Kelsey Harrison, Africa’s Academic Giant at 90

Friday Okonofua, Tubonye Harry, Nimi Briggs


It is not too often that men and women who have done well in building a sector of a country are saluted and appreciated in their lifetime. It usually takes a long time, and even generations for the work of great men and women to manifest and for the populations they served to understand the significance of the contributions they have made. However, when such a person reaches the nonagenarian age of 90 years, it is a milestone too phenomenal to be ignored. It is within this context that we celebrate today the life and times of Distinguished Emeritus Professor Kelsey Atanganmuerimo Harrison who attains the age of 90 years on January 9, 2023. Kelsey Harrison is a professor of obstetrics and gynaecology who worked for several years at the University of Ibadan (1960-1972), the Ahmadu Bello University (1972-1981), and later at the University of Port Harcourt (1981-1998) where he rose to the position of Vice-Chancellor.

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