Pharmanews personality of the Month – Pharm Adeshina Opanubi
Pharm Adeshina Opanubi, a former staff of Pfizer Nigeria, is lead consultant for Shyne & Chloe Company Limited. Born in Ikenne, Ogun State, Opanubi finished secondary education at Mayflower Secondary School in 1996. He gained admission to study Pharmacy the same year at the University of Lagos.
Shortly after getting a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 2002, he bagged a master’s degree in Business Administration from Business School, Netherlands (Action Learning Campus in Lagos).
Opanubi’s first professional experience was in 2005 when he was appointed by Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals as pharmaceutical sales representative in charge of Ibadan, Oyo State. Three years later, he was promoted as customer relations manager (2008-2013) where he managed the company’s Friendly Pharmacy Loyalty programme.
Having had a rewarding career at Pfizer and in the Nigerian pharmaceutical industry, with responsibilities spanning 10 African countries, he quitt his job to go into the world of entrepreneurship.
For someone with background in retail management, sales, marketing and customer relations, it did not take long for Opanubi to find a niche. Shortly after leaving Pfizer, he set up a consulting firm, Shyne and Chloe, in 2013 to cater for the needs of the African Pharmaceutical Industry. Within the same year, he set up Nigeria’s first retail pharmacy business support network, PHARMALLIANCE, where he is the project catalyst. This network provides business support services to retail pharmacies in Nigeria.
As the lead consultant of Shyne and Chloe Company limited, Opnaubi runs capacity building workshops for retail pharmacists and their support staff across the country and also serves as a consultant to organisations seeking to access the pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria. He is also a youth activist and advocate, which led to his appointment in 2009 as the national coordinator of the Young Pharmacists Forum. He is skilled in public speaking, solutions conceptualization and negotiation.
In response to the lack of business education among Nigerian pharmacists, he conceptualised and convened The Panel, an annual retail pharmacy business summit in 2009. In what some pharmacists agreed was landmark. The Panel is still being held annually for the past 5 years. He has also built Nigeria’s first online pharmaceutical directory and job portal www.rxevolution.com.ng.
His most cherished laurel is perhaps the Pfizer Global Innovation Award which he won in New York, United States in 2011. It was a unique award presented to him for conceptualising and successfully implementing the LUTH-PFIZER Electronic Pharmacy Project (first of its kind in Sub Saharan Africa).
A member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the lead consultant is married with children.