Personality of May “Bisi Bright “

Personality of May “Bisi Bright “


By Olubukola Jongbo, Subcommittee member of Media and Publications office in  IPSF AfRO



Can you tell us who Pharm. Bisi Bright is to Nigeria and the World?

I am Bisi Bright, a clinical pharmacist by profession and also a public health practitioner. I read clinical Pharmacy at the postgraduate level at the West African College, then went ahead for a master’s degree in public health in Zimbabwe. I am a member of FIP having served on three working groups. I have also served as an FIP executive representing Africa and the Middle East, and several other held positions. I am a global change maker in Hepatitis C and privileged to have won a few national and international awards.


Before we proceed further, could you tell us of your hobbies or leisure activities?

Yes I do have! I love to watch Movies and inspiring videos. I am not a nature fan but Movies and Soaps are for me. I also love to bake and cook! I try my best now and even when I was a student to engage in extracurricular activities so I can be well rounded as a pharmacist and this is one of advice I give to young pharmacists today.


What motivated you to study Pharmacy and not another profession?

As a child, my father sort of influenced my decision to be a pharmacist. He said I had this humanitarian streak in me and that when I wanted to choose a course, I could go for Pharmacy or Dentistry but not medicine. He believed doctors never had time for themselves. I was quite privileged to have my parents then because they were well educated and could give good career counselling but this already planted a bias in me. When it was time to go to the university, I applied to two schools for medicine and Pharmacy respectively. I got Dentistry in the first and had resumed before I got Pharmacy in the now Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. And just like that, I packed my bags and left my first admission. People thought I was crazy!


Now, we see you everywhere! What’s your motivation for impacting lives?

I’ll say it’s a blend of my humanitarian self and my thoughts to give back to the world. One day while I still worked for the government, my father called me and said, don’t you think you should do more for your profession? You should not just be going to work and back, developing yourself and hoarding it. You should give back. Maybe because my father was the first mining engineer in Nigeria and he did a lot for his field was why he was pushing me to do more! And that is how I became more active and you seem to see me everywhere today.


On the African Platform, how impactful do you see the profession becoming and do you think we have what it takes?

On the African platform, the profession seems a bit behind and as you know, I worked for about 25 years and I noticed the profession isn’t given its pride of place in some African countries. I believe the key to making the profession what it should be in developing countries is collaboration with other health practitioners. Here, our input as pharmacists is greatly required. Effective Collaboration is key to improving our circle of impact.


Earlier, you mentioned kick starting a Mentorship program. Is it open to all, both locally and internationally?


Within the LiveWell initiative, we run a mentoring program called the Agathe Wehrli mentoring chair which was launched in Germany in 2015. Agathe is my Mentor and coordinator of Pharmabridge which has been incorporated into the FIP and I met her about 30 years ago. Because I enjoyed the privilege and benefits of mentorship right from my early days, as far back as when I served my intern year, I had a vision to expose young pharmacists to the benefits of mentorship too. The mentoring program is opened to all be it students, graduates or practicing pharmacists on a global scale. It is made up of diverse people, some who are practicing pharmacists and some others which aren’t but are involved in other beneficial aspects such as Business and politics, the target being to produce a well-rounded pharmacist. Adeyemi Sylvester is the coordinator for the mentoring program


Any encouraging words for upcoming pharmacists?

First of all, never, never feel your profession is second rated or feel it is inferior to any other in the world. Pharmacy is a beautiful profession, well respected on a global scale. Also, it is a profession very rewarding, both financially, materially, emotionally and psychologically. Therefore, be proud to be a part of it while you also put in your very best, not expecting the goodies to fall into your laps. Everyone depends on you including other health team members for their health problems. And lastly, make yourself visible as you help your community.


Well, thank you for your time

Thank you!

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1 thought on “Personality of May “Bisi Bright “

  1. Mfon

    The Agathe Wehrli Mentoring Chair Programme of LWI is a nice idea. I’m glad to be a part of it!

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