Founder

Founder Ernest Okonkwo

December 1, 2014

Founder Ernest Okonkwo


Ernest Okonkwo is a Nigerian that was born and raised in Cameroon. He obtained his M.Eng and M.Sc. in Engineering Physics with specialisation in Biomedical physics at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University of Oldenburg and is currently employed at the Ortenau hospital Offenburg-Gengenbach as Medical Physics Expert.

Right from childhood, Ernest has felt committed to help the people and improve the situation of the continent he originated from. His upbringing, heritage and christian belief has made this the affair of his heart. He strongly feels that it is his responsibility to give back by sharing his knowledge and commitment. Through OkonMedphys, now Mephida, Ernest has found his way to give the cancer patients in Africa the help he can in his own way.

He is an enthusiastic, professional and passionate Medical physicist with years of experience in medical physics and is known for using his annual leave to visit clinics, hospitals, universities and medical institutions both in Cameroon and Nigeria.

P.O. (author)

Zanzem Atem Tung
Mephida Mastermind Team

I was born in Cameroon where i attended my primary and secondary Education. After obtaining my Advanced Level certificate, i decided to pursue my further education in physics in the small town of Oldenburg in Northern Germany.

In my early years of studies, i quickly discovered my interest in Biomedical Engineering where i attained a BSc in Engineering Physics and later decided to pursue a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering. After being introduced in to medical Physics, i rapidly realised it was the field i always dreamt of pursuing a career in.

I am currently a certified Medical Physicist in Germany since 2008. Together with Mr. Okonkwo, with whom i have always shared the passion of improving Cancer Care in Africa. I am honoured to be part of Mephida to gradually make this dream become a reality through patiently and consistently working to improve  cancer therapy in the African continent.


Dr. Ndimofor Chofor

Mephida Mastermind Team

Dr. Ndimofor Chofor was born and raised in Cameroon, a country in West Africa with a very rich and diverse culture, flora and fauna, and as a result typically called Africa in miniature. During his early teenage life and study period in Germany, he developed great interest in the field of medical sciences, especially in applications of physics. He finally committed his research and career as a physicist by co-assisting in developing methods towards improved cancer therapy via applications of radiation physics.

He is a medical physics expert currently working as a clinical physicist, with close to ten years of experience in research and  in lecturing radiation physics and associated radiation protection courses. His areas of interest range from radio-biology, radiation protection, Monte Carlo methods to radiation dosimetry.

Dr. Chofor has known the initiator of Mephida, Mr. Ernest Okonkwo for a longtime to be a committed and engaged person. With similar objectives towards promoting cancer awareness and the quest for solutions on more accessible and affordable cancer therapy in Africa, Dr. Chofor now devotes his know-how and experience while working with Mephida in the Scientific Advisory Committee.