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Faculty of Pharmacy

Dean's Welcome Address

Welcome to the Premier Faculty of Pharmacy in Nigeria!

I am highly delighted to welcome you to the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria website. The Faculty website provides an opportunity to keep sharing news about the Faculty, staff, students and alumni. It will also provide information on research, teaching and various ongoing activities in the Faculty.

I assumed office as Dean on the 1st of August 2019 after the successful completion of the tenure of the immediate past Dean, Prof. Wilson Erhun. It is noted that the Faculty has benefitted immensely from the previous Deans who have served meritoriously in laying a solid foundation that have made it possible to contribute to the growth of pharmacy education in Nigeria.

The Faculty through its high quality of research and teaching has trained over 3600 pharmacists who are globally engaged in different sectors of pharmacy and allied professions. The Faculty runs postgraduate programmes in all her departments.

The 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. It, however, 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 we are receiving from different Class sets of the Great Ife Pharmacy Alumni that have made it possible to improve the quality of education we are giving to our students.

It is a great honor and privilege to serve the premier school of Pharmacy in Nigeria as the Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.

We welcome you to our website

Best regards

Prof. Moses A. AKANMU B.Pharm., M. Sc., PhD


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.A. Akanmu - Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Prof. M.A. Akanmu

Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Moses Atanda AKANMU is a Professor of Pharmacology and Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University. Prof. M.A. Akanmu joined the Department of Pharmacology as a Junior Training Fellow on May 9, 1994. He obtained his B. Pharm. (Hons) degree (1991) and M.Sc. (Pharmacology) in 1999 at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He proceeded to Saitama University, Urawa, Japan in April, 1999 (Japanese Language) and later obtained his Ph.D. at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan in 2004. He returned back immediately to the University after the completion of his PhD at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan. He also obtained M. Phil. (Science and Technology Studies) at University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2017. Prof. Akanmu is a very effective, thorough, hard-working and dedicated lecturer whose profound teaching and mentoring skills have endeared him to students, many of whom love to have him as their final year dissertation project and postgraduate supervisor. He has supervised and co-supervised several postgraduate students at Master (M. Sc.,/M. Phil (15)) and PhD levels (13) and also currently supervising four (4) PhD students.

Prof. Akanmu has rendered innumerable services to the Department, Faculty, University, Community and the profession of Pharmacy in various capacities. Prof. Akanmu’s Department witnessed considerable changes under his leadership as the Acting Head of Department (2007- 2009; 2011-2016; 2017). He has served as the Faculty coordinator for the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) programme that involves organizing continuing education programme for practicing Pharmacists. He has put himself at the disposal of the University, rendering useful services.

He was an elected congregational representative in the Senate (2005 – 2009); Member, Standing Committee of Congregation as well as Congregation representative in the Appointments and Promotion Committee (2007- 2009). He has also served as the Vice-Dean of the Faculty (April 2012- May 2014). In the community, Prof. Akanmu served as Assistant Secretary (July 2006-July 2008) and investment officer (July 2008–Nov 2009) to ASUU, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Branch. He was appointed the Pre-Degree Co-ordinator in 2017 where he was before being re-appointed the Head, Department of Pharmacology before proceeding to utilize his sabbatical leave at Department of Pharmamcology & Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ilorin, Ilorin.

He has rendered useful services outside the University as a reviewer for some international and reputable journals and has also served as external examiner. Prof. Akanmu has rendered meritorious services to the Pharmacy Profession in various capacities and he is a merit award winner of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). As Chairman, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA), a technical arm of PSN, Prof. Akanmu was able to revive the moribund association within a short period under his leadership. He is currently a member of the Board of OAUTHC, Ile-Ife as Senate representative, member of Dean’s Forum, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, member of Research, Documentation and Industrial Liaison Committee of PSN, and Nigerian Herbal Medicinal Products Committee (NHMPC) of NAFDAC, Prof. Akanmu is a lover of church music, he was the choir master/organist of English Section of his church in Ile-Ife town. Prof. Akanmu has indeed carved a niche for himself as a distinguished teacher, researcher and mentor. He is meticulate and well organized, an attribute that has enabled him to take on so many roles and duties simultaneously and yet be effective in the performance of all. Prof. Akanmu has demonstrated a considerable level of administrative skills and has rendered valuable services to the university, academia, pharmacy profession and the community. Prof. Akanmu, early in his research career has identified a main focus area in pharmacology (neuro-behavioural pharmacology) and has pursued this systematically and rigorously.

He has published in reputable, peer-reviewed and highly selective national and international journals. Prof. Akanmu has, through the quality and quantity of his publications and graduate students supervision, demonstrated a high level of ability to initiate, collaborate, lead a research team and conduct relevant scientific investigations in his area of specialization. He has contributed immensely to the neuropharmacology and sleep-wake effects of some natural products used in folkloric medicine. He has been able to secure research grants from the University Research Committee (URC) and from an international funding agency (IFS).

Prof. Akanmu won the NYSC state award (1993); The Japanese Government (Monbusho) scholarship (1999), FIP International travel Scholarship (2001), Sleep Research Society’s Trainee Merit Travel award (2004); (International Brain Research Organization Fellowship awards (2005, 2006), International Foundation of Science (IFS) Research grants (2007) and travel award (2008), the prestigious Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral Fellowship (2009) among other prizes, awards and research grants (Locally and internationally). He has attended quite a number of international conferences at which he presented scientific papers, for some of which he obtained awards and travel fellowship from International organizations.

He is a member of a number of highly reputed International organizations such as Society for Neuroscience (SfN); International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) and Molecular and Cellular Cognition Society (MCCS) among others. He initiated the establishment of the first Africa chapter of Society for Neuroscience.

Vice-Dean's Profile

Dr. (Mrs.) S.I. Igbinoba - Vice-Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Dr. (Mrs.) S.I. Igbinoba

Vice-Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy

Dr. (Mrs) Sharon Iyobor Igbinoba is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University. She is an alumnus of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University and obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy (Passed with Distinction), M. Sc (Pharmaceutical Chemistry), PhD (Pharmacology), in 1998, 2006 and 2013 respectively. She also holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD. 2018) from Faculty of Pharmacy University of Benin, Nigeria. Her research focus is on Pharmacokinetics. She is also involved in research related to Drug-herb utilization, interaction and safety; Medicine-use related problems with emphasis on herb use and in special population.

She teaches Pharmacokinetics and Therapeutics to undergraduate and graduate. She is currently coordinating the Clerkship Program of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacy Administration

Dr. Igbinoba is a registered Pharmacist with Pharmacist Council of Nigeria; a Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (FPCPharm 2017). As a Pharmabridge-FIP Fellow, she was exposed to the practice of Clinical Pharmacy at University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy and University of Cincinnati Health, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (2012). She is a recipient of TETFUND Academic Staff Training and Development award which she utilized as a visiting research scholar to study In Vitro Drug Metabolism at School of Pharmacy, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America (2014). She has served in various capacity in most of Faculty committee. She also served as the Faculty Environment Officer and as Secretary of the Central Planning Committee of 1st Great Ife Pharmacy Scientific Conference and Reunion, Faculty of Pharmacy.

Faculty Secretary's Profile

Mrs Angela . L. Egharevba started her career in this University as an Administrative Officer I on 4th October, 1995. She rose through the ranks and was promoted to the post of Deputy Registrar with effect from 1st October, 2009. She has worked in different units of the University and was redeployed to the Dean's Office, Faculty of Pharmacy as Deputy Registrar and Faculty Secretary effective, 16th May, 2016.

Her schedule of duties includes servicing of all statutory meetings in the Faculty, processing all recommendations as appropriate to relevant committees and performing other duties that may be assigned by the Dean and Registrar.

Mrs Egharevba has generally demonstrated a high sense of responsibility and thoroughness in all areas of her work.

She 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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