irginia Ibienebo Major is a Pharmacist trained in Nigeria and the United States of America. She obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Benin in 1981. Virginia attended St Pauls School Jos, St Andrews School Diobu, the prestigious Archdeacon Crowther Memorial Girls School, Elelenwo and the Richmond International College, Sheffield, England. She graduated top of her class, earning the Governor Spiff’s special award as the female student with the best school certificate result in Rivers state.
In 2003, Virginia Major joined the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt. An active Rotarian with a propensity to lead high performing teams and deliver on every assignment, she served the club in various capacities. Some of these include Chair Membership, Chair, PolioPlus and Chair Rotary Foundation. She moved to the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt GRA in 2010 as a charter member. Along with three other Rotarians, she had the privilege of nurturing over 33 new Rotarians and setting up the most vibrant and visible club in the district.
In 2012/13, Virginia served as the President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt G.R.A, and was named best club president in that year. She has served RI District 9140 as chairman of sub - committees at the District Governors’ installation from 2010 to 2015. She also served the district as Chairman, Extension Committee in 2013/14; Chairman, District Conference Committee in 2016, Chairman Endowment Fund in 2016; Member, Ad hoc Committee Strategic Plans for District 9141 in 2016; Vice Chairman, West African Project Fair Planning Committee 2016; Chairman New Club Extension in 2017/18, District Co-ordinator for struggling clubs, 2017/18 and New Club Adviser, 2017/18.
Virginia was admitted in to the faculty of the Rotary Leadership Institute, (RLI Nigeria) in 2017. In 2018/2019, she was appointed to serve as District Grants Chair for District 9141 and has been nominated to serve Rotary International District 9141 as Governor in 2020/21.
Virginia is a result oriented Rotarian who led her club to phenomenal and unprecedented achievements making it the biggest, the boldest and the best club in the district in her year of service (2012/13.) For her service to humanity, she has received several awards including:
Rotary International District 9140 Best President 2012/13;
Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation 2016.
Rotary International District 9140, Best Assistant Governor Award 2014/15,
Award for sponsor of the highest number of new members, District 9140 201/2013 and District 9140 Meritorious service award 2014/15.
Virginia has a strong desire to impart knowledge and motivate others, so over the years she has trained Rotarians at district events. She has an undeniable passion for organization, service, membership growth and youth services.
Virginia is a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria as well as a member of the International Federation of Pharmacists, FIP. She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management NIM and was a member of the Governing Council of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (a Federal Government Agency that regulates the practice of with a mandate to set up the most vibrant and visible club in the district the pharmacy profession).
She has held several positions in the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria at National and State levels. She runs Positive Feedback International, an NGO on health, youth and gender which carries out medical outreach in the neglected Niger Delta Areas of Nigeria. She is the CEO of Virgin Creeks Ltd, Capricas Drugs Ltd as well several other companies. She was on the executive of National Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Rivers State, National Council of Women’s Societies and the National Association of Women in Science.
Virginia is a multi-talented and versatile professional. She is a poet, writer, and has written several Rotary songs. An acclaimed organiser, Virginia is a John Maxwell certified, Leadership Trainer, Life Coach and Public speaker and speaks at conferences and seminars.
She has continued to serve her home and birth place Opobo-Town in various capacities. In recognition of her outstanding services to her community and Rotary, she was conferred with the prestigious title of Ama Opu Orubo of Opobo Kingdom, (A Distinguished Noble Woman) by King Dandeson Douglas Jaja, the Amanayanabo of Opobo Kingdom..
Virginia Major is a recipient of several honours, professional, social and community awards including the Distinguished Pharmacist Award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, the Prestigious Women of Merit Gold Award, Grand Award for Productivity in Africa, GAPA, and National Award for Leadership in the Professions.
Virginia is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor. She was born into a loving family and has in turn raised and nurtured an enviable close-knit family of 3 children and 4 grandchildren.