Our Personality of the Month is Pharmacist Adewale Aderemi Oladigbolu

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Pharm. Adewale Aderemi Oladigbolu was born into the family of Prince Sanda Okobiya Oladigbolu and Mrs Christiana Modupe Oladigbolu on 2 August, 1969, in the then Oyo Local Government Area of Oyo State. He was born into a large family, where tolerance and peace were the pillars of communal life, the virtues that have stayed with him to date.

Pharm. Adewale Aderemi Oladigbolu

Oladigbolu had his primary education at St Andrew’s Nursery and Primary School, Esiele, in Oyo Town, and his secondary education at the prestigious public school named after the progenitor of his family, Ladigbolu Grammar School, Oyo.

He was inducted as a pharmacist in 1990, after undergoing the rigorous and exciting training for the B.Pharm programme at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. He obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration from Rivers State University of Science and Technology in 1997. Oladigbolu is an avid learner, who has had several professional trainings in healthcare, procurement science, and information technology.

Oladigbolu has served the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in numerous capacities. He was the financial secretary of ACPN between 2003 and 2007. He served as the general secretary of the same association from 2007 to 2010. He also served as the vice chairman of ACPN, as well as the general secretary of PSN-Rivers State, from 2010 to 2013.  He was the chairman of ACPN-Rivers State from 2013-2016. He is also the immediate past chairman of PSN-Rivers State.

Oladigbolu is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), and a recipient of PSN-Rivers State merit award. He also received an award of meritorious service from the Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Rivers State Ministry of Health on 17 September, 2019. Others include PharmAlliance Leadership Award, 2017; award of honour from PSN-Osun State, 2016; award of special recognition from YPG, Rivers State, December 2020; and an award of excellence for his outstanding contribution to the development of ARV refill in community pharmacy in Nigeria from USAID. He is also a recipient of ACPN’s national award of outstanding service.

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As a lifelong learner, Oladigbolu has attended and led many workshops on care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. He is currently engaged in United Nations certified Universal Treatment Course for addiction professionals.

Oladigbolu is a celebrated public speaker, with many appearances in professional conferences, churches, and the mass media. He has a passion for making society better and pursues this by building linkages, stimulating positive changes, and offering health information.

He is happily married to Mrs Funmi Oladigbolu and they have two beautiful daughters, Pharm. Aderonke Oladigbolu and Miss Adejoju Oladigbolu.

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