Pharm. Kingsley Ekwunife is the deputy director, Pharmacy Department, National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, Lagos.
Born on 29 May, 1971, he had his post-elementary education at the Federal Government College, Ugwulawo, Idah, Kogi State, from 1982 to1988. He proceeded for his tertiary education at the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), where he bagged his B. Pharm degree in 1995.
A practitioner in hospital pharmacy, Ekwunife had his internship at the National Orthopaedic hospital, Igbobi Lagos (WHO Collaborating Centre) from 1996 to 1997. He also served as a NYSC pharmacist at the State Hospital Ede, Osun State, from 1997 to 1998. Shortly after, he had a brief stint at community practice when he worked as a part-time pharmacist at Bernados Pharmacy Limited.
Since joining the pharmacy department of the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Lagos, as a Grade One pharmacist, Ekwunife has always played significant roles in the compounding and advocacy section of the hospital, where he presently heads.
During the outbreak of Ebola virus in 2014, he supervised the production of the first set of hand sanitizers, extemporaneously made in the pharmacy department. Even in the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19, he has deployed his wealth of experience into the mass production of hand sanitizers, as well as training several healthcare professionals on how to produce sanitizers, liquid soaps and so on.
A vibrant pharmacist, Ekwunife is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) where he has held some key positions. He was an erstwhile social secretary of PSN, a position he held from 2011 to 2013. He also served as the vice president, National Union of Health Professional from 2011 to 2014.
Ekwunife also holds membership of other professional bodies locally and internationally. These include the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP); The Hague, Netherland; National Union of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists (NAHAP); and National Union of Health Care Professionals (NUAP). He is a Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP).
A devout Christian and catholic, Ekwunife is an entrepreneur par excellence. He is the CEO Kingsland Pharmacy Limited, Satellite Town, Lagos. He is happily married with children.