Our Personality of the Month is Pharm. Ismaila Kola Sunmonu

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Pharm. Ismaila Kola Sunmonu is a community pharmacist, development practitioner and health information advocate, with a special interest in geriatric and reproductive health.

He had his elementary education at National Primary School, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, from where he proceeded to St. Timothy’s College, Onike, Yaba, Lagos, for his Junior Secondary School Certificate. He later enrolled at Ikeja High School, where he obtained his Senior Secondary School Certificate.

Sunmonu started his tertiary education at the Yaba College of Technology, where he had his National Diploma in Computer Science. He then proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos for his B. Pharm. degree.

A current student of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacy, Sunmonu is the MD/CEO of Caratiyah Pharmacy & Stores, with branches in Dopemu and Egbeda areas of Lagos. He is a certified pharmaceutical inspector of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and merit award winner of PSN-Lagos.

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Sunmonu has served in various capacities for both the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) and the PSN. He was zonal coordinator, ACPN IDEA Zone, 2018-2021; publicity secretary, PSN-Lagos, 2017-2020; treasurer ACPN-Lagos, 2014-2017; editor-in-chief, ACPN-Lagos, 2011-2014; vice chairman, ACPN, IDEA Zone, 2015-2018; secretary, ACPN, IDEA Zone, 2013-2015; member, ACPN National Committee on PIC Matters, 2014; assistant secretary, ACPN, IDEA Zone, 2011-2013; and currently, secretary, PSN, Lagos State.

An advocate for good pharmacy practice, with a track record of assisting several pharmacists (especially the younger ones), in setting up retail outlets in line with the prevailing acceptable standards, Sunmonu has received several meritorious service awards to his credit. These include the PSN-Lagos Award of Excellence for Professional and Impactful Contributions to Pharmacy Practice.

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He is happily married to Dr Oyebola Halimah Sunmonu, a doctor and consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, and the marriage is blessed with three wonderful children.

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