad ones live longer,lord pls heal her from her sickness so that her wealth of knowledge can still touch more life

  6. Anonymous

    I wish u quick recovery…Amen.

  7. Anaebo

    Aunty Dora,the down fall of a man is not the end of his life,you are down today but have it at the back of your mind that you are up already,I join all well meaning contributors in wishing you speedy recovery.People are entitled to whatever opinion they choose and should know that life is like a standing or table fan and not a ceiling fan(Uwaezuoke)

  8. Olalekan

    I wish Dora quick recovery & at the same time express my disappointment in Anambra for picking Dora in her condition to represent them. The state could have given her 12M & allow her to recover fully.

  9. Prince O Adesola

    Nothing bad will befall Dora. Dora the legend! The Lord shall strengthen you. You will never be missed. The Lord, your Lord will restore your heath in the best manners. The God that used your hands to save lives, will save yours… Amen.

  10. Prince O Adesola

    Nothing bad will befall Dora. Dora the legend! The Lord shall strengthen you. You will never be missed. The Lord, your Lord will restore your heath in the best manners. The God that used your hands to save lives, will save yours… Amen.

  11. olowi ladaf

    Madam dora pele,God will heal you comoletely.But I advise you to pls stay at home and give yourself a good rest.

  12. Anonymous

    i wish you speedy recovery! God will help you. So sad to see you like this!

  13. Anonymous

    I wish you quick recovery madam. @truesage idowu,your message is too voluminous,learn how to summarise sentence that will attract attention of the decoders.

  14. TIM

    DORA, THE LORD WILL GRANT YOU FULL RECOVERY .
    HOWEVER , YOU STILL NEED SOME REST FOR FULL RECOVERY .

  15. osara

    Dora u will bounce back

  16. Tonak

    Madam, just be strong in the mind and remain positive. The good Lord will renew your strength in Jesus’ name.

  17. Bolaji

    Get well soon, Madam, posterity will judge what you did on behalf of our dear country while you were the boss of NAFDAC. It is not easy fighting those that want to kill Nigeria by the amount of fakes drug in the market prior to your assuming office.
    You will not die in the name of Jesus, but lives to proclaim the works of the Lord. The reward of a good leader is to see what they started going stronger. NAFDAC is functioning today because of your astute leadership and forthrightness. Though they can still improve on your legacy, if they do not bail out to the cabal.

  18. Onye-Eze

    Commentators mind your language and choice of words!
    My only worry is that she would have waited to fully recover from this ailment before making a public appearance!
    Anyway,i wish her a very speedy recovery!

  19. Onye-Eze

    Commentators mind your language and choice of words!
    My only worry is that she would have waited to fully recover from this ailment before making a public appearance!
    Anyway,i wish her a very speedy recovery!

  20. Sunny Akhigbe

    I want to join all the good-hearted commentators before me in this forum to wish her speedy and irreversible recovery. @JTi, I love your enlightened comment. I do not need to add more. Once the underlying illness has been checked, the question of weight gain is a matter of time. I like the woman’s courage in coming out in the form she is now. Many unschooled would be calling her names now; some might even be insinuating that she came out because of the conference allowances. The truth of the matter is that her taking part in all activities she can now will facilitate her quick return to full health. When we are healthy, we should not mock the sick and when we are able, we should not mock the disabled. I wish her good luck!

  21. Hrasheed

    Life is one big road with a lot of signs. May Allah the almighty help and guide us Ameeeeen

  22. JI

    Dora became a NIgerian politician by rigging election in Anambra and still failed.

    However, i am sure she has reconciled with her creator through her trying time.

    I wish her quick recovery.

  23. Truesage Idowu

    Madam Dora, It is my prayers that the will of the LORD GOD will come to pass in your life. I have the following words for you in Isaiah 43.
    The LORD the Only Redeemer

    1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
    2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
    3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.
    4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.
    5 Fear not; for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west:
    6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;
    7 even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
    8 ¶ Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
    9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and show us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.
    10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
    11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
    12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
    13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
    14 ¶ Thus saith the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chalde’ans, whose cry is in the ships.
    15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.
    16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
    17 which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
    18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.
    19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
    20 The beast of the field shall honor me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
    21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.
    22 ¶ But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.
    23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honored me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.
    24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.
    25 ¶ I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.
    26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.
    27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.
    28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

    1. Nelson

      Amen. The same God that has kept her on the sick bed shall perfect what He had started. Be healed in Jesus name.
      Prof. Take time to rest and if this exercise will to be rigorous for your present state , pls quit because this nation still needs you.

  24. Sirbrwnjr

    Dear Prof, We good people of Nigeria pray that everything working against you will not succeed in Jesus name.May your God come to your rescue in Jesus name.The Lord God restore you.

  25. Anonymous

    It is well as said by the owner of LIVE! All the comments thus far on the person of Akunyili is a clear mind of God concerning His creature “MAN” whose minds are complex and wicked and only God Himself knows man who he created. But let it suffice that the seed a man sows is what he reaps. Sister Dora, I wish you well.

  26. safiya Akano

    The Lord is with you.I cherish your courage. its not about how many times one falls. the news is, was he able to stand up? you are already up. the rest is stories. when things like this happens, some people display their ignorances in place of intelligent. we live here in this world blind, with no knowledge of what will happen next minute. my prayers as a muslim to you is, may Allahs mercies when he desired things to happen, he say kum faya kum.remain with you all through the remaining part of your life. you are destined to be part of the conference, as well as others. nothing will stop it. wish you quick restocking. safiya Akano

  27. nze

    Shame on anambra state,a sick person clearly representing a sick state,a state where for 8years peter obi refused to conduct local government election theirby making the state lack grassroot developement,massive looting and election rigging takes place,dora akunyili representing anambra state is just to say,oh,madam u lost so much when u ran for senatorial seat in anambra and now your bp is high and you are sick,we shall help you by givig you this opportunity to collect 12million naira allowance from fedral govt,madam take heart,hahahahahah,I can’t stop laughing,its pathetic,sick person representing healthy people,madam my advice to you is go and rest,like someone has clearly said,one minute silence shall be your case if you fail to know that >aghalu ndu kpaa aku onye ilo erie ya>health 1st

  28. Bro Kareem Azeez

    I wish her well. All in the name of good things she has done while she is in office especially NAFDAC.

    1. Anonymous

      Get well soon

    2. Anonymous

      Get well soon

  29. Upper Iweka Mkt

    I agree with mallam sheu, she should have recovered fully before coming out.

    Well may be she is broke and needs the N12m confab windfall as an immediate financial life line.

    Notwithstanding, I wish her speedy full recovery.

  30. Sulaiman

    Dear Dora,
    it’s been so nice seeing you every day; with your humor and kindness but it has been so sad not seeing you. How time flies and what a great opportunity to show the world the other side of a coin. Being ill and out of could be hard on anyone.
    Your public appearance shows how tough you are,and how you accept all that the Lord has chosen for you.

    Everyone here sends their best wishes for your better health and healing.

  31. Anonymous

    Paul,
    Watch your tongue. Those that live in glass house dont throw stones. I hope you have a mother and sisters

  32. Austine

    Dear, this God that is there for you when you are a minister for NAFDAC is still alive and this time he will do it again, from this moment by the authority of heaven look at that sickness for the lastime after today you will see a great change in your body IJN.

  33. MALLAM SHEHU

    I WISH HER SPEEDY RECOVERY, BUT SHE SHOULDN’T HAVE COME OUT IN THIS CONDITION. SHE SHOULD HAVE WAITED TILL SHE FULLY RECOVERED AND GAINED HER WEIGHT BACK BEFORE APPEARING IN PUBLIC. THIS APPEARANCE GIVES ROOM FOR THE RUMOUR MONGERS AS USUAL TO START SPECULATING AND SPREADING FALSE RUMOURS ABOUT HER AND HER SICKNESS.

    1. Ibrahim Agyo

      I reason like you. Prof would have stayed back and recovered herself fully.

      I commend her effort in seeing the Confab as an opportunity to give her take on the national matter but my humble opinion is that she should have given her health more priority by resting.

      Speedy recovery Prof.

  34. Yorobber

    @ NA SIR KATSINA.. You are a mad dog, After reading a wonderful and thoughtful prayer @ OLAGBEBIKAN, All you could decipher is wish Dora Akunyili Evil. So you were supportive of the fact, Late president Yar’adua did not hand over power to GEJ even when he was so sick to continue. That’s how you love Nigeria? You must be Boko Haramist. Useless Northerner like you, shouting one Nigeria because they don’t have oil and cannot live without parasiting on other regions, yet your heart is Evil for the zones feeding you and your ilk. Animal.

    1. NASIR KATSINA

      Drunkard,semi-illitrate who is Afraid of break up? i am prayn for that stupid pig.remain your donkey ebele,what has he achieved?my thoughts ar you ar empty.

      1. Joseph Onye Amachara

        I am very sure you are from borno state…I dont know what you are doing in the south.

      2. Muna Ken

        Nasir Katsina, go and read ur books, u will be better, I think. Read the history of the war and u will end up being sorry for ur fathers’ murderous and senseless pogrom on the great Igbo race. Even Allah will never forgive U. Stupid parasites!

        1. NASIR KATSINA

          Do you bastard think we ar afraid of break up,i don’t blame u bcause u worship ogogoro,go back to your stupid history and check, sudan as your ref point,,

  35. NASIR KATSINA

    Nemesis.umaru musa yar’adua is waitin for u,where is your darling ebele can’t he save u,madam dora the ‘cabal’s monster.

    1. emeka

      which nemesis.You are sounding like one of those fake drug/death merchants that that Dora put out of business.

    2. Afiniki

      Nasir, The fact that you are alive today is by the grace of GOD!!! its not unto any good works, its God that gives life and should take it when it pleases HIM. Though men have decided to take what they cant make (life). Prof Akunyilu did not kill Yar adua she acted well. Any person from every region of this country has equal right to rule NIGERIA . Ruling Nigeria is not a birth right to any region. President Ebele is there today, tomorrow will be someone else. He is doing his part and would have done better if we all give our sincere support from all regions. I strongly believe that by the grace of God prof Akunyilu would recover speedily but above all let the will of God be upon her. She is a true sincere leader and a woman with the heart of gold and what ever happens i join millions of Nigerians to say we love her and wish her well. SHE IS A MOTHER!!!!

  36. Sam Babalola

    Professor Dora Akunyuli , is a national heroine, a dynamic and pragmatic leader, a woman of integrity, a completely detribalized politician and incorrigible path finder.
    If we have five of Akunyuli in position of executive in Nigeria, things would have changed.
    Our dear Prof, get well quick because the country needs people like you who are very few for the new Nigeria coming up in future.
    May the Heavely Father restore you back to your healthy status before this incident .
    Sam Babalola.

  37. olagbebikan

    DEAR LOVELY LADY.YOU WILL NOT DIE BUT LIVE TO CONTINUE TO DO GODS WORK IJN.THOSE WHO WISH YOU DEAD SHALL BE DISGRACED IJN..NO MATTER WHAT YOUR ENEMIES ARE PLANNING FOR YOU,GODS PLANS AND PURPOSES FOR YOUR LIFE SHALL OVERTAKE THEM AND BE FULFILLED IJN..YOU WILL LIVE TO OLD AGE, AT LEAST 90 YEARS AND IN GOOD HEALTH AND YOU SHALL LIVE TO ENJOY THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR IJN . .GOD ALMIGHTY THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS SHALL RESTORE YOU TO FULL AND PERFECT HEALTH IJN..FINALLY,YOU SHALL LIVE TO BECOME THE FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF NIGERIA IJN AMEN AND AMEN AND AMEN IJN

    1. J.T.I.

      Its unfortunate that the likes of @olagbebikan (olagbebikan) have decided to add their senseless contributions here. Ailment/Sickness is what every adult human has pass through, the gravity is what counts. Are we still in the dark days when sickness was attributed to the making of man? Wishes of men could never have brought this kind of hardship on the iron lady it is the time that God has design – no bad wishes, and I repeat no bad wishes could have caused her that! Talking about her enemies here is like making them (the enemies) feel so important over what they are not and can not be.

      The few sickness that can make one to emaciate so sudden like that are cancer, diabetes, HIV, liver associated ailments such as cirrhosis, hemochromatosis etc. All the ailments mentioned here are manageable. As the woman has rightfully said, the sickness is over and she is just about to regain herself. She will, as God who allowed this to visit her will be the same God that will take it away from her. Blessings!

  38. En

    I pray for God’s healing balm to be upon her in Jesus name. It is well with her!

  39. Parenthesis

    Mehn!!!!!!!!!!!! This sickness is wicked. I pray she regains herself back in Jesus Name. AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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