February 11, (THEWILL) – Last month, rather than throw a loud and crowded party, prominent businessman and socialite, Fola Adeola, chose to celebrate his 70th birthday by unveiling a cutting-edge medical facility in Victoria Island.
Joined by his wife, Hajara; Toyin Saraki, wife of former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; his co-investor, Fola Laoye and the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Adeola formally declared the new hospital open.
The hospital, a part of Iwosan Lagoon Hospitals, an arm of Iwosan Health Investment Company, aims to revolutionise the healthcare sector and address the challenge of medical tourism by delivering top-notch services.
The new medical facility is poised to provide a wide range of services, including open-heart surgery, bariatric surgery, urology, neurology, critical emergency care, and more.
The launch of the medical facility follows the acquisition of the Lagoon Hospitals Group, a leading hospital operator in Nigeria, by Iwosan Investments nearly two years ago. Under Adeola, this acquisition led to the rebranding of Lagoon Hospitals to Iwosan Lagoon Hospitals which is expected to redefine the medical landscape, enhance clinical services, and provide a boost to healthcare accessibility in Nigeria.
In 2011, Iwosan Lagoon Hospitals became the first hospital in sub-Saharan Africa to attain the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International (JCI). The hospital group has facilities across six locations in Nigeria, thereby becoming one of the largest private tertiary healthcare providers in West Africa.
An accomplished man by all standards, Adeola, a co-founder and chairman of Iwosan Investments and founder of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc, wears multiple hats. He chairs Main One Cable Company Limited, which operates West Africa’s first open-access submarine cable. Additionally, he serves as Chairman of FATE Foundation. He also heads the boards of Arm Holdings, Lotus Capital, Eterna Oil, CardinalStone Partners Limited, UTC, Credit Registry Services.
Adeola served as a member of the Global Advisory Committee on Philanthropy of the World Economic Forum for four years. In 2001, he was invited to join twenty-four other business leaders for the Aspen Institute ISIB Annual Business Leaders Dialogue in Aspen, Colorado. In May 2004, he was appointed Commissioner on the Commission for Africa by the British Prime Minister Tony Blair.