Dora Akunyili

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Dora Akunyili (14 July 1954 – 7 June 2014) was the director-general of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria from 2001 to 2008.

DoraAkunyili Monument at Ezinano Agulu
DoraAkunyili Monument at Ezinano Agulu

Dora Akunliyi Monument at Ezinano Agulu


  • "The founding fathers of Nigeria had a dream of building a united, prosperous, and developed nation-state where social justice reigns. We also have to continue to dream because once we stopped dreaming then life is gone.”
    • [1] Dora giving her last speech before her death at a National conference
  • "Women tend to be less corrupt and more focused. There are many more great women leaders out there who need to be given a chance."
    • [2] Dora at a private meeting at the Wilson Centre in 2006.
  • "When you have a big sister like me, your problem will never be cash but how to spend your money.
    • [3] Dora at an interview with Dr. Damages
  • I am convinced that Nigeria should remain as one nation after 100 years despite her challenges because our common values overwhelm our differences.
    • [4] Dora's thoughts on Nigeria
  • A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.”
    • [5] Dora Akunliyi last public speech quoting a Greek proverb

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