Executive Board

The executive board members of the Association Of Clinical & Academic Physiotherapists of Nigeria (A.C.A.P.N) are:


Prof Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin - National President

Prof Rufus Adesoji Adedoyin is a professor of Physiotherapy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is the current Head, Department of Medical Rehabilitation and a honorary consultant cardiopulmonary Physiotherapist at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife (OAUTHC). His research and clinical interest is in the area of cardiopulmonary rehab, Exercise Science and physical activity & Environment. Dr Adedoyin has published over 100 papers in reputable peer-reviewed Journals. He is currently coordinating the cardiopulmonary Rehab and fitness unit of the Medical Rehabilitation Department, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals complex. He has served as editor-in-Chief for the Journal of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy; reviewer and contributor to several international journals including Respiratory Care Journal of American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC). Dr Adedoyin is a recipient of several awards including of International Fellowship award of the AARC in 2008. He was enlisted as an Emerging Leader by the World Heart Federation in 2015.




Dr. Jovita Ada Daniel - Vice President

Jovita Ada Daniel. BMR(PT), MSc., PhD. A Chief Physiotherapist and Unit Head of the Women’s Health and Fitness Unit of the Physiotherapy Dept of the Federal Medical Centre Owerri, Nigeria. Dr. Jovita earned her bachelors degree in Medical Rehabilitation (PT) from the University of Nigeria Nsukka, her MSc. in Exercise and Sports Science from Bayero University Kano and her PhD also in Exercise and Sports Science, from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, all in Nigeria. A clinician for over 18 years, Dr. Jovita has conducted researches and published papers in both local and international journals of high repute. Her works are mainly in the area of women’s health and pediatrics physiotherapy. She is an MRTB approved workshop resource person in the area of women’s health and has given many workshops an seminars both locally and at international conferences including WCPT Conferences (Amsterdam, 2011, Singapore 2015) She is presently, the Vice President of NPTA, National Chairperson and Coordinator of the Nigeria Physiotherapists in Women’s Health, the State coordinator of Imo State Chapter of NPTA, the Nigeria Chief delegate at the international Orga isation of Physiotherapists in Women’s Health (IOPTWH). Happily married and blessed with children.




Dr. Udoka Arinze Chris Okafor - General Secretary

Udoka Arinze Chris Okafor, Ph.D is a 1996 Physiotherapy graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. He also obtained his MSc (2003) and Ph.D (2013) from the same University. He is the first to obtain a Ph.D from any Nigerian University in the specialty of Ergonomics/Industrial Physiotherapy and also the first male to obtain a Ph.D from the Physiotherapy programme in the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria. His core interests are Ergonomics, Occupational health and Safety with a bias in Road safety. Contributions to Physiotherapy: Dr UAC Okafor has played consistently visible roles in the growth and re-branding of the Physiotherapy profession in Nigeria and Africa. He served the Physiotherapyprofession in Nigeria in various capacities including:

-Assistant National Secretary (2004-2008) -National Public Relations Officer and Editor in-Chief of the National PhysioNews (2008-2012), -Chairman Conferences and International Affairs Committee (2010-2011) -Vice President, Healthcare Providers’ Association of Nigeria (HCPAN)- (As Official Rep. of Physiotherapy Profession) (2008 – 2012) -Staff Adviser, Nigeria Association of Physiotherapy Students (NAPS, 2006- Date). -Pioneer Secretary, Private Practice Physiotherapists Association of Nigeria (2005-2008).
Beyond Nigeria, Dr Okafor has also played major roles inPhysiotherapy including: -Pioneer Coordinator, West Africa Physiotherapy Union (WAPU) – (A Sub-regional Affiliate of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) (June 2012 – Date) -Member, Editorial Board, WCPT – Africa region (2015 – Date) -Member, International Judging Panel for WCPT (as only African Member), 2012 WCPTArts/ Photo Competition. -Sole /Official Delegate (for Nigeria) at WCPT-Africa Congress (Zambia 2014) -Alternate Voting Delegate (Nigeria) at the WCPT-Africa Congress Kenya, (June 2012) -Alternate Voting Delegate (Nigeria) at the WCPT Conference (Amsterdam, June 2011). -Volunteer (Congress Protocol) WCPT Congresses (Amsterdam 2011, Singapore 2015).
Dr Okafor (fondly referred toas ‘Mr Packager’in the Nigeria physiotherapy circle) has a flair for image making and branding and a strong advocate of professionalism and best practice in Physiotherapy. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos, Nigeria where he also serves in various Committees of the University




Rita Nkechi Ativie - Public Relations Officer

Rita Nkechi Ativie obtained her bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Ibadan (UI). She got her. M.Sc in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy (her chosen specialization) at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she now works as a lecturer in the department of Medical Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences and Technology. She is presently running her PhD programme in Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology at the Delta State University, Nigeria.
Rita fondly called RNA has served as a public relations personnel in various professional organizations. She was the Editor-in-Chief of NICAPSG INSIGHT- The newsletter of the Nigeria Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy Specialty Group (2015 & 2016). She is also a member of the Nigeria Cardiac Society (NCS), the Nigerian Thoracic Society (NTS) and the British Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (BAC-PR).To her credit are several peer-reviewed publications and presentations at professional conferences. Her research and clinical interest is in the area of critical care, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, Exercise Science and physical activity.
Rita is the director of Rose Waters Initiative (ROWIN), a foundation committed to the care of the elderly and the physically and mentally challenged. She is a happily married Christian who enjoys singing and event planning




Dr Happiness Aweto - Treasurer

Aweto, Happiness Anulika (Ph. D) is a senior lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, Lagos. She had her Bachelor degree in Medical Rehabilitation (Physiotherapy) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State in 1996. Afterwards, she went to do her Internship programme in Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos from 1997-1998. She did her National Youth Service in General Hospital, Hadejia, Jigawa state from 1998-1999 where she got many awards and commendations for meritorious service. She gained employment with the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos as a Physiotherapist in 1999 and served 10 years there (1999-2009). She left National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi to lecture in the Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Lagos in 2009. She had a Master of science (Msc.) in Physiology in 2000 and a doctorate degree in Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy in 2014.
She likes reading and tavelling. She is a member of the Nigeria Thoracic Society.




Mr Istifanus Wanda - Financial secretary

Umar Istifanus Wanda , M.Sc ( Unilag Hons).

*  Presently a Senior Physiotherapist with Gombe state Ministry of Health .
*  Supervisory Head to Specialist Hospital and 10 General Hospitals across the state
*  Member Board of Directors of Manu Wadachi Memorial Clinic Talasse, Balanga LGA, Gombe State.
*  Was a Team Coordinator of Team Ribadu in Gombe State
*  Specializes in Cardio respiratory Physiotherapy with competence in Human development and Politicking.




Mr Emmanuel Aliyu - Asst Secretary

Aliyu Emmanuel Samuel PT, BPT (BUK), MSc Orthopaedic and sports Physiotherapy (Ibadan), Presently a Principal Physiotherapist with University of Abuja teaching hospital Abuja, department of Physiotherapy with 12 years experience , Aliyu Emmanuel is currently the head of unit of Women’s health (O&G) unit and the Health promotion unit of the department of Physiotherapy, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja. He is the secretary of the sports development committee of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja mandated with the responsibilities of maintaining a healthy workforce of the hospital community. He holds a Bachelors of Physiotherapy (BPT) degree in Physiotherapy from Bayero University Kano and a Master of Science (MSc) degree with specialization in Orthopaedics and sports physiotherapy from the University of Ibadan. He is also a PhD candidate of the department of Physiotherapy, University of Ibadan.
Contact me at:
The department of physiotherapy , University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja.
Email : shalomemmy@gmail.com
Mobile:+2348036080677.




Mr Ifeanyi Oti - Asst Public Relations Officer

IFEANYI OTI is a senior Physiotherapist with University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH), Port Harcourt,Rivers State.
His specialty area is Neuro-Physiotherapy and has attended a couple of workshops and conferences with continuous professional development in that area.
He is also an inspirational writer/conference speaker, teacher and preacher of God’s word. As a believer and disciple of Jesus Christ, his sole target is to stand as a light and signpost pointing men to the kingdom of God!
He is currently the National Assistant PRO of the Nigeria Physiotherapy Association (NPTA).
He is happily married to Mrs Chioma Oti, and the union is currently blessed with a son, Dominion.




Mr Ernest Anikwe - Auditor

He is an M.Sc holder in Orthopaedics and Sports Physiotherapy and is currently a senior Physiotherapist at the University College Hospital Ibadan. Anikwe Ernest is a lover of physiotherapy with special interest in spine pathology management. He has fortified himself with advance trainings in this area and has been known for positive results. He was one of the 2 postgraduate students in Physiotherapy who distinguished themselves and were honoured by the University of Lagos with the prestigious “Teaching Assistantship Award”. He is a lover of peace and a leader with exemplary life style.




Dr. Adesola C. Odole – Chairman, Scientific Council

Dr. Adesola Christiana Odole is presently a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and honorary consultant in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. She was formerly a Chief Physiotherapist at University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. She is also the Deputy Course Director (Administration), Biomedical Education Programme, University of Ibadan. She has over 27 years of physiotherapy clinical practice and specializes in the management of orthopaedic conditions/musculoskeletal conditions. She obtained a Ph.D in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy in 2007 and MSc. degree in Biomedical education in 2011. She made significant contribution to the development of a Nigerian environment and culture friendly measuring tool (first indigenous measuring tool in Nigeria) for the assessment of therapeutic interventions in individuals with osteoarthritis of the knee/hip. She is a reviewer of many local and international journals and she has over 60 scientific publications in reputable journals. She has made several presentations at local and international conferences and recently won an award of the best presenter (Rapid 5 category) at the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists 2016 Conference, Glasgow. A significant proportionof her research efforts has been geared towards health outcomes assessment, epidemiology and intervention of major musculoskeletal conditions especially osteoarthritis, spinal pain and musculoskeletal pain. She is also involved in physiotherapy education and tele-physiotherapy/tele-health research.



PT. Adeboye E. Adelowokan – Chairman, Administrative Council

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Mr Rotibi Babatola - Awards council

Rotibi graduated from University of Lagos in 1978.

-  He was a former board member of MRTBN.
-  One time lecturer in ABUTH School of Health Information Management, Zaria.
-  Retired HOD/Asst Director ABUTH Zaria.
-  Receiver of ICEN Leadership Award (USA)for Professional Development.
-  Also has PGD in HIV/AIDS Education & Management.
-  A Baptist, a former Director of Baptist Mens’ Fellowship, Member of Health Committee and former Chairman, Building Committe ( UEBC, kaduna)
-  Presently, he is the Clinical Director, Cardinal Physiotherapy & Medical Rehabilitation Clinic, Kaduna.

Rotibi is a golfer,an athelete and a lover of technology. He is happily married , blessed with children and grand children.




Prof. Babatunde O. A. Adegoke- Chairman, Publication Council

Babatunde O.A. Adegoke, PhD is a lecturer in the Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. The University of Ibadan (popularly known as UI) which is Nigeria’s premier University was founded in 1948 and situated in the ancient city of Ibadan which is 120km away from Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital. The Physiotherapy training programme of the University of Ibadan is the first University-based Physiotherapy training programme in West Africa.
Babatunde holds a B.Sc (Physiotherapy) degree from the University of Ibadan, M.Sc in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Pittsburgh, USA and PhD in Orthopaedic, Sports & Recreational Physiotherapy from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with research interests in musculoskeletal disorders especially of the back and knee, and providing evidence for the efficacy of physiotherapy interventions especially in musculoskeletal disorders. He has served as external examiner to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within and outside Nigeria. He is also a reviewer to many journals within and outside Nigeria. He has over 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals locally and internationally. He is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow.




Dr. Blessing N. Jonathan- Chairman, Congress and Internalization Council

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Dr Nneamaka Philomena Abanum – Chairman, Ethics and Quality Control Assurance Council council

Dr. Abanum is the Chief physiotherapist of Delta State(equivalent of Director of Physiotherapy in the federal government service)/ HOD at the department of physiotherapy, central hospital, Warri, under the Delta state hospitals management board, Asaba, Delta State Nigeria. She qualified as a physiotherapist from the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife, Nigeria (1982). She is also a holder of a doctor of physical therapy (DPT) degree from the University of Michigan-Flint, USA.
She is a specialist in functional capacity evaluation. She is a very prolific individual having worked and served humanity in many capacities some of which include; locum staff (Shell Petrochemicals clinic, Warri), consultant physiotherapist (Chevron Hospital, Warri), Member (MRTBN Board), Board Chairperson (Anglican Girl’s grammar school Asaba Alumni worldwide association [AGGSAWA]). As a passionate Nigerian physiotherapist, she has selflessly served the Nigerian professional body in many capacities in the past such as state vice chairperson, National PRO, National VP, National financial secretary, chairperson of various National standing committees, constitution review committee and many others.
Dr. Abanum is a pastor at the freedom ministries international (AKA Jubilee centre), Warri, Nigeria. She proudly owns her own private practice (Place of His Power physiotherapy clinic), Effurun, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. She is happily married with children and a proud grandmother and her main hobby is to make other people happy.




Dr Kayode Israel Oke - Director Of Youth and Student Affairs

Dr. Kayode Oke is currently a Senior Lecturer and Head of Physiotherapy Department at the College of Medical Sciences of the University of Benin.

•  He pioneered the commencement of degree training in Physiotherapy at the University of Benin. He had his first degree in Physiotherapy from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria and went ahead to posses his Master and doctorate degrees from the University of Benin.
•  Dr. Oke has over 24years of clinical practice and research experience. His research interest areas focus on muscular actions, biomechanics and kinematics associated with human movement, pathomechanics of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal disabilities, and issues related to rehabilitation of musculoskeletal system dysfunctions with movement difficulty or inability, in apparently healthy and people with disease conditions.
•  He has many published research articles in high impact peer review journals, and has also published two (2) books which focus on novel clinical findings and issues on musculoskeletal system dysfunctions and rehabilitation in both apparently healthy and disease conditions.
•  He has contributed to sports development in Nigeria as a sport physiotherapist who has participated at all levels of sporting events (National sports events, all African games, Commonwealth and Olympic games) as a member of medical teams in different countries.
•  Dr. Oke has also researched into patterns of sports injuries and factors responsible for enhanced sporting performance.
•  He has also been part of many local and international professional meetings, conferences and workshops as a participant, Lead Speaker and or resource person.
•  Kayode Oke belongs to many professional and research bodies which include the Medical Rehabilitation Therapist Board of Nigeria, Nigeria Physiotherapy Association, Physiological Society of Nigeria. He is also the Edo State Zonal Coordinator of the Society for the Study of Pain, Nigeria (SSPN), which is an affiliate of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
•  He has consistently served as one of the very few Nigerians in the conference papers reviewers’ board for the World Confederation for Physical Therapy in the last ten years. •Kayode Oke has been awarded locally and internationally including award from his alma mater, Department of Medical Rehabilitation of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, as a “Distinguished Alumnus” in 2007 and has also won many other awards for his exemplary contributions and impacts to the growth of physiotherapy and sports development in Nigeria.
•  He was the Vice Chancellor prize winner, as the “Faculty Best Research Presenter”, of the 2nd edition of the University of Benin Annual Research day programme. He Chairs a number of important Faculty Standing Committees and is also a member of University standing Committees at the University of Benin.
•  Dr. Oke is a well travelled man who has participated many international professional meetings and conferences in different parts of the world. He is devout Christian and President of Men Fellowship group of a large Christian province assembly.



Dr. Teslim A. Onigbinde- Director Consortium for Advanced Leadership and Mentorship Training Programme

Department of Medical Rehab.
Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences,
Obafemi Awolowo University, lle-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
(a)Email:ayotesonigbinde@yahoo.co.uk
(b)Mobile Phone Number:+2348062587784

Academic/professional qualifications with dates:
(a) Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (BMR) in Physiotherapy 1990
(b)MEd Exercise Physiology 2001
(c) PhD Human kinetics 2010

Major thrust: Rehabilitative pharmacotherapeutics(Pharmacophysiotherapy)