Being a Wellness Advocate: Bukky George

Determination and passion play vital roles in the success stories of many businesses. And for Bukky George, it came easy, especially because she is the kind that would gladly go the extra mile to succeed in life and business. With over 25 years’ experience in the retail health & beauty industry, Bukky George is a pro in her line of business.

The CEO of HealthPlus Nigeria is a registered pharmacist with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria. She also belongs to some other professional bodies including, the General Pharmaceutical Council UK and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain. Ms George holds an MBA and is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School. Over the past 18 years, her HealthPlus, Nigeria’s first integrative pharmacy, has grown to 76 branches with over 750 associates. Ms George aspires for HealthPlus to be the Boots Pharmacy of Nigeria. Her strengths include a strong academic foundation, a passion for excellence and a determination to raise the standards in healthcare. She is devoted to continuous learning. She provides strategic leadership for the HealthPlus Group. HealthPlus is committed to its mission of helping people achieve optimum health and vitality with a vision to be Africa’s number one for pharmacy, wellness and beauty. CasaBella is a one-stop store for grooming and beauty solutions for men and women. In 2014, Ms George was selected as one of 23 leaders from 18 emerging economies to participate in the 2014 Fortune/US State Department Global Women’s Mentoring programme. In the same month, she joined the President, World Bank Group; CEO, The Goldman Sachs Group; and CEO, IFC on a panel to discuss Access to Capital for Women Entrepreneurs and the signing of The Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility, the first-ever global finance facility dedicated exclusively to women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises.

She is also the chairman of Sanofi pharmacy advisory board. She is a merit award winner of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN). She is a member of the Pharma Strategy Committee, charged with the mandate to chart a vision for pharmacy in Nigeria. To build on her passion for knowledge sharing, she mentors several people with a special focus on entrepreneurship. She is a multi-award winner for excellence in entrepreneurship, healthcare and community service; including winner Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria (HBSAN) leadership awards for the entrepreneurship category; winner entrepreneur of the year (Access Bank), finalist entrepreneur of the year and finalist in the Business Woman of the Year category of the CNBC All African Business Leaders Awards. The super woman’s typical work life as the CEO of two well established enterprises involves creating, communicating, and implementing her organisation’s vision, mission and overall direction and culture. She also prioritises leading the development and implementation of the organisation’s overall strategy as well as lead, guide, direct and evaluate the work of the management team.

Ms George also loves to oversee the complete operation of the organisation in accordance with the direction established in the strategic plans that started it. And just so the business continues to grow in new innovations and technology, they make sure to maintain awareness of the competitive landscape and consider the opportunities for expansion for the benefit of customers.