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Freeman Olamide Osonuga is a Nigerian doctor, humanitarian and international public speaker.
He gained recognition in 2014 when he volunteered as part of the African Union response team, during the Ebola virus epidemic in Sierra Leone, for which he received a Time Magazine Person of the Year recognition in 2014 as part of the Ebola Fighters.
In 2015, he was shortlisted alongside two other young leaders to win a trip to space organised by Kruger Crowne and One Young World, which would have made him the first Nigerian to go to space.
Osonuga was born in Ijebu – Ode, Ogun State to father Olaide Thomas Osonuga, a taxi driver and mother Morenike Osonuga a petty trader. He studied medicine and surgery at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun state, Nigeria.
While at University, in 2010 Osonuga founded a non-profit organisation called Heal the World Foundation Nigeria to cater for children with disabilities, orphans and the less-privileged.
In 2014 Osonuga was selected among 200 Nigerian doctors deployed on a six-month medical humanitarian mission to Sierra Leone in the wake of the Ebola epidemic. From the 157 patients admitted to Osonuga’s group’s care, a total of 101 patients survived, which was a survival rate of over 64 percent.
In 2016, Freeman Osonuga founded the Adloyalty Business Network an independent Real Estate Network Marketing platform where he serves as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer.
He also set up another property firm Adloyalty Properties and Delivery Man NG, a delivery logistics solutions start up.
Awards and recognitions:
2013 – One Young World Ambassador
2013 – Top Ten Outstanding Young Persons In Nigeria
2014 – TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year
2015 – WIRED Innovation Fellow, UK
2015 – Finalist, Kruger Cowne Rising Star Space Programme
2015 – Presidential Meritorious Service Award (Sierra Leone)
2017 – 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians