Undercover investigation and Nigeria fake doctors

I first learnt of Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his amazing work as a Ghanian investigative journalist last year. His Tedtalk ‘How I named, shamed and jailed’  has plenty of stories that most people from West African can relate to. 

Checking briefly to see if Anas Aremeyaw Anas has done any work in Nigeria as I knew too well that we have a lot more in common than joloff rice. In the clip below is Anas and his team exposing Nigeria fake doctors, as shocking as it seems, sadly it’s the reality for many people both in the city and rural areas.

Many people in rural Nigeria rely heavily on what we called ‘ Sokingbo’ ‘bush doctors’ A lot of these guys are trained nurses with lots of experience, some admittedly are lifesavers – they do their best and would do referrals to hospitals for health issues they don’t fully understand or unable to treat.

Also, as can be seen in the video here, some are just plain criminals whose primary aim was to dupe poor and uninformed patients – many of these guys work in our midst and go undetected for years.

At 13:43 – is Dr Sapele pouncing on the poor patient (undercover journalist) in the name of abdominal examination – the label Quack Doctors fits in perfectly.

It is a situation that I have heard too many times, people being diagnosed of malaria when the problem is something completely unrelated, many times it is too late before the patient and family realise they had falling into the hand of a quack doctor.

Three minutes from 10:00 to 13:43 sums it all up.


I hope Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his company goes from strength to strength – I believe dealing with social and moral issues in our society today can only be properly tackled with ordinary folks playing their part.

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12 replies

  1. I listened to BBC’s ‘The Fifth Floor’ – presented by David Amanor, yesterday – this is how I heard of ‘Anas’. Ghana’s number 1, undercover journalist who goes to extraordinary lengths to uncover malpractice and crime in society.
    I read this and article and see he has cast his eyes to Nigeria.

    What disturbed me most is that, these quack doctors – have no hesitation about messing with people’s lives, that could possibly result in death or permanent injury. I’ve been reading a lot of material about starting your own business and the emphasis in the West is ‘adding value to a service’, ie giving the customer more than what they bargained for. In Nigeria it seems the opposite is nearer the truth ie giving as little as possible and charging as much as you can. This sentiment is all too common there, and the results of this attitude can be seen in the wider society.

    Sapele won’t be on my list of ‘must see places’ going by the video…

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    • That’s right, no hesitation whatsoever and they do mess up with people’s lives a lot and got away with it except when jungle justice is served.

      My niece in Lagos was diagnosed with parkinson a few years back, the quack said she has to purchase her meds from his practice, my sister was worried about the life long illness, I was sceptical about the diagnosis. After going to 4 more clinics, the quack was the only one to say she had parkinson. It turned out that the poor girl has been really stressed out being first year in med school and also had developed ulcer.

      Several months later my sister called to say the quack was mobbed and dragged on the street, a patient died during surgery before family of the victim realised the doc neither qualify nor had required facilities for the work he did…

      Nigeria is definitely a bigger market for Anas…


  2. Hi Fola, it is a problem indeed. Unfortunately, here, even some of our real doctors are quacks.

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  3. It is sad when there are quack doctors. Scary too as you never know who is real or fake. I do empathise with Nigerians and remind me of blessings in my little red dot where we have properly registered doctors and surgeons that people from all over the world come to in seek of specialist treatment.

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