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I Planned To Become A Catholic Priest Before I Met My Wife – Lere Baale

Lere Baale
L-R: Dr. Umar Sanda, president, HCPAN; Pharm. Lere Baale, director, Business School, Netherland; Pharm. Bola Oyawole, former chairman, Lagos PSN and Akujuobi Igwe, HCPAN national financial secretary during the presentation of award.


Pharmacist John Olalere Baale, director, Business School, Netherland (BSN), has confessed that prior to meeting his wife, he has already concluded arrangement to go into seminary in fulfillment of his lifelong dream to become a priest.

Addressing a gathering of health professionals at the 13th annual general meeting (AGM) of Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria (HCPAN) which held recently at Sickle Cell Foundation Centre, Idi Araba, Lagos, Baale explained that he was brought in a strict family setting.

“As a young boy raised in a strict Catholic family, I have resolved and repeatedly dreamt of growing up to become a priest. That has been my vision and lifelong dream. Of course, all these changed right from the first day I met my wife,” he enthused.

Today, the eloquent pharmacist is married with two children – Ifelere and Ifedamola.

Today Pharm. John Olalere Baale, who bagged his Bachelor of Pharmacy at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1981) and Master of Business Administration, University of Lagos (1984), has become a household name.

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The BSN director was a former group product manager of Pfizer Nigeria (1989-1990), marketing manager (1990-1996); director, marketing and strategic planning, Pfizer Nigeria (1996-1997); acting country manager – Nigeria (1997); director, marketing and sales (1998) and pharmaceutical division director Lagos, Nigeria (since 1999).

He was chairman, Pharmaceutical Business Group; executive member PSN, (1994-1995); executive member, Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International Nigeria (since 1993); Fellow, West African Postgraduate College of Pharmaceutical (WAPCP); Winner, PSN Merit award 1997; Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (deputy chairman pharmaceutical group since 1996) and exclusive member of Ikoyi Club.



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