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BRIEF HISTORY

The Department of Otorhinolaryngology, University of Nigeria, came into existence in 1974 after the Senate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, gave approval for its establishment. Before then, it was a unit in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Anyaegbunam administered the unit in the hospital  from 1955 – 1974 as the pioneer Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon. Prof. Benson C. Okafor, who would later become the doyen of Otorhinolaryngology in Nigeria, joined the Department as a Senior Training Fellow (Senior Registrar) on the 3rd of July 1973. He was appointed a Consultant ENT Surgeon in 1974, and by 1st October 1983 became a Professor of Otorhinolaryngology – the first indigenous Professor of Otorhinolaryngology in Nigeria.

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