The company started as a sole proprietorship in the mid fifties, marketing pharmaceutical products under the name Owunna and sons company, founded by Chief (Dr.) Peter S. Owunna (late). It metamorphosed into Starline Chemists and Company in 1962 under the leadership of the founder.
Starline, just before the outbreak of the civil war in 1967, became the leader in the marketing and importation of pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. However activities resumed in 1970 after the civil war with everything lost.
The founders guiding principle of perseverance, hard work, honesty and integrity helped to set SNL on the footpath to resumption of business once again. From his humble beginning and strong belief in the almighty, he nurtured Starline through these most trying times. Courage foresight and patriotism brought him into industry.
In 1973, Starline Nigeria Limited was incorporated. With her enormous trading experience and distributive trade, In the same year, she started candle manufacturing. Determination led to the establishment of pilot cosmetics factory in 1973, and the plastic factory in 1978. On the 4th of December, 1990 the founder Chief Dr. S. Owunna passed on and Mazi Clement Owunna (MFR) became the CEO/Chairman of Starline Group of Companies.