Ayoola Alaba Olajide, 49,attended Ogbomoso Grammar School, Ogbomoso, Kwara State College of Technology,
Ilorin and the University of Ibadan. He holds the Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Sociology and Psychology
respectively (1984 & 1987).
Sickle Cell has long been Olajide's no 1 subject of interest. His MSc thesis reads,
Anxiety and Depression in Sickle
Cell Anaemia
He abandoned his doctoral studies (Clinical Psychology, 1991) at the University of Ibadan to work as a journalist.
Afterwards he became a teacher, commercial motorcycle ('
okada') rider and bus driver in Lagos.
Under the name of
Ola Tamedu, he wrote the autobiography,Menace In My Blood - my affliction with sickle cell
anaemia. Olajide is now a full-time sickle cell activist, meeting with health professionals, teachers, clerics and their
congregations .He is also President, Ikorodu Sickle Cell Club and former Publicity Secretary, Sickle Cell Club/Sickle
Cell Foundation Lagos,Nigeria.
Olajide's hobbies are playing table tennis, reading and writing. His music interests include Odolaye Aremu, Salawa
Abeni, Ogundare Foyanmu, Joni Mitchell, Al Stewart and Jamaican reggae.
Ivelisse Esther
Menace In My
into Spanish
Amenaza en mi
- mi
sufrimiento con la
anemia de
células falciformes
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