Pharm. Adejuwon Otelaja is a seasoned professional, pragmatic leader and consummate management consultant. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Kanymed Healthcare Nigeria Limited, Kwara State. He is also the newly elected chairman of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara State Branch.
Otelaja had his elementary education at Niger PreAge International Home School, Lagos, where he finished with distinction in 1991. He was one of two wards of senior staff of Glaxo Nigeria Limited who passed the company’s scholarship exam and was given a full scholarship to attend the Federal Government College, Odogbolu, Ogun State, where he finished with seven distinctions.
Thereafter, he attended the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy in 2004. While at OAU, he was a recipient of the Arthur Anderson Honours List Award (award given to the best five students per level in the university in the 98/99 session).
Otelaja had his internship as a demonstrator internee with the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty off Pharmacy, OAU. He also worked on research focused on medicines waste reduction.
He had his NYSC at the Medical Centre of the Adamawa State University, Mubi, Adamawa State, between 2005 and 2006. He began his career as a medical representative with Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited in 2006 and won several awards. He was promoted twice in 2010 as senior medical representative and area manager, Lagos 1.
As area manager, he won the best area manager award in 2011 and 2013. The company also sponsored his education at the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, where he graduated in 2015 with a fellowship in Social and Administrative Pharmacy. He was thereafter promoted as regional manager, Lagos West, a position he held until he left the company in 2016.
Otelaja bagged a master’s degree in Business administration from OAU and was admitted into the full membership cadre of the Nigerian Institute of Management in 2015. He also became a graduate of the Senior Management Programme-58 of the Lagos Business School, Pan Atlantic University.
Otelaja was the chairman of ACPN Kwara State between 2017 and 2020 and has held several other elective positions. He presently manages Kanymed Healthcare Nigeria Limited as well as being a key partner of Swiss Pharma Nigeria Limited, Jauf Pharmaceuticals and Frutta Juice and Services Limited.
Otelaja is happily married to his childhood sweetheart, Mrs Yetunde Otelaja, who is a site supervisor with the Canadian Red Cross in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and they are blessed with children.