If you ever fall sick and you get a satchet of paracetamol for just N30, please say a big thank you to this great woman, Stella Chinyelu Okoli.
Who is Stella Chinyelu Okoli?
Stella Chinyelu Okoli (MON, OON), (born c. 1944), is a Nigerian pharmacist and entrepreneur. She is the founder and current C.E.O of Emzor Pharmaceutical, a pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
She’s from in Nnewi, Anambra State, and was born in Kano State. She graduated from the Univeristy of Bradford, where she studied Phamarcy, in 1969. She also holds an M.Sc certificate in Biopharmaceutical after graduating from the University of London, Chelsea College in 1971.
In January 1977, Stella started Emzor Pharmaceutical with the initial name “Emzor Chemists Limited” as a small pharmacy retail shop in Somolu, Lagos State. Emzor Pharmaceutical has since become one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria with over 50 products since its incorporation in 1984.
A current member of the Economic Summit of Nigeria and the Health Matters Advisory Board of Nigeria, Stella currently serves as the Vice President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture having served as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.
After the death of her son Chike Okoli in 2005, Stella started the Chike Okoli Foundation in 2006 as a non-profit organisation founded with the aim of fighting poverty and diseases by raising awareness on cardiovascular diseases. She also runs the Chike Okoli Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies.
In recognition for her achievements and contributions to the health sector in Nigeria, Stella was bestowed with the Member of the Order of the Niger award. In 2012, she was honoured at the 17th ThisDay Annual Awards. She is also a recipient of the ECOWAS International Gold Award.
We love mama Stella & we can’t just stop crushing on her and her very great works! Feel free to say something nice in the comments section!