Of Brain Surgery and the Love of Money: Professor Temidayo Shokunbi and the rest of us

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Professor Temidayo Shokunbi was believably flown into the glittering city of Abuja from his humble base at the University Collge Hospital, Ibadan, to attend to the power-biking son of the Nigerian President named Yusuf, who suffered a brain injury and leg fracture after a biking accident.

Very recently in an interview, President Muhammad Buhari opined that every body loves money. This may not be the case with Professor Shokunbi or he would not have remained in Ibadan when a neurosurgeon of his standing and expertise earns at least a million Dollars yearly in the United States. A one Million Dollar salary translates to about 440 million naira per anum! I think it is only Nigerian vice Chancellors who earn up to 12 million naira per year.

This might suggest that Professor Shokunbi earns less than 12 million naira per anum.
This is a lesson to Professor Shokunbi’s contemporaries outside the country, as well as his juniors and his students.

The evidence from science shows that happiness which is intricately linked with the love of money is about ME. It is about TAKING and SELFISHNESS. It is about the PRESENT. Whereas Meaningfulness is about WE. It is about GIVING. Meaningfulness is about the past and the future.

The Evidence from Science shows that we are not in this world to be Happy. Science suggests the meaningful life is the path worth taking.

As to the American Neurosurgeons, I urge them to be scientific. None of them need this million dollar pay packet. Neurosurgeons do not earn that much in socialist Cuba or developing India, yet they still do world class neurosurgical operations, so why should the United States be different. Bamu Bamu mo ti yo emi o mo eni kan kan this seems to be the current position of the lot of the neurosurgeons in the United states. I wish they would shed this Million Dollar toga and learn from the likes of Professor Temidayo Shokunbi, one of the less than 50 in Nigeria serving a staggering 192 million people.

Written by
Augustine Togonu-Bickersteth
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