The celebration of an iconic pharmacist, educationist and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo continued on Friday, as Lady pharmacists across the country, especially from the South-West states assembled in Lagos to fete her.
Organised by the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALPs) National and held at the Pharmacy House, Anthony Lagos, the occasion had in attendance incumbent and past leaders of ALPs, representatives of PSN technical arms, ALPs National Chairman, Pharm.(Mrs) Victoria Ukwu, ably represented by ALPs South-West Vice-Chairman, Dr (Mrs) Modupe Ologunagba; PSN Vice-President South-West Dr (Mrs) Ejiro Foyibo.
Including former National Chairman, ALPs, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Morohundiya; former Director of Pharmaceutical Services (DPS) Lagos Ministry of Health, Dr (Mrs) Moyosore Adejumo; former DPS, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Pharm(Mrs) Serifat Salami; PSN National Secretary, Pharm. Gbenga Falabi, among others.
Appreciating members for turning out to felicitate with their very own within a very short notice, Ukwu said Femi-Oyewo deserves more than that, as she has served the society and impacted younger pharmacists in no mean measure.
She noted in particular how the celebrant has been instrumental to the progress of ALPs through her examplary lifestyle, playing of key roles in ALPs Biennial Conferences, as a worthy representative of ALPs in strategic national women conferences, nurturing of pharmacist students to becoming great leaders, and many more.
Still thanking God for the worthy life of first female Chairman of the PSN-BOF, Adejumo acknowledged the grace of God upon her life, attributing it to the height she has attained, as man in his finest state is nothing without God’s grace.
She said: “Your worst days are never so bad that you are out of His reach and your best days are never so good that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace”, thus she urged them to always appreciate God for gift of life.
The chairperson of the occasion, Foyibo, appreciated ALPs National for their thoughtfulness in organising the event, as it is apt to celebrate one another saying the celebrant has made much more sacrifice for humanity and the association.
Foyibo explained how the septuagenarian has been a role model to her through her dedication and commitment to Pharmacy activities at various fora, and being an embodiment of beauty and brain to all Alpians
“We should learn to celebrate ourselves because as women, we don’t look what we’ve been through, but the grace of God has been there for us”, she stated.
Still felicitating the mentor of mothers, Lagos, Oyo and Ogun ALPs Chairpersons, Pharm.(Mrs) Modupe Alli; Pharm. (Mrs) A.O Ajao and Pharm.(Mrs) Omowunmi Ekundayo, mentioned the elegant lifestyle and exploits done by the celebrant in their states, particularly in Ogun, where she lectured for years at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, molding and mentoring Pharmacy students for a greater future.
Zonal Coordinator, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria ( PCN) Pharm.(Dr) Amaka Okafor, attested to the thorough training Prof. Femi-Oyewo gave students that passed through her as evident in the lives of OOU interns that worked at her organisation.Being a successful widow, she urged other widows to learn from her secrets of success.
In his contribution, Falabi described the celebrant as a great mentor, motivator and motherly figure to him and others, who pays attention to everything including her students dressing, as students not well dressed are never comfortable in her class.
Expressing her profound gratitude to ALPs National for the honour, she recalled the genesis of her journey with the association since 2003 when she was selected to represent the group at a national women conference, and she’s come a long way with women in Pharmacy.
On the other hand, she charged the leaders of the group on grooming capable younger women to take the baton from elders like herself saying young pharmacists shouldn’t be pampered but must be taught to sacrifice for others.
“We need people we can handover the baton to, we are looking up to Alpians to take the baton from us. The present young pharmacists are over pampered, which ought not to be. We need to tutor them well. There must be discipline for the association to maintain her pride of place”, she charged.