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Dr. Arese Carrington

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Healthcare Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Plantain
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Defend The Defenseless.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1958
Birth Location:
Lagos,

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Healthcare Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Plantain
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Warm
Favorite Quote:
Defend The Defenseless.

Birthplace

Born:
7/16/1958
Birth Location:
Lagos
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Biography

Public health consultant Dr. Arese Ukpoma Carrington was born on July 16, 1958 in Lagos, Nigeria to Dora and Elisha Ukponmwan. Her great-great-grandfather, Oba Ovonramwen Nogbaisi, was the ruler of Benin from 1888 to 1897. Carrington and her mother were separated from her father during the Biafran Civil War, but the family later reunited. Carrington earned her M.D. degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1980.

Carrington 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 also founded Health and Medical Services that same year to consult on issues of preventive healthcare in the workplace. 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. Graduating in 2000, she was chosen as the graduate orator at the commencement ceremony. Carrington then became the associate director of government relations and community programs for Harvard’s AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN), helping to secure a health grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest at that time. She also authored Malaria in Nigeria, published in the Fall 2001 issue of the Harvard Health Policy Review. In 2004, Carrington worked for the Pan African Health Foundation, which partnered with the Nigerian government to establish an auto-disable syringe factory in Port Harcourt. In 2006, she and her husband, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Walter C. Carrington, founded Africana Consultants USA to advise on issues of public health and investment promotion.

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 in Boston, she facilitated the development of the Benin Kingdom Gallery. She also served on the trustees’ advisory board of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. In 2014, Carrington 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, U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria Walter C. Carrington, 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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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. Arese Carrington's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her mother's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the history of British colonial rule in Benin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her father's upbringing and education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her parents' courtship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her parents' personalities and values
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her parents' careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes the qualities of a successful marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the history and culture of Benin
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about Nigerian independence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes the ethnic differences in Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the leaders of Nigerian independence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers her early interest in social justice
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington recalls her family's preparation for the Nigeria-Biafra War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers the start of the Nigeria-Biafra War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her husband's role in the Nigeria-Biafra War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her early interest in medicine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about gender inequality in Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers the Corona School Ikoyi in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes the secondary school system in Nigeria
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers Queen's College, Lagos in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her education in Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers her early exposure to popular culture
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the misconceptions of the African continent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the differences between urban and rural communities in Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington remember developing an interest in public health
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her early medical career in Nigeria
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about healthcare in Nigeria, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about healthcare in Nigeria, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the impact of political instability in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the wealth inequality in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the activism of Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the history of political leadership in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington recalls the assassination of Kudirat Abiola
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the history of activism in Nigeria
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes how she met her husband, Walter C. Carrington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the U.S. immigration process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers meeting President Jimmy Carter in Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her wedding
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington recalls the start of her husband's farewell party in Lagos, Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers the dissolution of her husband's farewell party, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers the dissolution of her husband's farewell party, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the death of Moshood Abiola
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington remembers the start of the AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her work with the Nigerian government
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the impact of the AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes the work of the Pan African Health Foundation
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the empowerment of women in Nigeria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about modernization in Africa
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes the United Nations Association of Greater Boston
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the Safe Schools initiative in Nigeria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the treatment of girls in Nigeria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her hopes and concerns for the country of Nigeria
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes her involvement at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the Benin Kingdom Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about her daughter
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dr. Arese Carrington reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dr. Arese Carrington reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dr. Arese Carrington talks about building relationships
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dr. Arese Carrington describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dr. Arese Carrington narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dr. Arese Carrington narrates her photographs, pt. 2