Dr Patrick Osarenmwinda Igbinaduwa is the current Head, Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State. Born on 21 April, 1971 in the ancient city of Benin, Igbinaduwa is a native of Igun in Oredo Local government Area of Edo State.
The pharmacist had his early education at Amegor Primary School, Uwelu, Benin City. He then proceeded to Adolo College, Ugbowo, Benin City, where he sat his West African School Certificate (WASC) exams in 1987. Igbinaduwa gained admission into UNIBEN in 1989 and bagged a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 1995. Eight years after, he returned to the same institution for a master’s degree programme in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (2003–2007). A year after he rounded off his master’s degree, he enrolled again at UNIBEN where he completed his Ph.D in 2013.
Over the years, the amiable pharmacist has garnered a remarkable wealth of experience in quality control, research development and the academia. After his internship with the Central Hospital, Benin City (from September 1995 to October 1996), Igbinaduwa did his compulsory National Youth Service programme as a hospital pharmacist with the General Hospital, Kazaure, Jigawa State (1996–1997).
In 1999, he joined SKG Pharma Limited as medical representative, before leaving for Edo Pharmaceuticals Limited where he worked as quality control pharmacist in 2003. However, in a bid to fulfil his childhood dream, Igbinaduwa decided to move into the academia.
In 2005, his alma mater (University of Benin) appointed him as assistant lecturer in the faculty of Pharmacy. An erudite pharmacist with a natural flair for imparting knowledge, it didn’t take him long to make his impact felt in the faculty. In 2007, he was promoted to the position of Lecturer and, two years later, Lecturer I. He became a senior lecturer in the department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy in 2013 before being made current head of department.
A one-time public relations officer, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Edo State branch (2002 – 2003), Igbinaduwa was also the manager, Anti-Drug Misuse and Abuse Programme of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (ADMEP-PANS UNIBEN) in 1994.
Between 2003 and 2005, he was assistant secretary, Edo State branch of the PSN. He is presently the chairman, Mandatory Continuous Professional Development Programme (MCPD) for the re-certification of pharmacists, UNIBEN Centre.
The pharmacist, whose hobbies include playing football, travelling and counselling, is married with children.