FWACP (Int. Med - Av Med), MB BS, D Av Med, MRAeS, FRSM, MACOEM, FIAMN (Hon), FAsMA

Personal Statement:

Dr. 'MAO' is an Aviator, Consultant Physician, Teacher / Human Factors Instructor, Farmer and Retired Senior Nigerian Air Force Officer / Chief Flight Surgeon, Chief Aerospace Medical Consultant, Chief Medical Director, Postgraduate Clinical Tutor, Author, Philanthropist, Political Party Leader, Community Leader, Christian Minister and Leadership Mentor. Dr Makanjuola Akindele Owolabi is Nigeria’s and indeed, West Africa’s first Specialist Fellow in Aerospace Medicine / Aviation Medicine & Human Factors of West African College of Physicians and the USA – based global Aerospace Medical Association.

To mark 60 years of university education in Nigeria on 6th June 2008, Dr Owolabi was one of only two Nigerians honoured with Distinguished Alumnus Award of Nigeria’s premiere university (University of Ibadan) for his pioneering work in the field of Aviation Medicine in Nigeria. Born on 8th August 1953 at Ile – Ife as the first child of the family of late Pa Clement Ebun Owolabi of Aisegba Ekiti and late Mrs Elizabeth Folake Owolabi of Agbado Ekiti, later in 1964, Mr Akindele Owolabi was the School Prefect at L.A. Primary School in Ode Ekiti (old Ondo State). In 1969, Mr Owolabi (as School Pianist, Treasurer for the Boys’ Scout, Leader of the Junior Scripture Union Society and School Librarian)obtained Class 0f 1969 Best West African School Certificate Examination Result – Grade 1 with Distinctions at Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure, Ondo State. Proceeding to the University of Ibadan Premedical School in 1970, Mr Owolabi was later elected President of University of Ibadan Medical Students Association in the 1974/75 academic session at College of Medicine (previously Medical School), University College Hospital, Ibadan.

In October 1980, Dr Makanjuola Akindele Owolabi obtained Nigeria’s first postgraduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine from the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In 1981, he set up (mostly with his personal equipment from the United Kingdom) Nigeria’s first Aviation Medicine Department at Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna. Later, in a rare feat of honour militarily world – wide, he was commissioned into Nigerian Air Force Service (NAF/1816) with an Initial Rank of Squadron Leader in December 1985. He, however, retired voluntarily from active service in January 1993 toset up Nigeria’s first private Aviation Medical Centre at Kaduna for pioneering work in his chosen field of Aviation Medicine. His numerous academic laurels include MBBS (Ibadan); Diploma in Aviation Medicine (UK); Fellow of West African College of Physicians; Fellow of Aerospace Medical Association (USA); Honorary Fellow of Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria (1992); Member of American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine; Member of Royal Aeronautical Society of London; Fellow of Royal Society of Medicine of London; Member of Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (USA); Member of Aerospace Human Factors Association (USA); Member of Association of Aviation Medical Examiners (UK); and Designated Senior Aviation Medical Examiner for USA, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and several European countries.


On secondment while on active service with Nigerian Air Force by the nation at the creation of Nigeria’s Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA), Dr Owolabi was pioneer Consultant & International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Authorized Medical Assessor for the Authority in Lagos while working concurrently at Nigerian Air Force Base Kaduna and FCAA Headquarters, Ikeja – Lagos from January 1990 t0 December 2000. Dr Owolabi, who has practised Medicine for 40 years, has been married for 38 years to sweetheart Mrs Edna Aina Owolabi, his partner in life, ministry work, business and politics. They are blessed with four great children each with excellent educational and professional achievements in Emergency Medicine; Architecture & IT Business; Master in International Business / Global Banking & Finance / Film Production; and Law with Master in Marketing aspects; respectively.



Professional – Internet based:  USA  FAA online Multimedia        19th July  2015

Aviation Medical Examiner Refresher Course, Aerospace Medical Education Division,

 Federal Aviation Administration, USA


Professional–83rd Annual Conference of Aerospace Medical Association, Atlanta GA, USA


13th – 17th May 2012

Professional–33rd Annual General & Scientific Conference ofWest African College of Physicians, Monrovia - Liberia

Nov 2009

Professional– Continuing Medical Education Program
Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting and FAA AME Seminar, Los Angeles, CA. USA

May 2009

Professional–32ndAnnual General & Scientific Conference of West African College of Physicians, Abuja, Nigeria.

Nov 2008

Professional– Strengthening Preparedness Planning in the Aviation Sector : Workshop jointly organized in Africa
ICAO, WHO, IATA, ACI & CAPSCA, Dakar, Senegal

Mar 2008

Professional– 30th, 31stAnnual General & Scientific Conferences of West African College of Physicians,, Banjul - The Gambia , & at Accra - Ghana, respectively                                                                                                                       

Nov 2007


Nov 2008

Professional– Continuing Medical Education Program
Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting , Orlando, Florida, USA

May 2006

Professional– Continuing Medical Education Program
Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting, Kansas City, MO, USA

May 2005

Professional– Internet - based USA Multimedia Aviation Medical Examiner Refresher Course
Aerospace Medical Education Division, Federal Aviation Administration,

Jan 2002

Professional– Aviation & Allied Business 5th Leadership Conference
Nicon Hilton Hotel, Abuja. Nigeria.



Sep 1999

Professional– European Joint Aviation Requirements (JAA JAR) Flight Crew Licensing - 3 / Aviation Medical Examiners Course
Civil Aviation House, London Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom.

May 1999

Professional– Aviation Physiology Training Course conducted for NAF Aeromedical Centre Personnel
ETC Aeromedical Training Institute, Southampton, PA, USA.

Feb – Mar 1999

Professional– Graduate Course in Hyperbaric Medicine
Jefferson C. Davis Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Centre / Methodist Plaza, San Antonio, Texas, USA.

Mar 1999

Professional– Continuing Medical Education Program in Aviation Medicine
International Congress of Aviation of Aviation & Space Medicine, London, England.

Oct 1995

Professional– Course on Current Problems in Aviation
ETC Aeromedical Training Institute, Southampton, PA, USA.


Professional– Course on Human Factors in Aviation
ETC Aeromedical Training Institute, Southampton, PA, USA.

April 1991

Professional– Passed Nigerian Armed Forces Command & Staff Course Junior Division, Jaji, Nigeria dated 09 June 1989 and received course Best Service Writing Award.

Feb 1989

Postgraduate  Fellow in Clinical Neurology & Aviation Medicine
(British Postgraduate Medical Federation:  University of London’s Institute of Neurology, Queens Square, London & Royal Air Force (No. 13 Diploma Course in Aviation Medicine at RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine, Farnborough,(Hants), UK


Bachelors Degree– MBBS
College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

(Medical School)


A Levels– Pre-Medicine
Satisfactory performance in May/June 1971 University Examinations in Physics, Chemistry & Zoology – Reference S.I.6791 dated 11 August 1971 at Pre-Medical School, College of Medicine (University of Ibadan), Ibadan, Nigeria


Secondary School –
Oyemekun Grammar School , Akure, Ondo State (Nigeria)


Mr Owolabi obtained Year of 1969 Class’s Best West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) Result - Grade 1 with Distinctions (Certificate No. SC 019381)

Work Experience / Professional Career


Kaduna Guild of Medical Directors - Kaduna, Nigeria

Full Time


Jan 1998 to 2002

European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA), Europe

Part Time

Designated Aviation Medical Examiner for holders of JAA Licences

Jan 1999 to Present


Aerospace Medical Association of Nigeria, Nigeria


Full Time

Founder & President

Aug  2002 to Present

MENDS International Limited (MIL), Kaduna, Nigeria



May 1992 to Present

J'aime Restaurant and Fast Foods  at Wondernet Plaza Kaduna, NDA University campuses 7 Skyjet Hangar at Kaduna Airport  (Chairman)  

July 2009 to Present


GMD Healthcare Limited (HMO), Kaduna, Nigeria


(Executive Chairman)

Jan 2001 to Present

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Consultant for Nigerian Civil Aviation as FCAA  Aeromedical Consultant & Authorized Medical Assessor

Jan 1990 – Dec 2000

Transport Canada Licences / Health and Welfare Transport  - Canada

Civil Aviation Medical Examiner

Jan 1991 to Present


UK Civil Aviation Authority, Gatwick Airport, London

Jan 1984 to Present

(Authorized Medical Examiner - AME)


Manaj Farms, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria


(Chairman )

Dec 2011 to Present

Prime Estates, Abuja, Nigeria



Feb 2011 to Present

Makanjuola & Edna Owolabi Charity Foundation, Nigeria



Jul 2004 to Present

MENDS Training Institute (MTI), Kaduna, Nigeria


Chairman, Chief Facilitator & Director of Training

Jan 2003 to Present

MENDS Specialist Hospital & Aviation Medical Centre, Kaduna, Nigeria


(Chairman & Chief Medical Director )

Jan 1992 to Present

University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Kaduna State Branch


(President )

Jan 1994 to Jan 1995

Nigerian Air Force Officer (NAF / 1816), Kaduna, Nigeria


Squadron Leader as Initial Rank on Commission

Dec 1985 to Jan 1993

Voluntary Retirement

Nigerian Air Force base, Kaduna, Nigeria


Flight Surgeon & Specialist in Aviation Medicine

Oct 1980 to Jan 1992

NHS UK, Queens Square, Neuro Hospital, United Kingdom


Specialist Registrar Internal Medicine (Neurology)

Aug 1978 to Nov 1979

National Youth Service Corps  - Nigerian Air Force Hospital, Kano (Nigeria)


(Medial Officer)

Jul 1977 to Jun 1978


University College Hospital  - Ibadan, Nigeria


(House Officer )

Jul 1976 to Jul 1977

University of Ibadan Medical Students Association, University of Ibadan, Nigeria



Sep 1974 to Jul 1975


Professional Achievements

Sep 2012                  Received Legacy of True Leadership Award from Africa Leadership

                                  News Magazine at Abuja, Nigeria (Award dedicated to late father

-       Pa Clement Ebun Owolabi who died at 100 years old)


May 2012




May 2009

FAsMA – Fellow in Aerospace Medicine, Aerospace Medical Association, 320 South Henry Street,Alexandria, VA, USA (Award dedicated to Mrs Edna Aina Owolabi, his life partner and angel.


National Development Merit Award by Elation Magazine in Recognition of Pioneering Contributions in Aviation Medicine to National Development (Abuja, Nigeria)


Jun 2008

Distinguished Alumnus (DA) Award by University of Ibadan Alumni Association (UIAA) at Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan to mark the university's 60th Anniversary as the “First and the Best in Nigeria as well as for pioneering aviation medicine in Nigeria.


Dec 2007

Distinguished Nigerian Award for Excellence for Entrepreneurial Excellence in Nigeria by Time NEWS Magazine (Abuja, Nigeria)




Mar 2007

Fellow, Institute of Industrialists & Corporate Administrators of Nigeria in recognition of his proficiency in Corporate Administration;

&First Grand Award for Productivity in Africa in Consideration of Achievements in the Practice of Human Medicine in Africa  by People, State & Resource (Abuja, Nigeria)


May 2006

6th Development in Nigeria Merit Award for Recognition of Contribution to National development in Human Medicine (Aviation Medicine) by "People, State (Abuja, Nigeria)


Nov 2005

Foundation Fellow (in sub-Specialty of Aviation Medicine), West African College of Physicians ( Faculty of Internal Medicine) - FWACP (Int. Med - Av Med)


Dec 2004

Inclusion in the Honours List of 13 Professionals in "Who's Who in African Aviation, 4th Edition" by MACS (Nig.) Limited (Lagos, Nigeria)



Sep 2002


Cabin Safety& security Excellence Diamond Award by Cabin security & Safety Watch, Lagos in recognition and appreciation of Outstanding Contributions to cabin Safety  & Security in Nigeria after delivering “September 11 Anniversary Lecture (Lagos, Nigeria )


Jul 2002

Inclusion in "1000 World Leaders of Scientific Influence Hall of Fame" for Outstanding Contributions to the field of Aerospace Medicine by the American Biographical Institute (USA)


Dec 2001

Certificate of Honour for Distinguished Service to the Nation by the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Kaduna State Branch (Kaduna, Nigeria)


May 1996

Membership of American College of Occupational & Environmental Health , Arlington Heights  (Illinois, USA)


Oct 1992

Honorary Fellow, Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria (FIAMN) (Nigeria)


Apr 1990

Scroll of inclusion in "Newswatch Who's Who in Nigeria - First Edition”(Lagos, Nigeria)


Aug 1986

Certificate of Merit for Distinguished Achievement (Subject of Notice in Volume XX, Dictionary of International Biography, Cambridge (England))


Feb 1985

FRSM - Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine (London, UK)


Nov 1984

MRAeS – Member, Royal Aeronautical Society of London  (London, UK)


Oct 1980

D Av Med - Diploma in Aviation Medicine ,(Royal College of Physicians of London& Royal College of surgeons of England), London, UK



Jun 1976

MBBS –  Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery(University of Ibadan)

(Later, after Internship at UCH Ibadan and National Youth Service Corps Service at Nigerian Air Force, Basic  Flying Training Group Kano, received NYSC Certificate of National Service No, 028309 from July 1977 to June 1978.)


Professional & Social Memberships

  • Aerospace Medical Association, USA (Fellow & Life Member)
  • Guild of Medical Directors (Foundation Member Kaduna State chapter)
  • American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine (Member)
  • Aerospace medical Association, Nigeria (Founder)
  • Royal Aeronautical society of London (Member)
  • International Civil Aviation Medical Association, USA (Member since December 1983)
  • Aerospace Medical Association, USA (Life Member & Associate Fellow)
  • Royal Society of Medicine UK (Fellow)
  • US Undersea Hyperbaric Medical Society, Maryland USA (Member since March 1999)
  • Aerospace human Factors Association, USA (Member)
  • New York Academy of Sciences (Member
  • Nigerian Medical Association (Member)
  • Society of occupational Health Physicians of Nigeria (Member)
  • Association of Aviation Medical Examiners UK (Member)
  • West African College of Physicians (Foundation Fellow of subspecialty Aviation Medicine, Faculty of Internal Medicine)
  • Founder & Chairman of Makanjuola Edna Owolabi Charity Foundation from 3rd August 2006 (CAC / IT / No. 21506)

Publications & Presentations


1.      Owolabi, M A, 1983, Aeromedical Evacuation : Clinical and Operational Aspects, Wing Tips 1 : 4, 12 – 18 (Nigerian Air Force Publication).


2.      Owolabi, M A, 1984, Radiation Hazards in Air Traffic Control, The Airman, 4: 20 – 21 (Nigerian Air Force Publication).


3.      Owolabi, M A , 1984, Sickle Cell Trait and Flying, The Airman,4: 22- 23.


4.      Owolabi, M A , Civil Aviation Medicine in Nigeria, 4th International Seminar on Civil Aviation in Nigeria, Zaria, 1984.


5.      Owolabi, M A , The Sickle Cell Trait in Relation to Military and Civil Aviation, Aerospace Medical Association Annual Scientific Meeting, San Diego, 1984 (submitted late but allowed for short presentation during Discussion).


6.      Owolabi, M A ,The Role of Aviation Medicine in Aircraft Accident Investigation, Wing Tips, 1: 5, 20 –31.


7.      Owolabi, M A , Medication and Flying, Nigerian Air Force Medical Conference, Port – Harcourt, 1988.


8.      Owolabi, M A , Aeromedical Services and Nigerian Air Force Operational Readiness, Nigerian Air Force Operations Seminar, Port – Harcourt, 1989.


9.      Owolabi, M A, Medical and Psychological Certification of Aircrew in Nigeria, Federal Civil Aviation Authority Aviation Medical Examiners (AME) Seminar, Lagos, 1990.


10.    Owolabi, M A, Impact of HIV Infection & AIDS in Civil Aviation, Federal Civil Aviation Authority (FCAA) AME Seminar, Lagos, 1991.


11.    Owolabi, M A, Drugs and Alcohol Problems in Civil Aviation, FCAA AME Seminar, Lagos, 1992.


12.    Owolabi, M A, Do’s and Don’ts by Crew and Passengers on board Commercial Aircraft, Aviation & Corporate Travels Seminar on “ The Rights of People in the Air”, Lagos, 1994 (National Television Live Programme).


13.    Owolabi, M A, Acceleration (G) – Induced Loss of Consciousness: An Acceleration Hazard in Aerobatic Pilots (unpublished).


14.    Owolabi, M A, Working in High Altitude: Effects on Human Physiology, National Cabin Crew Association, Lagos, 14th August 1996.


15.    Owolabi, M A, Human Factors, Group Behavioural and Cultural Factors Impacting Aviation Safety, Aviation & Corporate Travels Seminar, Live Programme on MCTV Cable Channel Television, Lagos, 3rd September 1996


16.    Owolabi, M A, Human Factors for Flying and Engineering Safety, NAF 320 Technical Training Group First Annual Seminar & Nigerian Air Force Training Conference, Kaduna, 23rd August 2006 & 15th December 2006, respectively.


17.    Owolabi, M A, +Gz Hazards in Military Flying, Nigerian Air Force 303 Flying Training School’s Training Week, Kano, 16th November 2006.


18.     Owolabi, M A, Human Performance & Limitations Factors in Medical Practice in Nigeria, Guest Lecture at 16th Annual General Meeting & Scientific Conference, Otorhinolaryngological Society of Nigeria, Kaduna, 22nd November 2007.


19. Dr. Makanjuola Akindele Owolabi, 1,000 Lessons, Instructions, Decision & Sharing (“LIDS”) of God’s Wisdom, Opportunities, Revelations & Direction for righteous living (“WORD”), First Edition, Wondernet Ministry International Press (2016). ISBN 978-978-954-190-0.

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