Nursing & Midwifery

Chief Kofoworola Abeni Pratt, 1915-1992

Display No. 97

Chief Kofoworola Abeni Pratt was a pioneer in many ways. From Nigeria, she was the first black student to attend the Nightingale Training School for Nurses (1946-1949) even though her father disapproved of her career choice. She was the first black nurse to work for the NHS and was based at Evelina and St Thomas’ Hospitals.

She returned to Nigeria in 1954 to follow in Nightingale’s footsteps by establishing a nursing school in 1965 which laid the foundations of modern nursing in Nigeria today. During this same time, she also became Chief Nursing Officer for Nigeria and the first black woman to become Vice Presenident of the International Council of Nurses.

‘ ‘An African ‘Florence Nightingale’ – a biography of Chief (Dr) Mrs Kofoworola A. Pratt’ by Dr Justus A. Akinsanya

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