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Doyin Okupe Biography
Adedoyin Ajibike Okupe better known as Dr. Doyin Okupe, was born on 22 March 1952.
He is a Nigerian physician and politician who co-founded Royal Cross Medical Centre and was the National Publicity Secretary of National Republican Convention (NRC).
He was once detained under General Sani Abacha, and subsequently disqualified from participating in United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) primaries; later on, he was a governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.
Early Life and Education
Doyin Okupe, was Born on 22 March 1952 in Iperu in Ogun State of Nigeria, Okupe is the son of Chief Matthew Adekoya Okupe, who was a banker with Agbonmagbe Bank.
His brothers are Kunle Okupe, Owo Okupe, Wemi Okupe and Larry Okupe, and his sisters are Aina Okanlawon and Bisola Ayeni.
He attended St. Jude’s School in Ebute Metta, Lagos, Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos and the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Doyin Okupe Career
Although Doyin Okupe is a medical doctor, he is also active in party politics. He was also once a publisher of a health newspaper called Life Mirror.
Doyin Okupe worked for some years for government and private hospitals, including St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, before establishing the Royal Cross Medical Centre (also known as Royal Cross Hospital) in Obalende, Lagos, along with his colleagues, Dr. Seyi Roberts and Dr. Ladi Okuboyejo. He was the Managing Director (MD) of Royal Cross Medical Centre.
According to Olusegun Osoba in a July 2019 interview with The Nation (Nigeria), on the night of 23 August 1994, Okupe and Dr. Seyi Roberts saved the life of his gatekeeper from a gunshot wound to the head.
During the Second Nigerian Republic, Okupe was a House of Representatives candidate of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in the 1983 Nigerian parliamentary election.
In the Third Nigerian Republic, Okupe became the National Publicity Secretary of the National Republican Convention (NRC).
He was one of the representatives of the NRC that observed the collation of the 1993 Nigerian presidential election results at the headquarters of the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
The General Sani Abacha military government detained Okupe on 3 October 1996.
Later on, in March 1998, during the aborted transition programme of Abacha, he was among the politicians who were disqualified from participating in United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) primaries.
At the advent of the current Fourth Nigerian Republic, Okupe was appointed Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Later on, in 2002, he was one of the governorship aspirants of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) primaries in Ogun State, and was a major contender along with Gbenga Daniel.
In 2012, President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Okupe as his Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs.
Doyin Okupe was publicist at various times to Nigerian presidential aspirants of the PDP, including President Olusegun Obasanjo, President Goodluck Jonathan, Bukola Saraki and Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
In July 2017, he announced his decision to leave the PDP to join the Accord Party, but for accepting to be the Chairman of the Campaign Media Council of Bukola Saraki for the 2019 presidential primaries of the PDP, the Accord Party expelled him in September 2018.
He subsequently returned to the PDP, and became a spokesman of the Presidential Campaign Organisation of Atiku Abubakar, the PDP candidate for president in the 2019 Nigerian presidential election.
Doyin Okupe is married to Aduralere Okupe. One of their sons is Ditan Okupe.
While Doyin Okupe supported the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 Nigerian General Election, his son Ditan supported Muhammadu Buhari.
In May 2020, it was reported that Doyin Okupe and his wife, Aduralere tested positive to COVID-19 on 23 April 2020 and have recovered.
In January 2021, his other son, Bolu Okupe, based in Paris, came out as gay on his Instagram page.
Doyin Okupe Net Worth
Doyin Okupe is a popular Nigerian Politician. He has an estimated net worth of $5 millions.