As Pharmacy Plus, Reckitt, Sylken, others win in other categories
In recognition of his selfless service to humanity and growth of pharmacy practice in Nigeria, Pharm. Deji Osinoiki, managing director of Deyo Pharmacy, has bagged the 2018 edition of Pharmalliance Retail Pharmacy Legend Award.
The award ceremony, which was part of the 10th edition of The Panel, an annual retail pharmacy business summit organised by Pharmalliance, was held at Classique Event Centre, Lagos on 16 August, 2018.
According to Pharm. Adeshina Opanubi, convener of The Panel, Osinoiki remains a beacon of hope for young pharmacists, given his achievements and influence in the last 25 years.
The revered pharmacist is a one-time national chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) and chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the same association. Interestingly his wife, Pharm. Yomi Osinoiki, and his two children are also registered pharmacists.
Osinoiki, who described the award as a thing of joy, was full of accolades for the organisers.
“I want to specially thank the Pharmaalliance team, especially Shina (Opanubi), whom I have known from his teenage years.
“He used to come to my pharmacy any time he returned from school. Of course, that was shortly before he joined Pfizer. You have all done well,” he remarked.
Another notable awardee at the two-day summit was Pharm. Wale Oladigbolu, chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Rivers chapter. He clinched the Pharmalliance Leadership Award.
Similarly, Pharmacy Plus, Sylken, Biofem, New Heights, Reckitt Benckiser and Business School Netherlands all won the Brand Endorsement Award category for their continual support of the initiative since inception.
Keynote speaker of the event, Hakeem Belo-Osagie, former chairman of United Bank for Africa (UBA) and chairman, Etisalat Nigeria, shared his experience in the world of image branding and investment in Africa.
At the end of his presentation, he was presented with a portrait of himself, amidst a standing ovation. The ovation got much louder when the audience was informed that the portrait had been sketched in less than 30 minutes to its official presentation by Kareem Waris Olamilekan, the now famous 11-year-old Nigerian artist who sketched and presented a self-portrait to Emmanuel Macron, president of France.
In attendance at the event were Pharm. Ike Onyechi, managing director of Alpha Pharmacy; Pharm. Bukky George, chief executive officer of the Health Plus Group & CasaBella Beauty World; Pharm. Jimi Agbaje, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Pharm. Ibrahim Babashehu Ahmed, director, planning, research and statistics, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); and Pharm. Ismail Adebayo, immediate past national chairman of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN).
Pharmalliance is an informal network of retail pharmacies that access a common pool of shared resources. These resources include financial services, legal services, insurance services and business development services.
According to the organisers, Pharmalliance is for retail pharmacies registered by the PCN. It is an alliance of pharmacy businesses and non-pharmacy professionals.