We are saddened to learn of the death of Dr. Dora Akunyili, the renowned former Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria. It is widely reported that she died on 7 June 2014, aged 59, after an illness.
Dr. Akunyili was known for her tireless and selfless effort in protecting the health of the Nigerian people from dangerous counterfeit products - despite the challenging environment. In her time in office as NAFDAC's DG, she was highly revered, nationally and internationally, and received numerous accolades for her work. Indeed, her legacy, which will live on, was clearly demonstrated to this Leo during an informal chat with James Nurton, at the 2014 Managing IP's Patent Forum. It is incredible that she is still remembered as 'NAFDAC', even after leaving office!
Our sincere condolences to her family and loved ones at this very sad time.
May her soul rest in peace.
Some of Dr. Akunyili's coverage in the area of IP
50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing Intellectual Property here (2006)
WIPO's Overview here (2007 - mentioned on page 25)
Christophe Geiger, Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property (2012 - cited on page 137)