Pharmacy as healthcare profession came to Nigeria in mid-19th Century. Most of those early trained were called dispensers. Training was in Yaba Higher College (Now Yaba College of Technology), the first and oldest higher institution in Nigeria. Training of Pharmacy graduates started at University of Ife, Ile-Ife, and now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). The pioneer Pharmacists worked in government hospitals & private chemists as dispensers who mixed medicines in quantities prescribed.