In what many have described as icing on an excellent career year, Prof. Chinedum Babalola, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and Vice-Chancellor of Chrisland University, Abeokuta, has been declared winner of the 2018 Annual May & Baker Professional Service Award in Pharmacy.
The award presentation which took place during the opening ceremony of the 91st Annual National PSN Conference on 30 October, 2018 held at the International Conference Centre, Ibadan, Oyo State, had several distinguished pharmacists and guests in attendance.
Babalola has been credited with several trail-blazing innovations in academic pharmacy.
Through what she called divine providence, the Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Pharmacokinetics has seemingly broken the barriers of many firsts in her career. She was the first female director of studies for the entire University of Ibadan, as well as first female dean in the ivory tower’s Faculty of Pharmacy..
As expected, a thunderous applause rent the air when the former dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan (UI) was announced as winner of the award which, interestingly, comes with a certificate, a plaque and cash prize of N500,000.
Past winners of the May & Baker professional service award in Pharmacy included Pharm. (Lady) Adaeze Omaliko, managing director of Malix Pharmacy, Onitsha; Professor (Mrs) Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MFR, former deputy vice-chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University; Pharm. Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director of Pharmanews Limited, Pharm (Mrs) Margaret Obono, a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Prof. Kemi Odukoya, former dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos; and Pharm. Folashade Lawal, a renowned community pharmacist.