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Interview Date: 10/20/2016

Public health consultant Dr. Arese Ukpoma Carrington was born on July 16, 1958 to Dora and Elisha Ukponmwan. Her great-great-grandfather, Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, ruled the kingdom of Benin from 1888 to 1897. Carrington was separated from her father during the Biafran Civil War, six years after Nigeria gained its independence from Great Britain in 1960, but reunited later. His mantra, “defend the defenseless,” inspired Carrington’s own public health career.

In 1980, Carrington earned her M.D. degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She briefly served as a medical officer for the Nigerian Airports Authority, before establishing a private practice. In 1986, she founded Goldline Limited, a commercial company providing consulting and promotional services to multinational companies and foreign non-profits. She founded Health and Medical Services that same year to consult on issues of preventive healthcare in the workplace. In 1995, Carrington married U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter C. Carrington, and the couple moved to the United States two years later. Carrington enrolled in a master’s program at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she studied in the Department of Population and International Health. She was elected by classmates there as a Class Marshal and was chosen by Harvard as the graduate orator, representing all of Harvard’s graduate schools, at the university’s commencement ceremony in 2000. After graduating, Carrington became associate director of government relations and community programs for Harvard’s AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN), helping to secure the largest health grant the school had received up until that time, from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also authored “Malaria in Nigeria,” published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Harvard Health Policy Review. Carrington’s experience at APIN led to her work for the Pan African Health Foundation in 2004, which successfully partnered with the Nigerian government to establish an auto-disable syringe factory in Port Harcourt. In 2006, she and her husband founded Africana Consultants USA to advise on issues of public health and investment promotion. She delivered the inaugural lecture on “The Female imperative in the New Africa,” at the University of Benin’s Eminent person Lecture series in 2015.

Carrington served as vice president of the board of directors of the United Nations Association of Greater Boston. As a Visiting Committee member for the arts of Asia, Oceania and Africa at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, she facilitated the development of the Benin Kingdom Gallery. She has also served on the Trustees Advisory Board of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Newton Human Rights Lifetime Achievement award, Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation, and the Massachusetts House of Representatives Official Citation in recognition of being a life-long advocate of Human Rights.

Carrington and her husband live in Newton, Massachusetts. They have two children, Temisan Oyowe-Carrington and Thomas Carrington.

Dr. Arese Carrington was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on October 20, 2016.

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