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Saturday, December 12, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. UK time |5:00p.m – 6:30 p.m. Nigeria time


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“Are you mad?” “Your head is not correct!” “Possessed by the devil!”

These are phrases often spoken within the Nigerian culture. Although sometimes harmless, are commonly not well informed. Information on mental healthcare in Nigeria is lacking, and there is significant neglect and lack of a good understanding of mental health issues and healthcare in Nigeria.

While well-established treatments exist internationally for mental health, and the World Health Organization continues to work to make mental health a global development priority, there is still a lack of information in Nigeria regarding mental healthcare.


This webinar will explore the current state of mental healthcare in Nigeria; the state and role of research on mental healthcare development and delivery in Nigeria; the workforce situation in mental healthcare delivery in Nigeria; and the role of Government in mental healthcare delivery.

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Find the link to Chiijoke Egwu's Story here




Kelechi Nnoaham, MBBS, PhD, FFPH

President, Public Health Foundation of Nigeria


Oye Gureje, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

The University of Ibadan


Roger O. Makanjuola, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry

Obafemi Awolowo University




Mental Healthcare in Nigeria from PHFN Nigeria on Vimeo.

Panelist- Professor Roger Makanjuola

Panelist- Professor Roger Makanjuola

Professor Roger Makanjuola obtained degrees in Physiology (1966) and in Medicine (1970) at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and a PhD (1978) from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He obtained his specialist postgraduate qualification, the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 1975. He is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London, UK, the West African College of Physicians, and the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Roger spent the greater part of his working life on the academic staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and as an honorary consultant in its associated Teaching Hospital, the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex. He was appointed a Professor of Psychiatry in 1984. He served as Chief Medical Director of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex from 1989-1997. He was appointed Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1999 and then Vice-Chancellor of the University from 2001-2006. He has also served as President of the West African College of Physicians from 2007-2008 and Chairman of the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Nigeria from 2010-2011. Professor Makanjuola has published a book titled "Water must flow uphill" which describes his experiences when he was head of the teaching hospital and subsequently the University at Ile-Ife

Oye Gureje

Oye Gureje

Oye Gureje is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Mental Health, Neuroscience, Drug and Alcohol Abuse, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a member of the WHO International Advisory Group for the Revision of ICD-10 Chapter on Mental and Behavioural Disorders, Chairs the Workgroup on Somatic Distress and Dissociative Disorders and is Vice Chair of the Field Studies Coordinating Group of the revision exercise. He is a past President of the Association of Psychiatrists in Nigeria and of the African Association of Psychiatrists and Allied Professions. Professor Gureje is a member of the Editorial Board of several journals including International Review of Psychiatry, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Epidemiology and Psychiatric Services and Lancet Psychiatry. He has been active in global mental health for over two decades with leadership roles in several collaborative studies in epidemiology, randomized controlled trials and health system strengthening. He plays a leading role in mental health policy development in Nigeria as the Chair of the Federal Ministry of Health’s Mental Health Action Committee. In 2008, he was conferred with Nigeria’s highest award for academic achievement, the Nigeria National Order of Merit, by the country’s President for his contributions to medicine.



Egwu Chijioke is a Law graduate of the University of Nigeria. His first episode of Mental illness occurred sometime in his early teens and this lasted about six months. He was able to regain his health after this and complete his secondary school education with distinction. In February 2004, as a University Student, He experienced a relapse of his mental illness. Egwu ended up destitute and on the streets of Lagos State Nigeria where he was for nearly 5 years. In 2009, with the help of his Family and the Amaudo community mental health project situated in South Eastern Nigeria, he received treatment for his illness and again became better. He then got re-admitted to University to continue his law studies, and has since graduated. Egwu Chijioke is the author of “Hundred Golden Poems on Nigeria's Centenary”; a book of poems published to celebrate Nigeria’s 50th anniversary celebrations. His Law Degree thesis was on ‘Assessment of the Adequacy of Section 28 of the Criminal Code Act and other Laws Protecting the Rights of the mentally ill persons in South East Nigeria’. On the occasion of this year’s World Mental Health Day Celebration, Egwu Presented a Paper at the Amaudo Comprehensive Community Mental Health Programme in Abia State Nigeria, titled ‘Dignity in Mental Health: the Role of people Living with Mental illness’. Egwu is an active presence in Mental Health related Forums in South East Nigeria, where He avails audiences of His experiences as a former sufferer of mental illness. He is also a motivational speaker on speaking circuits.

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