Doctors in Arts Movement

~ Dr. Olufemi Omololu

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Dr. OLUFEMI OMOLOLU

A third-generation medical doctor of the Omololu family of Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria, Dr Femi Omololu has always had a keen interest in the arts and has written general topical articles for some magazines and newspapers. Despite his busy schedules, he regularly finds time to write and publish notes across his social media pages and hang out with his folks.

When he approached us to help him publish his anthology which he created from several pieces he had written over the years, he had no idea what magic was about to happen. From partnering with him publishing his book to planning its lunch, the idea of turning birthing a movement from his passion crystallised and Boom! … that movement is a reality today.

Dr Omololu’s Life on the Strand is a chronological anthology which transcends the reader into a life expedition with some seemingly familiar scenes. The intricate word play provokes deep thoughts on the fragility of our existence. It also displays the pleasures of the ride of life as the underlying question of purpose is asked.

We compiled Dr. Omololu’s poems, edited them, and produced an exquisite design for the book. We also created an audiobook, published the work across digital platforms, and created a website from which perspective buyers could place their orders for it. Then we helped to plan and execute the Book Launch which had in attendance the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr (Mrs) Ibijoke Claudina Sanwo-Olu (also a doctor herself); the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; and many other dignitaries across the nation.

The Book Launch featured an array of art performances from different medical professionals and marked the birth of the Doctors in Arts Movement. The DIA Movement (www.doctorsinarts.com) is championing the call for doctors to pay attention to their wellbeing by engaging in rest, relaxation, and recreation – benefits which are easily obtained by exploring arts. Arts also help doctors to do more with their lives than medicine and surgery in order to experience a deeper sense of fulfilment.

Dr Olufemi Omololu is a graduate of the University of Ibadan. He had his specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, and is currently the Medical Director at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital.

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