Nigerian Professor Elected First Black Member of IFFS


A Nigerian Professor with a specialty in Reproductive Endocrinology, Oladapo Ashiru, has been elected into the executive council of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS). Following his election, Ashiru becomes the Secretary General of the New Jersey, United States-based IFFS.


The revered IVF specialist said that he is the first Black person to be elected into the executive council of the August global body. Ashiru, alongside his then research partner, Prof. Giwa Osato-Osagie, had teamed up to give Africa its first IVF baby.

Ashiru has since become the Founder of the Medical Art Centre, an in-vitro fertility specialist clinic.

Speaking after his election, “For over two decades, my staff and I have enjoyed the unique privilege of helping couples fulfill their dreams of creating a family of their own through the diagnosis and treatment of infertility.

“The experience acquired both nationally and internationally over a 36-year period since 1981 in terms of applied clinical research and clinical work in reproductive endocrinology, infertility and IVF, have been of tremendous benefit for the programme.”

Findings revealed that the IFFS is a Non-State Actor which promotes and develops educational initiatives in the field of reproductive health in support of the World Health Organization's aims and objectives and the renewed focus and prioritization the WHO has given to infertility as a disease.