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Ebola Survivor Dr Adaora Okoli named 1 of Bill Gates’ 5 “Heroes in the Field”



Adaora Okoli named 1 of Bill Gates' 5 "Heroes in the Field" - BellaNaija

It was in 2014 when Adaora Okoli‘s life changed.

An ebola patient had walked into the hospital she was working in as a medical doctor, and she was infected with it while caring for him.

She did not know if she would live or die. “You don’t know if it’s going to end with your death,” she said.

Luckily, she survived.

She’s since then dedicated her life to the research, treatment, and prevention of future epidemics, studying at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

On Thursday, she was named as one of Bill Gates‘ 5 “Heroes in the Field.”

She was also featured on TIME magazine, where she shared more of her story.

She plans to return to Nigeria, she said, and believes ebola will make a comeback. She said:

Ebola is going to come back. It may not be next year or the next five years. But it will come back. I know I was sick for a reason. There’s a lot more I have to do.

Watch her share her story below:


  1. 'Deola

    January 5, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Dr Okoli has rare qualities we all strive to have, qua;ties such as compassion and courage. And amongst these she is beautiful and brainy. Thank you BIll Gates for recognising our best and brightest.

  2. Emma E

    January 5, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    She is making good use of this true life story……Good Move.! and please, God Forbid we reject Ebola out of this Country in the Mighty Name of JESUS!!

  3. Dr. Adaora Okoli

    January 5, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    BN, thank you so much for sharing. Happy New Year.

  4. tunmi

    January 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you all so much. May we strive to be more like Dr. Oloko and her colleagues.

    Thanks BN and of course, Bill Gates

  5. Tony

    January 5, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    Amazing and touching story… I remember reading her account of her experience, it was a mind gripping thriller… with a very happy ending. I wish her the best… Smart and blessed woman.

  6. Dr.N

    January 5, 2018 at 9:13 pm


  7. Jade

    January 6, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Impressive. Compassion is what we need to emulate and practice more. Thank you Dr Adaora Okoli for your heart and service.

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