The Legacy of Dr. Martin Jerome Okech Aiker

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Jerome Okech Aiker, a Distinguished Professional Who Set Up the First Black-Owned Dental Practice in Kampala, Uganda

Trailblazer in Dentistry and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Martin Aliker, a renowned dental surgeon and distinguished businessman, leaves behind a remarkable legacy marked by his unwavering commitment to public service and entrepreneurship.

His journey was one of breaking barriers and setting new standards in the field of dentistry in Uganda.

Pioneering the First Black-Owned Dental Practice

Born in Gulu District on October 21, 1928, Dr. Aliker’s academic prowess earned him a scholarship to Makerere University, followed by studies in political science at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Upon completing his Doctorate of Dental Surgery, he returned to Uganda, becoming a trailblazer by founding the first black-owned dental practice in Kampala.

“Dr. Aliker’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to invest in numerous businesses across Uganda, cementing his reputation as a visionary leader in the country’s corporate landscape,” stated Henry Mugenyi, a close friend and biographer.

Dedicated Public Servant and Diplomat

In addition to his achievements in business, Dr. Aliker was a devoted public servant, serving as a Senior Presidential Advisor and Foreign Affairs minister in President Museveni’s administration.

His diplomatic acumen was widely recognized, as he undertook missions on behalf of Uganda, facilitating crucial dialogues with international leaders, including Presidents Omar Al Bashir of Sudan and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.

Advancing Education and Fostering Intellectual Growth

Dr. Aliker’s contributions extended beyond the realms of healthcare and diplomacy.

As the founding chancellor of Gulu University, he played a pivotal role in advancing higher education and fostering intellectual growth in northern Uganda, leaving an indelible mark on the region’s academic landscape.

A Life of Love, Compassion, and Enduring Commitment

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Dr. Aliker’s personal life was characterized by enduring love and companionship. He celebrated 60 years of marriage with his beloved wife Camille, a testament to their unwavering bond and shared commitment to family.

As Uganda mourns the loss of a visionary leader and compassionate servant of the people, Dr. Martin Jerome Okech Aliker’s legacy will continue to inspire generations to come.

His dedication to excellence, entrepreneurship, and public service serves as a beacon of hope for the future, reminding us of the remarkable impact one individual can have on society.