H.E Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

( Former President of The Federal Republic of Nigeria )

Oluwatoyin Adesola

Health Coach & Author; Founder and Executive Director, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI)

Ms Oluwatoyin Adesola, is a health coach, author, non-profit manager, entrepreneur, speaker, sickle cell warrior and advocate. As a certified health coach she helps people with chronic illness and their caregivers live a resilient, healthy and productive lifestyle.

She is the Executive Director and Founder of Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI)a non-governmental organisation focused on reducing the effects of sickle cell in the society and the owner of DAZZLEBERRY ENT a healthy food and wellness establishment. The author or two books Still Standing an autobiography and The Misadventures Of Oga an Madam AS, she is an alumnus of Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University and a Vital Voices Fellow, a US based social entrepreneurial fellowship for women.

Living with Sickle Cell Anaemia Disorder her love for reading and her flair for writing led her to author the book, Still Standing in which she shared her experiences and the tenacity by which she overcame the many challenges that resulted from the disorder.

The book Still Standing is a compelling autobiography of a woman’s struggle with sickle cell anaemia and the tenacity by which she was able to overcome the many challenges that befell her as a result of this disease.

With the experience of battling a chronic illness for over 5 decades, facing over 100 hospital admission and numerous blood transfusion and surgical operation, Toyin began a Non Profit to help people just like her

She then started Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI) a non-governmental organisationn whose is to build a society where Sickle Cell Disorder (SCD) is reduced and people with sickle cell as well as their families are able to lead healthy, positive and productive lives. This is done by our mission, which is to empower and improve the lives of people, especially with SCD through strategic partnership via education, empowering, creating awareness, and providing support

From its humble beginning almost ten years ago, providing social and medical support one off, to people with sickle cell disorder; SAMI has grown to organising the XTRA CARE MEDICAL PROJECT which is a monthly click providing free drugs, doctor consultation and health talk to over 250 people living with sickle cell disorder.

Toyin has been on various television shows including New Dawn with Funmi Iyande, Seriously speaking with Adesuwa Onyeuke, Channels TV Book Club, Moments with Mo, as well as radio programmes and the print media, telling her story and spreading the issues of Sickle Cell Anaemia Disorder.

Toyin, though limited physically is a very energetic and dogged woman, whose love for God and determination, has strengthened her to what she has become. Her dream is to see people regardless of their mental or physical limitations being empowered to live healthy and positive lives

Self Care or Self Hurt – Managing chronic care in a stressful environment
Women Overcoming Sickle Cell Symposium
Satellite Symposium – Conference Theatre, Hall C,
Main Congress Program

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African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease