The Diamond Jubilee Anniversary of the Great Ife Pharmacy Alumni Association (GIPAA) held amidst pomp and peagentry as alumni from all works of life were hosted to a Welcome Cocktail by the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Prof. Francis Abiodun Oladimeji, at the Faculty Foyer.
The Dean assured the alumni that Ife is fully ready to host the biggest homecoming/reunion of Great Ife pharmacists for the milestone 60th Anniversary of the Faculty.
The opening ceremony, held at the prestigious Oduduwa Hall showcased a galaxy of Great Ife Pharmacy Stars from across the globe and was chaired by the distinguished former Chairman of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals Limited and Immediate Past President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa.
Also present at the opening ceremony were the Grand Patron of GIPAA, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi; Vice-Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Prof. Adebayo Simeon Bamire; PSN President, Prof. Cyril Usifoh; and Founder/Group Managing Director of Drugfield Pharmaceuticals Limited, Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo.
Delivering the keynote address titled “Evolving digital innovations: New opportunities for the practice and business” President, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany New York, USA, Prof. Toyin Tofade, who joined virtually, urged the pharmacists to embrace digital innovations in all the areas of their practice, as a means of advancing the profession. Prof. Tofade is the very first Black African Woman in history to head an American University.
The anniversary also witnessed the Turning of the Sod Ceremony of the N400,000,000 Ultra Modern Hostel Legacy Project for Great Ife Pharmacy students by Prince Adelusi- Adeluyi and other dignitaries at the Student Village.
According to the Global Chairman of GIPAA, Pharm.(Otunba) Olalekan Asuni, the project will commence from 2024 and will be delivered in 24 months to the students.
Other events organised during the Diamond Jubilee were the Induction of the 2021/2022 Graduating Class by the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria(PCN) and GIPAA’s Medical Outreach for the Modakeke Community at the Civic Centre, Modakeke, with a very huge turnout.
The closing banquet and awards night, chaired by Pharm. Olujimi Kolawole Agbaje, saw the presentation of awards to deserving GIPAA sets who returned to give-back to the Faculty in different set projects.