Biography of Founder/CEO Emzor Pharmaceutical Limited

Meet The Chief Executive Officer, Founder of Emzor Pharmaceuticals Limited.


Stella Chinyelu Okoli is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited. She started the company, first, as a pharmaceutical retail store but now, she has grown into a multi-billionaire whose company is now a household name in the entire Nigeria.


BIOGRAPHY OF Stella Chinyelu Okoli: Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited:


She was born in Kano State in 1944, she is a native of Nnewi in Anambra State, Nigeria. Stella was enrolled at All Saint Primary School, Onitsha in 1954, and in 1964, she completed her secondary school education at Ogidi Girls Secondary School, Ogidi. Then she attended Federal Science School, Lagos from 1964 to 1966.



She graduated from the University of Bradford as a Pharmacist in 1969 and immediately took a Master’s Degree Programme in which she bagged an M.Sc. in Biopharmaceutical from the University of London, Chelsea College in 1971.



In January 1977, she started Emzor Pharmaceutical as Emzor Chemists Limited, in Somolu, Lagos. However, prior to establishing her company, she had worked in medical and pharmaceutical firms such as Middlesex Hospital, where she worked as a Clinical Pharmacist, and Boots the Chemists Limited.



When she arrived in Nigeria, she joined Massey Children Hospital, Lagos but left after some time and joined Pharma-Deko Plc., a pharmaceutical company formerly known as Park Davies Nigeria Ltd, as a Medical Representative and later Sales Manager.



Emzor Pharmaceutical Industries Limited was incorporated in 1984. It is a leading pharmaceutical manufacturing company in Nigeria with over 70 lines of products to their credits, of which some are pain relieving, and multivitamin tablets and syrups.