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Faculty of Pharmacy

Dean's Welcome Address

With great delight, I wish to welcome you to the website of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. This website provides an opportunity to share news about the Faculty, students and alumni interactions. It will also provide information on the mode of pharmacy training, collaborations and research activities in the Faculty.

I assumed office as Dean of the Faculty on 1st August 2021, after the successful tenure of Professor Moses Akanmu. It is worthy of note that the Faculty has benefitted immensely from the labour of previous Deans who worked assiduously to lay a solid foundation for the growth of pharmacy education in Nigeria. Great Ife Pharmacy graduates are found in practically every accredited school of Pharmacy in Nigeria.

Since inception, the Faculty has trained over 3600 pharmacists who are globally engaged in different sectors of pharmacy and allied professions. This strength of professional workforce produced by the Faculty has been made possible through staff commitment coupled with the quality of research output, teaching and community service. The Faculty runs postgraduate programmes in all the departments.


This Faculty of Pharmacy was first established as a Department in the former Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan Branch, in 1957. When the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) was established in 1962, it remained a Department within the Faculty of Science. However, it continued to award Diploma in Pharmacy till June 1965 while a programme for the B.Pharm. degree was concurrently started in September 1963. The Senate of the University upgraded the Department into a full Faculty status with effect from 1st October, 1969. Consequently, the growth of the Faculty continued at the Ibadan Campus of the University until it transferred to her present building on the Ile-Ife campus in September 1972.

The Faculty celebrated 50 years of training Graduate Pharmacists in 2014 and also organized a global reunion programme for her alumni. We sincerely appreciate the tremendous support received from Great Ife Pharmacy Alumni Association (GIPAA); as a group, as class sets and as individual donors. The help, in cash and in kind has made it possible to improve the work environment and the quality of professional training we give to our students.

It is a great honour and privilege to serve the Premier School of Pharmacy in Nigeria as the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

We welcome you to our website

Best regards

Margaret Olubunmi Afolabi (Ph.D; FPCPharm.)

Professor and Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, OAU, Ile – Ife


Faculty History

Pharmacy was first established as a Department in the former Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Ibadan Branch, in the year 1957. When the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) was established in 1962, it remained a Department within the Faculty of Science. It, however, continued to award the Diploma in Pharmacy degree till June 1965 while concurrently starting a programme for the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm.) degree in September 1963.

The Senate of the University decided during the 1968/69 session to upgrade the Department into a full Faculty status from 1st October, 1969, with four main departments: Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Pharmacology, Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutics. Consequently, the growth of the Faculty continued at the Ibadan Campus of the University until it transferred to her present building on the Ile-Ife (home) campus in September 1972.

The Faculty over the period of its growth and development had three units namely, Drug Research Unit, Pilot Drug Production Unit and Drug Quality Control Unit which were incorporated into the Departments of Pharmacognosy, Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, respectively. However, during the 1978/79 session the three units were separated from the Departments and merged into a Unit, now known as the ‘Drug Research and Production Unit’, to consolidate the various efforts on research in the Faculty. Senate approved in 1983 that this Unit should become an autonomous department in the Faculty of Pharmacy. The department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration was physically and effectively established in November 1996, after a long sojourn in the Dean’s Office, and has since then been functioning as an independent department.

The Faculty also has established postgraduate programmes in all her departments while the staff development programme of the University has contributed immensely towards the availability of Teaching and Research staff in the Faculty.

The philosophy of Pharmacy education is to produce graduates with a wide range of scientific, professional and managerial competence which best serves the needs of the community and who possess sufficient adaptability to meet the demands of a changing health care delivery.

Thus, the objectives therefore are:

  1. To equip the graduates with material knowledge required to perform pharmaceutical services in the industry, community, health institutions etc .
  2. To train postgraduate students in Pharmacy

The Faculty in spite of some constraints to optimal functioning is indeed meeting the above stated objectives.


There are currently in the Faculty the following five academic departments and one Unit:

Dean's Profile

Prof. M.O. Afolabi - Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy [/card_social_icons]

Prof. M.O. Afolabi

Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Margaret Olubunmi Afolabi is a Professor of Pharmacy Administration with research interests in Operations Management of Pharmacies and Public Health Pharmacy. She is the first female professor of Pharmacy Administration in West Africa.

She graduated with B.Pharm. degree (Hons.) from the University of Benin, Benin – City, in 1979; worked briefly as a hospital pharmacist for three years and then proceeded to join the academia in 1982.  In furtherance of her research interests, she obtained postgraduate qualifications (M.Sc., MBA, MPhil., MPH and Ph. D) at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile –Ife.  She has published about fifty research papers and chapter contributions to books in her discipline.

The central focus of her research activities is  evaluation of pharmacy operations, with due regard to current practices and the application of innovative strategies to enhance the quality of pharmaceutical services in hospital and community practice settings. She seeks to explore technology options and the application of management sciences for quality improvement of pharmacists’ activities in these healthcare facilities. Considerations are given to client feedback as a measure of service quality with special emphasis on the design and validation of instruments to measure client satisfaction, patient response to waiting lines, adherence to dispensed medications, readability and comprehension of information leaflets in medicine packages.

In her teaching and professional career, she has mentored many undergraduate and postgraduate students in Pharmacy, both in Nigeria and outside the country. She is a preceptor and Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (FPCPharm.) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation, International Women’s Forum, Washington DC. She had undergone executive training at Harvard Business School; INSEADR  Business School for the World in France; IWF Leadership training in Montreal Canada and various certificate courses at the University of Washington, Seattle.

She volunteered in the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Programme of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a visiting Lecturer to the University College of Belize in Central America.

She has served as external examiner to a number of Pharmacy Schools at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, both within and outside the country. Her teaching and mentorship experience in other universities include visiting lectureship at the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Ibadan, World Bank Capacity Building Programme at the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS), University of Sierra Leone and as a WHO Consultant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, COMAHS, University of Sierra Leone.

At various times, she served as the Head of Department; Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy; Student adviser and a member of the University Senate. She has taken up many administrative positions within the university system and in her professional organisation. She is actively involved in pharmacy professional organisations in Nigeria and in Sierra Leone; serving as a trainer in the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) programme. She is a merit award winner of Osun State branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).

She is a member of the Governing Council of Pharmacy in Nigeria (PCN) and she serves in various committees of the Council; currently the Chairperson, Sub-Committee of Deans and Chairperson, PCN Investigating Panel. She is also a member of the Governing Board of Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTHC), where she serves in a number of committees and as the Chairperson of the Board’s Establishments committee.

Professor Afolabi loves singing and she is actively involved in Christian ministry.

Vice-Dean's Profile

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Dr. B.J. Taiwo

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Dr. B. J. Taiwo (ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3871-9104) is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. He studied Pharmacy at the Obafemi Awolowo University and is registered with the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (No. 009819). He obtained MSc and PhD degrees in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, in 2004 and 2011, respectively from the Obafemi Awolowo University with Professor A.O Ogundaini. He was awarded the fellowship of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in 2012, which he used in Loughborough University with Emeritus Professor Raymond C.F. Jones. In 2014, He was awarded the British Council Researchers Link fellowship. He was supported by the Nigerian Education Tax Fund in 2011. His research focus has been in natural product and medicinal chemistry as well as pharmaceutical analysis, areas where he had published widely.

He has been actively engaged in investigating the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities of Nigerian medicinal plants. Recently, he pioneered researches into non–surgical therapies for uterine fibroid and study of neuropathic pains.  He is the Coordinator of the Drug Discovery Laboratory at the Faculty of Pharmacy and he organizes the National Spectroscopy Workshops. He co-pioneered the Drug Discovery Africa, a Pan African drug discovery researchers group, in 2017. He has been a reviewer for a number of reputable journal outlets internationally. He is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (506933), American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientist (191013) and the Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria (01093). He has been the faculty Student Officers for six years and had acted as he Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry.

Faculty Secretary's Profile

Mr. Anthony O. Adeniyi started his career in this University as a Clerical Officer on 1st June, 1993. He was appointed as an Administrative Officer II on 1st June, 1999 and rose through the ranks and was promoted to the post of Deputy Registrar with effect from 1st October, 2017. He has worked in different units of the University and was redeployed to the Dean's Office, Faculty of Pharmacy as Faculty Secretary effective, 16th December, 2019. Mr. Adeniyi had the following academic qualifications; B.A.Ed (English), MPA (Masters of Public Administration) and MA. Ed (Higher Education Administration).

His schedule of duties includes servicing of all statutory meetings in the Faculty, processing all recommendations as appropriate to relevant committees, screening of fresh students for admission and performing other duties that may be assigned by the Dean and Registrar.
Mr. Adeniyi has generally demonstrated a high sense of responsibility and thoroughness in all areas of his work.

He is humble, mature and deeply committed to the progress of the Faculty and the University as a whole.

List of Dean and Vice Deans

Dean: Professor Moses A. Akanmu B. Pharm., M.Sc., PhD (Tokyo), M. Phil (Stellenbosch), MPSN
Vice-Dean: Dr. Sharon. I. Igbinoba B. Pharm., M. Sc., PhD (Ife), FPCPharm., PharmD (Benin), MPSN

K. P. Osemene, B. Pharm. (Benin), MBA (Ilorin),M.Sc., PhD (Ife), MPSN, FPCPharm -- Reader & Ag. Head

B. J. Taiwo, B. Pharm., M.Sc., PhD (Ife), MRSC., MPSN -- Senior Lecturer & Ag. Head

E. O. Akinkunmi, B. Pharm., M.Sc., PhD PharmD., (Ife), MPSN --Reader & Ag. Head

M. D. Ayoola, B. Pharm. (Ife), M.Sc. (Ibadan), M.Phil., PhD (Ife), MPSN -- Senior Lecturer& Ag. Head

O. I. Adeyemi, B. Pharm., M.Sc., PhD (Ife), FPCPharm., MPSN -- Senior Lecturer & Ag. Head

F.O. Olorunmola, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD (Ife) -- Senior Research Fellow & Acting Director

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