MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
It was a celebration of life well spent as thousands of Nigerians and other nationals at the weekend gathered at Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State
to give a befitting burial to the co-founder and Chairman of Twins Hospital, Warri; Dr. Mike Nkem Egboh. He passed on early January, 2022.
The Twins Hospital boss who trained as a medical doctor at the Kalinin University, a renowned School of Medicine, in Russia, had worked with the former Barclays Bank (present Union Bank) before he was offered scholarship by the Federal Government of Nigeria to study in Russia.
On arrival in Russia in 1972, Egboh was admitted for a one year language programme at the University of Moscow. He spent the period learning the
language and subsequently became fluent in the Russian Language in such a short time.
Initially, he had intended to study agriculture in Moscow but as faith would have it, he was enrolled at the Kalinin University where he became a medical student.
During his years at the Kalinin University, he fell in love and got married to former Miss Valentina Nichoclavna-Victorova who was two years ahead of him at the same medical University. She specialised in Obstetrics and Gynacology while her husband specialised in general medicine.
On graduation, both of them returned to Nigeria with their twin daughters. After a brief period of working at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, the couple relocated to Warri where they began private medical practice and subsequently co-founded Twins Clinic named after their twin daughters.
The Clinic was transformed into a highly sought after modern hospital with state of the art facilities and a reputation for providing best-in-class health
care to oil companies like Shell, Chevron, Panalpina, Elf amongst others. The hospital has grown substantially over the years and has retained its reputation till this day.
The burial ceremonies which began with a service of songs last Friday had attracted thousands of personalities from various walks of life. These
included captains of industries, politicians, religious groups, social clubs, old students association, business associates and hundreds of other guests from within and outside Nigeria.
The three-day event which was largely packaged by Atlantic *Merry Makers; a sister company to AtlanticNewsonline, attracted several entertainment groups among which were Warri based Emma Grey Dance band, Fretless Musical Band from Asaba, DS 1 Entertainment and so on.
The late Dr. Mike Nkem Egboh who died at the age of 80 years was described by many people who spoke with AtlanticNewsonline as a philanthropist
par excellence who was a benefactor to many Ubulu-Uku indigent students and less privileged ones in the past years.
He was a staunch Roman Catholic who was devoted to his faith and also proud of his heritage and culture as an indigene of Ubulu-Uku.