“The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet live very little.” – Michel Eyquem de Montaigne.



TINUADE SANGOLADE (March 25, 1979 – January 1, 2002) was a former medical student and a wonderful colleague who crossed over to University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan with my set in the year 2000 but died in a vehicular accident on January 1, 2002. Before TINUADE SANGOLADE’s death, she was an unusual medical student who though very brilliant distinguished herself by doing what another medical student would not dare to do. She contested for the Vice-Presidency of the UI Students’ Union in 2001 and won! 

Tinuade had a passion for transforming not only the health sector but Nigeria at large. She had a clear vision of the path she was going to take to actualize her dreams and that was one of the reasons she took the bold step of contesting for the post of the Vice President of UI Student Union Government. 

She was indeed bold, and daring and was not ready to back down amid the challenges the union faced with the university authorities at the time. Her involvement in the University of Ibadan Students` Union Government came at a point when being a medical student meant focusing “solely” on your academics such that any deviation is viewed in the negative by “medical elders”.  

However, she was willing to challenge the status quo and traverse uncharted courses even though the stakes were high. 


Tinuade was an “all-rounder” and always found a way to balance the different aspects of her life such that one didn’t have to suffer for the other. She gave her academics topmost priority, thriving in her exams and not incurring any re-sits even while she was fully involved in student politics. 

As she was passionate about politics, she showed even greater enthusiasm towards God’s Kingdom. She loved and served the Lord and was very committed to the campus fellowship as a choir member.  

Tinuade was also very compassionate, empathetic, and willing to lend a helping hand as much as she could.  

She pursued her purpose, lived an impactful life within the short time she had, and left behind a legacy that should not be forgotten.  

TINUADE upon reflection is:

T – Tenacious

I – Intelligent

N – Non-conformist

U – Unusual

A – Agile and Authentic

D – Daring and Difference Maker

E – Empathic 



Dr Mike Koku

 Tinuade Leadership Academy

Chief Visionary Officer

Dr. Michael Koku

Dr Mike Koku

 Tinuade Leadership Academy

Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Titilade Akinola

Dr Mike Koku

 Tinuade Leadership Academy

Chief Financial Officer

Dr. Abimbola Olugbemide

Dr Mike Koku

 Tinuade Leadership Academy

Chief Academic Officer

Dr. Omowumi Femi-Akinlosotu

Dr Mike Koku

 Tinuade Leadership Academy

Chief Public Relations Officer

Dr. Austin Onofua

THE CYTOPLASM: Committed Members and Devoted Volunteers


TINUADE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Transforming Medical Leaders for a Resilient Future!

At TINUADE Leadership Academy, our mission is to redefine the trajectory of medical leadership in Nigeria. We aim to empower and inspire a new generation of doctors and medical students, transcending conventional boundaries.

Our objectives are not merely ambitions; they are a commitment to fostering a culture of excellence, innovation, and compassionate leadership within the medical community.

1. Elevating Leadership Standards:

Provide unparalleled, world-class leadership training, free of charge, to medical students and doctors across Nigeria.

Introduce the prestigious TINUADE LEADERSHIP AWARD during induction ceremonies, celebrating those who exemplify extraordinary servant leadership.

2. Cultivating Courageous Leadership:

Inspire medical students and doctors to embrace courageous and bold servant leadership, instilling values that go beyond academic achievements.

Promote a mindset that encourages continuous growth and the pursuit of excellence in both personal and professional spheres.

3. Establishing a Knowledge Hub:

Inaugurate the TINUADE SANGOLADE LEADERSHIP LIBRARY, a state-of-the-art facility equipped with a wealth of resources on Value-based Servant Leadership.

Facilitate accessibility to medical students and doctors in Nigeria, fostering a community of learners dedicated to honing their leadership skills.

4. Dynamic Learning Platforms:

Conduct engaging leadership trainings, seminars, webinars, and workshops, both in-person and virtually, tailored to the unique needs of medical students and doctors in Nigerian Medical Schools.

Foster an environment that encourages collaborative learning, networking, and the exchange of innovative ideas.

5. Celebrating Excellence:

Designate March 25th as TINUADE SANGOLADE DAY, commemorating Tinuade’s birthday with a Virtual Leadership Webinar featuring seasoned thought leaders and professional speakers.

Showcase World-Class Servant Leadership to inspire and motivate medical students and doctors.

6. Tailored Coaching for Growth:

Offer on-demand Group Executive Coaching Sessions, providing personalized guidance and support to medical students and doctors eager to enhance their leadership capabilities.

Foster a culture of mentorship and collaboration, creating a ripple effect of positive change within the medical community.

7. Collaborative Mentorship Initiatives:

Collaborate with esteemed organizations such as the Medical Women Association of Nigeria Oyo State Chapter and the National Association to provide mentorship and leadership training.

Empower current medical students with guidance and insights from seasoned professionals, nurturing the next wave of medical leaders.

8. Breaking Financial Barriers:

Establish the TINUADE FOUNDATION to award scholarships to promising medical students facing financial challenges, starting from Ibadan Medical School.

Ensure that financial constraints do not hinder the development of future medical leaders.