DR Ola Orekunrin is a British-Nigerian medical doctor who founded Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s first air ambulance service providers.

Ola, who was born and raised in the UK by her foster parents. She graduated as a medical doctor from the University Of York in the UK at the young age of 21 and is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.

While she was still in medical school, her younger sister, who had the sickle cell anemia condition, sadly passed away while the family was visiting Nigeria. The death occurred as a result of inefficient medical facilities here in Nigeria and the unavailability of an air ambulance service in the whole of West Africa that could transport her to a well-equipped hospital. The nearest was in South Africa and before the medical team could arrive, Ola’s 12-year-old sister had given up the fight.

Motivated by this death, Orekunrin quit her job at England’s National Health Service and relocated to Lagos, Nigeria where she offered her services to build a better medical system, not just for Nigeria, but for West Africa as a whole. This led to the birth of Flying Doctors Nigeria in 2007, a medical team dedicated to providing critical care via air transportation to both the private and public sectors, to companies and to individuals.

As a helicopter pilot with specialised training in aviation medicine, Ola has taken it upon herself to put both her passion for medicine and flying into good use.

Ola currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria where she is considered a national expert of disaster medicine and pre-hospital care. Her company has been featured on various local TV and radio stations as well as the BBC and CNN.



Are you an innovative entrepreneur – Apply to Win N100,000

If you are an innovative entrepreneur – apply for the MrsCEONaija’s Budding Entrepreneurs Funds (M-BEF) Initiative & be in the running to WIN 1 of 3 awards valued at N100, 000 each!

Created to empower females, African youth and children, MrsCEONaija aims to support budding entrepreneurs to success. The MBEF fund was uncovered at the 1st MrsCEONaija’s networking cocktail – where Dr Ola Orekunrin – the Founder of Flying Doctors was the key speaker. Through the launch of it’s entrepreneurs funds – M- BEF, MRSCEONaija allows participants to be awarded funds to make their ideas become reality or to develop on their existing business.

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Criteria for the grant:

The participant can be either male or female. Apart from being an entrepreneur, they must also be one of the following:

  • A university undergraduate
  • Recently graduated
  • NYSC Corp member
  • Experienced worker

How to apply:

  1. Visit the following portal and apply: com/funds
  • You must answer all 20 questions in order to be considered for the grant. If any of the questions does not apply to your business, simply answer ‘not applicable’ and continue the questionnaire.
  • Construct and upload a 60 second video pitch, in which you explain why you should be awarded the fund. You may also choose to upload your video to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag – #mrsceonaija #mbef to stand out from the crowd.
  1. Entries must be submitted between Oct 15th till Dec 16th, 2016
  2. The three winners will be announced on January 28, 2017 and presented with the N100, 000 award. They will also receive coaching from MrsCEONaija.
  3. The winners will be selected by the following panel of experts: Aisha Ahmad, Rotimi Williams, J. Omojuwaand Tolulope Adedeji.