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Everyday Heroes: Samkon Kaltho Gado And The Jonah Inheritance

Samkon Kaltho Gado was born on the 13th of November 1982. He is a Nigerian-American otolaryngologist. He is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins and St. Louis Rams. He played college football at Liberty. He was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He attended Ben Lippen School in Columbia, South Carolina, and lettered in football, basketball and baseball, earning all-state honours in football.


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Early years

Born in Kufai, Gombe State, Nigeria, his first name (Samkon) means “truth” in the Tangale language, and his last name means “inheritance”. His family moved from Kufai to Wheaton, Illinois when Gado was half a year old; his father attended Wheaton College during that time. They returned to Nigeria when Samkon was two years old. After moving back to Nigeria, his father migrated again in 1990 to earn a doctorate degree in divinity at Columbia International University. A church in South Carolina made a financial contribution a year later so that Gado and his mother could also travel to America.

Gado is a Christian. He is married with four children. He received a bachelor’s degree in health promotions while taking pre-med courses at Liberty University. In 2015, he graduated from Medical University of South Carolina. Gado is a chief resident in the Saint Louis University Hospital otolaryngology program, treating COVID-19 patients. He co-founded a non-governmental organization with his sister, The Jonah Inheritance, to improve independent healthcare in Nigeria.

The Jonah Inheritance

Founded by the brother and sister duo, Dr Samkon Gado & Ruth Gado Coleman, the Jonah Inheritance is a Christian non-profit organization providing high-quality medical care to Africa’s most vulnerable populations. As a Christ-centered community health development organization, they believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ compels them to restore well-being and build thriving communities in measurable ways. As Nigerians, this mission is personal. The desire is to see the land whole.


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The Jonah Inheritance: A Strategy for Substantial Outcomes

The Jonah Inheritance focuses on local physicians, investing its resources to equip and empower those best positioned to serve the community. This they do, through an ownership structure that can radically affect the overall prosperity and health of the people and communities they serve.

The Jonah Inheritance: Building Networks of Health

The goal is to create health systems that provide primary care as well as access to safe and affordable surgical care. To do that, they must begin at the local level.

  1. Create multiple primary care clinics that will be operated by African doctors.
  2. Develop an information management system to collect and collate medical data.
  3. Establish a sustainable healthcare financing model.
  4. Develop a high-functioning outpatient surgical centre.
  5. Develop ancillary services to support the work of the primary care clinics and surgical centre.
  6. Duplicate the model in other underserved African communities.

The Jonah Inheritance: A Vision for Wellness in Africa

To address the medical and surgical needs of Africans, they seek to provide opportunities and resources for African doctors to serve at all levels of healthcare. They aim to create sustainable and scalable healthcare networks by building on the strengths of our physicians and their communities. The approach will be driven by Christ-centered evidence-based models that are focused on improving the communities and long-term health of Nigeria and beyond.


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Jeremiah Aluwong

Jeremiah is a scholar and a poet. He has a keen eye for studying the world and is passionate about people. He tweets at @jeremiahaluwong.

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