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Oreoluwa Green: A TALE OF WEST AFRICA’S FIRST FEMALE PHARMACIST

Oreoluwa Green was born in Lagos, British-Nigeria in 1885 to the former superintendent of the Lagos Detective Force, Mr. Francis Colley Green. While she was younger, Ore attended CMS Girls Seminary, St. Mary’s Convent School in Lagos, and was also privately tutored by Reverend W.B. Euba under whose tutelage she showed her brilliance in Mathematics, Latin, Greek, and Geometry.

Ore also had an acting stint. She played the role of Portia in William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant Of Venice” production in Lagos in June and July 1911, after which she traveled to England in 1912 to further her education. 

While in London, Miss Oreoluwa obtained a First Class certificate in the Theory of Music from the London College of Music; A certificate of Central Midwives Board, an Honours Certificate from the Clapham School of Midwifery, and Clapham Maternity Hospital.

Ore also emerged as the first woman in the whole of West Africa to obtain a practical Pharmaceutical qualification with her Apothecaries Certificate from the Pharmaceutical Society of London. In 1916, Ore passed her qualifying exam as a Licensed druggist, obtaining a Certificate of Westminister College of Chemistry, Pharmacy, and Botany in the process.

After her education in England, Ore did a brief stint as a dispenser with Soho Eye and Ear hospital, before finally returning home to Lagos, where she worked as a midwife at the hospital of Dr. Richard Akinwande Savage. Not much is known about Ore Green’s later life, however, in a bid to give back to her society, Ore set up her establishment at 71, Campbell Street, Lagos, where she practiced as a Nurse and Midwife.

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