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Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili (OFR) was Nigeria’s Honourable Minister of Information and Communications until December 16, 2010, when she resigned to seek to actualise her ambition of becoming the Senator representing Anambra Central in the National Assembly. She is an internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader.

Before her appointment as a Minister on December 17, 2008, Prof. Akunyili was Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of Nigeria. She has gained international recognition and won hundreds of awards for her work in pharmacology, public health and human rights.

Born in Makurdi, Benue State of Nigeria on the 14th of July, 1954, Dora hails from Nanka and is married in Agulu, both in Anambra State of Nigeria.

She was educated in Nigeria (up to doctorate level) and in Britain.Dora passed the First School Leaving Certificate examination with Distinction at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Isuofia, Anambra State, in 1966, and the West African School Certificate (W.A.S.C.) examination with Grade I Distinction in 1973 from Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka.

These exceptional results earned her the Eastern Nigerian Government Post-Primary Scholarship and the Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship. She got her First Degree in Pharmacy, B.Pharm (Hons), in 1978 and her Ph.D in 1985 from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (U.N.N). Prof. Akunyili is a Post Doctorate Fellow of University of London and a Fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists. To prepare her for Managerial positions, she attended the Senior Management Skills Course in RIPA, London, and the WHO/UNDP/World Bank-Sponsored Computer Education Programme in Enugu in 1998 and 1994 respectively. Prof. Akunyili has received many academic awards and recognitions.  
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Some of the awards Prof. Akunyili has received are:
- Time Magazine Award 2006( "One of the eighteen heroes of our time")- Time Magazine Inc.
- Person of the Year 2005 Award - Silverbird Communications Ltd, Lagos, 05-01-2006
- Award of Excellence - Integrated World Services (IWS), Dec. 2005
- Award of Excellence - Advocacy for Democracy Dividends International, Lagos, 17-12-2005
- Meritorious Award 2005 - St. Michael’s Military Catholic Church, Apapa, Lagos, 04-12-2005
- African Virtuous andEntrepreneurial Women Merit Award 2005 - African Biographical Network, Dec. 2005
- Award for the Best Government Parastatal - National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), December 2005
- An Icon of Excellence Award - The African Cultural Institute and Zenith Bank Plc, 08-12-2005
- 2005 Grassroots Human Rights Campaigner Award London Based Human Rights Defense Organization. 08-12-2005
- Most Innovative Director Award Federal Government College, Ijanikin, Lagos. Oct. 2005 [4].
- Integrity Award 2003 - Transparency International[5].


My Mission to Re-brand Nigeria

It is common knowledge that the world has a very negative perception of Nigeria. This poor image was foisted upon Nigeria by the international community and given flesh by the bad behaviour of a few of us both within and outside the country.

The negative perception about Nigeria has gone unchallenged for so long that it is beginning to stick in the consciousness of most people around the world that most Nigerians are criminals or fraudsters. Consequently, across the globe, in airports and other public places, whenever the green passport is sighted, we are asked to stand aside for special screening. We are not even given the benefit of the doubt.  

In the highly competitive world in which we live, Nigeria will have no choice than to present a compelling and coherent image to the world if she wants to be taken seriously.

When I assumed office as the Chief Image Maker of this great country in December 2008, I decided that the negative perception about Nigeria by the international community needed to be addressed. This is because if we do not make any concrete effort to address our image problem, the situation will continue to get worse, and Nigerians will not only be ridiculed as a people, but investors will also be discouraged from coming to invest in Nigeria.

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TITLE: War Against Counterfeit Medicine - My Story
AUTHOR: Prof. Dora Nkem Akunyili
PUBLISHER: Dora Akunyili LLC
ISBN: 9781456517786

AMAZON.COM LINK: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004HW6JCK 

AMAZON.CO.UK LINK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004HW6JCK 

The War Against Counterfeit Medicine: My Story is a unique study of a global phenomenon  in which lawbreaking and profiteering prevail at the cost of human health and life  and of the ways in which this can be fought by appropriate legislation, regulation and enforcement. The challenges in countering are enormous, not least since such illicit production of food and drugs is an immensely lucrative business. Prof.Akunyili cites statistics from the World Health Organization, noting that in 2003, the worldwide sale of counterfeit drugs accounted for US$32 billion, or 10 per cent of all drug sales.

Dora Akunyilis achievements as Director General of NAFDAC are an inspiration to everyone, in every country, who is involved in countering the proliferation of fake food and drugs. Her experiences are a message of hope. They are testimony to the commitment and courage of individuals who serve the institutions, which work to ensure that commercial profitability goes hand in hand with the safety and wellbeing of consumers.

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