In 2016, at the age of 35, Omotola Thomas was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s disease (YOPD). Since her diagnosis, she has dedicated her life to championing the needs of women, young people and, currently, Africans impacted by Parkinson’s disease (PD).
Five years after her diagnosis, she founded Parkinson’s Africa – the first, and only, PD charity established to support and empower the pan-African PD community. In addition to serving as the Trustee Chair of Parkinson’s Africa, Omotola actively volunteers her time to other PD charities and causes. Currently, she is also serving as:
– A board member for the World Parkinson’s Coalition.
– An ambassador for the 6th World Parkinson Congress to be held in Barcelona, in 2023.
– An advisor and patient-advocate for the Adewunmi Desalu Parkinson’s Foundation.
– A patient advocate for the International Parkinson’s Disease Genomics Consortium, Africa (IPDGC – Africa).
– A patient contributor to the Community for Research Involvement and Support for People with Parkinson’s (CRISP).
Born and raised in Nigeria, Omotola has also lived in the United States, South Africa, and most recently, England, where she resides with her husband and two children. While in America, she obtained both her bachelor’s degree (in Systems Engineering) and her master’s degree (in Project Management) from the George Washington University.