Dr. Mrs  Ibijoke Eyitemi Akinola is a trail blazer in the field of Dentistry. She has made sterling contributions to the promotion of health care in Rivers State and beyond. She has used her knowledge, experience and talents to impact the lives of many by organized free dental outreaches to over 1000 primary and secondary school students in Nigeria.

An indigene of Delta State, Dr. Ibijoke schooled at Fieldcrest International High School, Warri, Delta State where she obtained her West African School Certificate (WASC) and the National Examination Council (NECO) Certificate in 2000 in flying colours.

She proceeded to the prestigious University of Ghana where she graduated with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2010. Her exemplary leadership skills, moral uprightness and excellence in her undergraduate degree programme was recognized as she became a recipient of the 2010 University of Ghana Dental Student Association Award.

Dr. Akinola is full of professional experience. She worked as a dentist at Government Dental and Maxillofacial Hospital, Port Harcourt (2010-2012), Finima Health Center, Bonny Island, Rivers State (2012-2013) and Locum Dentist at the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Ltd (SPDC) in 2013. She currently works as a Dental Surgeon at the True Smiles Dental Clinic Limited, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She has occupied this position since 2014.

She is also the Executive Director of Your Smile Our Pleasure (YSOP) Initiative, Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The YSOP Initiative organizes dental outreaches across Nigeria.

Dr. Mrs Ibijoke Eyitemi Akinola is a registered member of the Nigerian Dental Association and the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.

She is happily married. Her hobbies include community volunteer services, sports and motivational speaking.

It is in recognition of his contribution to national development in the sphere of Dentistry that Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Eytemi Akinola is deemed worthy to be conferred with the 2019 Woman of Merit Gold Award.