Stella Chinyelu Okoli(MON, OON) is a Nigerian entrepreneur who is also a pharmacist. She is the founder and currently the CEO of Emzor Pharmaceutical manufacturing company.
Stella was born in Kano State, Northern Nigeria into the family of Felix Ebelechukwu and Margaret Modebelu, descents of Nnewi in Anambra State. She started her formal education in 1954 after enrolling as a pupil at All Saint Primary School, Onitsha before proceeding to complete her secondary school education in 1964 at Ogidi Girls Secondary School, Ogidi.
In 1969, Stella graduated from the University of Bradford after studying Pharmacy. She also holds an M.Sc certificate in Biopharmaceutical after graduating from the University of London, Chelsea College in 1971.
Stella has worked with several pharmaceutical firms including Middlesex Hospital, London, Boots the chemists Limited and Pharma-Deko.
Emzor Pharmaceutical started with the name Emzor Chemists Limited” as a small pharmacy retail shop in Somolu, Lagos in 1984 and since then has become on the leading pharmaceutical companies in Nigeria with over 50 products since its incorporation in 1984.
Stella is currently a member of the Economic Summit of Nigeria and the Health Matters Advisory Board of Nigeria, Stella currently serves as the Vice President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture having served as Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group and the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria
Stella Okoli has also bagged a substantial amount of awards. Some of which include: Member of the Order of the Niger award, She was honored at the ThisDay Annual Awards in 2012, She is a recipient of the ECOWAS International Gold Award.