Dr. Tomi Coker hails from Abeokuta, the illustrious capital of Ogun State. She was born on the 29th of March, 1967 in Washington DC, United States of America to Chief Michael Olufemi Coker (The Bada of Egbaland) and Mrs Mopelola Coker (Nee Akibo of Itoko) who were members of the Federal Diplomatic Corps at the time of her birth. Her father was a prominent businessman who hails from the distinguished Jibolu-Taiwo dynasty of Egbaland while her mother is a retired educationist.
Dr. Coker had her early education at Home Science Primary School in Ikoyi, Lagos and later proceeded to Government College Ojo, Lagos. She studied Medicine at the prestigious University of Ibadan and had her Housemanship at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan. She observed her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) at the First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Ikoyi, Lagos before she commenced her specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr Coker trained at several prestigious Teaching Hospitals in London, including St Mary’s Paddington and Queen Charlotte Hospital respectively. In pursuit of her professional career, Dr Tomi Coker underwent her Fetal Medicine training at Kings College Hospital, London under the globally renowned Professor Kypros Nicolaides. In 2003, Dr Coker was appointed as a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. She later became the lead female Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the hospital. After a sterling sixteen years of garnering surgical skills, she rose to the post of a Clinical Director.
Dr Tomi Coker has a passion for promoting female well-being globally, hence her role as the Vice-Chair of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology-Nigeria Liaison Group, which collaborates with local professional bodies in advocacy and the promotion of women’s health in developing countries with a focus on Africa. She also has a keen interest in Clinical Governance and Risk.
As part of her annual charitable causes, she has been on several mission trips to various states in Nigeria, successfully deploying birth kits to several women in rural communities, to support the effort in reducing Maternal Mortality rate in Nigeria. She was also involved in general medicine screening of people in the rural areas to promote good general health. All these, she quietly practiced for well over fifteen years.
Dr. Coker is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She is also an alumnus of Leadership Training in Healthcare Management at Harvard Business School, USA.
She has a penchant for the outdoors and she successfully hiked to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
Dr. Tomi Cokers is currently the Honorable Commissioner for Health in Ogun State.