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Seeing the World as a Network

by on October 10, 2013

I am back from vacation and back online. This week I want to introduce you to Samson Olukayode Bamidele, the Project’s lead for Nigeria, based in Abuja. He joined the MEASURE Evaluation team in 2009. He started his career 20 years earlier (1989) as the Senior MIS/M&E Officer with a government-owned World Bank-assisted project. Then for 15 years he started and developed the MIS department of the Christian Health Association of Nigeria (CHAN). CHAN is a network of Church-sponsored organizations responsible for about 40% of health care delivery services in Nigeria. Through his work at CHAN he contributed to the development of the National Health Management Information System (NHMIS). Between CHAN and MEASURE Evaluation, Samson worked for FHI (now FHI360).

Samson studied statistics at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria; and postgraduate computer science and information technology at the Federal University of Technology, Minna and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, in Bauchi, Nigeria. Samson was instrumental in one of our recent major accomplishments – a directory of health facilities throughout Nigeria (Africa’s most populace country).

Born into a polygamous family, Samson has 20 siblings (he is #4). His father was in the military, so Samson grew up in barracks for some of his childhood, and at one time he wanted to become a general. He and his wife have 5 children of their own: one girl and four boys. Samson likes to read and travel. As part of a military family, he has lived in many parts of Nigeria, and has visited all of Nigeria’s states. He once drove across four African countries in five days. He speaks five languages.

I don’t want to make a habit of talking about look-alikes, but I couldn’t resist this one. Samson bears a close resemblance to the actor Djimon Hounsou (Gladiator, Blood Diamond). Guess which is which.


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