Stella Adedavoh: The woman who saved Nigeria from Ebola

Stella Adedavoh: The woman who saved Nigeria from Ebola


She asked him about his birthday presents and insisted his dad buy him a cake, after all, what’s a birthday without cake?

Not long after that call she was dead.

This is just one of the scenes in the Nigerian drama film “93 days” that portrays Adadevoh’s caring and motherly nature, even during her dying moments.

It was this care and heroism that helped prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa’s most populous country in 2014.

“93 Days”, which premiered in Lagos Tuesday, is one of the eight Nigerian films selected for the Toronto International Film Festival. It tells the true life story of Adadevoh, played by veteran Nigerian actress Bimbo Akintola, and the medical team at First Consultant Medical Center whose quick actions saved countless lives

Adadevoh led the team who oversaw the treatment of Patrick Sawyer, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in Nigeria. She stopped Sawyer from leaving the hospital to board a flight to Calabar in southern Nigeria.

Adadevoh also provided staff with relevant information about the virus, procured protective gear and quickly contacted relevant officials.

Eight people in Nigeria, including Adadevoh, later died.

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The film sold out at a screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and has struck a chord with Nigerians for showing how quickly and effectively the virus was contained.

“It shed a good light on Nigeria to the world,” said Edewor Ajueshi, who watched the film at the Lagos premiere. “It was a world crisis at a point … and we were able to contain it … it’s a good thing to put it out there so the world can understand that we are also good for some other things too.”

There was some controversy surrounding the film when a letter, claiming to be from the family of the late doctor, was released saying that the filmmakers did not have the family’s consent or backing.

The producers issued a statement saying that the film is not a biopic of the late doctor, but a story that “celebrates many heroes of the fight against Ebola.”

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The portrayal of heroism, selflessness and sacrifice in the film is creating a buzz among Nigerians who often complain that their country is portrayed in a negative light.

“What is spread outside [is] that Nigerians are really selfish,” said Taiye Opatewa, who also watched the film. “She [Adadevoh] is just the epitome of a typical Nigerian woman who would want to do all she can for her younger ones… “

“The picture of Nigeria outside is really, really bad…but this film shows the light that comes out.”



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Thick smoke rises over the New York City skyline after the World Trade Center towers were downed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Nineteen men hijacked four passenger planes that day in an attack orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Two of the planes were intentionally crashed into the two World Trade Center towers. Another crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks


Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Thick smoke rises over the New York City skyline after the World Trade Center towers were downed by terrorists on September 11, 2001. Nineteen men hijacked four passenger planes that day in an attack orchestrated by al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Two of the planes were intentionally crashed into the two World Trade Center towers. Another crashed into the Pentagon. The fourth crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

In this image taken from video, American Airlines Flight 11 is seen seconds before crashing into the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. ET. It was the first plane that hit the World Trade Center. Flight 11 took off from Boston and was scheduled to fly to Los Angeles.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

People in New York look up as the World Trade Center burns.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Fire and smoke are seen from the north tower.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Seventeen minutes after the north tower was struck, at 9:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the south tower of the World Trade Center. That plane also flew out of Boston en route to Los Angeles.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

People in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral react with horror as they look down Fifth Avenue toward the World Trade Center site.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Pedestrians look across the East River to the burning towers.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Surveillance video from a Pentagon security camera shows a fireball rising from the southwestern side of the building after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it at 9:37 a.m. The flight had taken off from Dulles, Virginia, en route to Los Angeles.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Firefighters try to control the flames at the Pentagon.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney talks on the phone from inside the President’s Emergency Operations Center.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

The south tower of the World Trade Center collapsed at 9:59 a.m.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

People run as the building collapses.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Two men take cover as a dust cloud from the collapsed building envelops lower Manhattan.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

At 10:03 a.m., United Airlines Flight 93 — traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco — crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is believed that the hijackers crashed the plane in that location, rather than their unknown target, after the passengers and crew tried to retake control of the flight deck.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Military vehicles travel along the road leading to the crash site of Flight 93.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Bush speaks to Cheney aboard Air Force One after departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. He had flown to Nebraska temporarily for security reasons.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

The north tower of the World Trade Center collapsed at 10:28 a.m. The time between the first attack and the collapse of both towers was 102 minutes.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

A massive cloud of smoke and debris fills lower Manhattan after the north tower crumbled.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

New York Daily News photographer David Handschuh is carried after his leg was shattered by falling debris.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

A New York firefighter pauses as smoke rises in the background.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Dust-covered survivors run through New York’s streets after the towers collapsed.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

People in New York navigate through a dust cloud.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Members of the U.S. Congress gather on the east steps of Capitol Hill and sing “God Bless America” to denounce the terrorist attacks.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Dust, ash and rubble covers everything on a street in lower Manhattan.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Remains of the World Trade Center are seen amid the debris.

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

Bush prepares to address the nation on the evening of September 11. “Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America,” he said in his remarks. “These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.”

Timeline of the September 11 attacks

People in New York gather for a candlelight vigil a day after the attacks.



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