REALS IS 20 YEARS – 11th Jan 2016
It was a very colorful and festive environment as REALS pharmaceuticals Ltd marked its 20th Anniversary on Monday 11th January 2016.
REALS pharmaceuticals Ltd has a track record of marketing and distributing high quality and very affordable pharmaceuticals manufactured by some of the world’s top leading multinational companies. They have consistently contributed to the well-being of Nigerians, extending also to the west african subregion.
The event commenced with prayers by 11am, starting with songs of praise and worship to the Almighty God, in appreciation of what He has been doing for the company since inception. Still in the spirit of appreciation and gratitude to God, and to everyone that has stood by him thus far, the GMD REALS Pharmaceuticals Pastor, (Pharm) Ade Popoola expressed his heartfelt appreciation and thanks to the Almighty and all present to rejoice with the company.
The MD recounted a brief history of how REALS Pharmaceuticals came to be, starting the foundation of the company from his friend’s office table, where he operated from for six months while building the dream that is now REALS. According to him, he started REALS Pharmaceuticals with nine (9) staff – Five Office Executives and Four Reps, and 20 years later, 2 out of the 9 are still working with him and moving the dream forward. He appreciated their loyalty and steadfastness in his speech.
The Immediate past president of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm Olumide Akintayo and the current President Pharm Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, as well as the Niropharm President and GSK Managing Director, Mr Lekan and some of the association’s members were also there to celebrate with their friends and colleagues.
Mrs Popoola (Snr), the GMD’s mother as well as his wife, Mrs Popoola Foluke, and other dignitaries and friends were equally present.
The PSN chairman ,Alhaji Ahmed Yakasai, who came into lagos that same morning to honour his friend Mr Ade Popoola also addressed the guests. He reminiscenced on how far back he has known and associated with REALS GMD. He said they both graduated from the same school at the same time and have remained very good friends ever since. “Do not under-estimate the power of friendship” he sagely advised.
The Managing Director of BIOFEM. Mr Femi Soremekun also gave a few words of advice to staff and reps of REALS Pharmaceuticals. He concluded by encouraging all the staff and reps to “remain focused knowing that your GMD has your good will at heart”.
The staff of REALS surprised their GMD with a wonderful gift and implored Alhaji Ahmed Yakasai to read out the note attached to the gift, expressing heartfelt appreciation for the GMD for his precious and priceless personality, the way he relates with his staff and runs the company with fairness to all, and also the way reaches out with concern about everyone’s welfare and their individual families. The note described Mr Ade Popoola as “a great boss and mentor to look up to.”
A number of dedicated staff that have been with the company from 20 years of inception down to 10 years were awarded with household gifts of their choices in appreciation of their dedication and loyalty to the dream and growth of the company.
Thereafter it was MENU MENU MENU.
Overall, it was an awesome occasion, displaying the glory, grace and faithfulness of God to the company REALS and the staff as a whole. The spirit of giving that exemplified the GMD was further demonstrated with a gift bag for every guest in attendance, young and old.
The program was brought to end by one of the two staff pioneers of REALS, Mr Kunle Adesoye who took the time to identify every guest and company representatives present at the occasion by their names, and appreciated their friendship and partnership thus far. He prayed for more years of celebration ahead in his vote of thanks.
To God be all the glory.