Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu

Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, the First Lady of Kebbi State, is a Consultant Paediatrician and an advocate for women’s health, with a particular focus on cancer.

Early Education

Dr. Bagudu obtained her MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine) from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria then went on to specialize in Paediatrics and Neonatology in the United Kingdom. She has a Masters in Paediatrics, a Diploma in Tropical Child Health and is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Service to Humanity

During the course of her work, she received unending requests for humanitarian assistance, which eventually inspired her to found her own NGO, the Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF). MCF creates awareness on health matters, trains health workers, and funds the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients in Nigeria. Over the last four years, the foundation has raised over 100 million naira for the treatment and support of cancer patients. See more on medicaid cancer foundation for further details.

Work & Business Experience

Dr. Bagudu has served on many technical committees including the steering committee for the National Cancer Control plan, and a Ministerial committee to build world-class diagnostic centres in six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu has since joined the board of Directors of Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) after contesting and winning the election at the 2018 World Cancer Congress in Malaysia, thereby becoming the first Nigerian to win the position. As First Lady of Kebbi State, Dr. Bagudu is a passionate and active advocate for women, children and youth in Nigeria. Her programs cut across various aspects of development such as health, education and women empowerment.