Pharm. (Sir) Emeka Achonye is the managing director of Citygate Pharmaceuticals Limited, Aba, Abia State, a dynamic and growing community pharmacy.
Born on 28 March 1947, Achonye started his early education at St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Ebute-Metta, Lagos. Thereafter, he attended Lagos City College in 1964 for his secondary education, before it was interrupted by the outbreak of the Nigerian civil war in 1967.
During the war, he became a member of the Biafra Navy at Uguta Lake, Imo State. He eventually completed his secondary school education through a United African Company (UAC) scholarship before proceeding to the University of Nigeria (UNN) where he studied Pharmacy and graduated in flying colours in 1977.
Achonye served at the Bauchi Specialist Hospital, Bauchi, as a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and later spent his early working life in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. He started at SmithKline and French (SK & F) and later moved to Roche (now Swipha). He also worked with Cilag/Organon, before establishing his own company, Citygate Pharmaceuticals, in 1987.
During his career in the pharmaceutical industry, he served as a medical representative; area manager; national sales manager and marketing director in multinational pharmaceutical companies and, in the process, garnered extensive industry knowledge which has served him well in managing his own company.
Achonye belongs to the Ancient Order of Catholic Knights of St. Mulumba, ranking 4th degree and he is the Chikwado Omee of Umoko-Dike Okwelle Ekwe-ariri in his home town.
72 year old Chief Achonye who was inspired by Pharmanews Limited to publish the National Pharmacy Mobile Telephone Directory is blessed with seven children, three of whom are pharmacists.
Pharmanews staff and management join his friends and associates to wish him many more great years.