Chief Oludolapo Akinkugbe, renowned pharmacist and General Theophilus Danjuma, chairman, May & Baker Plc and former minister of defence were recently honoured by the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm) with Lifetime Achievement Award and Honorary Fellowship respectively.
The colourful investiture, academy lecture and luncheon which took place at Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos on September 12, 2018 had Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, president, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy; Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, NAPharm vice president (South); Pharm. Jimi Agbaje, managing director, JayKay Pharmacy and Pharm. Ike Onyechi, treasurer, NAPharm.
Others were Pharm. Nnamdi Okafor, managing director, May & Baker Plc; Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo, former dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU); Prof. Kemi Odukoya, former dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG); Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe, professor of medicine and Oba Otudeko, distinguished industrialist and chairman of First Bank Plc and Senator Daisy Danjuma, wife of the honorary fellowship recipient among others.
Aside from presenting two giant portraits of the recipients, the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy also used the occasion to unveil the Olu Akinkugbe Research and Innovation Centre (OARIC) to the public.
The research centre scheduled to be officially opened in four months time received a resounding applause from the audience. The ovation got louder when the two elder statesmen hugged shortly after the ageless philanthropist, Danjuma, pledged N10 million to the cause of the institute.
Chief Oludolapo Ibukun Akinkugbe, is a veteran pharmacist of high repute. He is also the founding director of Palm Chemist and was a pioneer general secretary of the defunct Nigerian Union of Pharmacists (NUP) in the 1950s. Born in Ondo Town, on 5th December, 1928, Akinkugbe’s father was a renowned druggist who qualified as a pharmacist in 1919.