2. I simply love music! As a child, I used to make mixtapes to play through speakers mounted on the bus used for our family business’ trade shows.
3. I have modelled for my friend’s beauty care brand and getting more than 0.1MN views on ads has really boosted my confidencThe ‘Team Fuqua’ spirit and community is one of the things that sets the MBA experience apart, and it is a concept that extends beyond the student body to include faculty, staff, and administration. Please share with us “25 Random Things” about you.
4. While I speak elementary French now, before joining the business school I intend to complete Level A2.
5. Working with French colleagues on several projects as a Financial Analyst has helped me better my French skills.
6. I’m glad that though most of my friends went outside Nigeria to pursue their undergrads, I chose to stay back, so I could support my mother, after my father’s sudden demise.
7. In my spare time, I manage a cleaning services business with my mother, which has grown by 500% since 2017.
8. I have taught my nearly 60 year old mother the principles of accounting and taxation, giving her a better financial control over her business.
9. We can inherit a lot from the people we surround ourselves with, including their interests, opinions and fears, like my mother and siblings inherited my fear of lizards and geckos from me!
10. I have a dog named Patchy. Fun fact? In my family, all dogs have had this same name from as far back as I can remember!
11. Since I was six, I wanted to wear spectacles like my sibling. I even pretended not to see some letters during an eye test!
12. Being surrounded by people makes me extremely productive and brings out the best in me.
13. I learnt to swim in a day!
14. My dad is my hero! His sacrifices stand as an example for me and fire my interest in finance and business.
15. I used to type endless pages of business proposals for my dad. On one such occasion, after typing a 20-page document, the entire file got deleted. I cried gallons and redid the job. That was the first time I learnt why moving on is essential.
16. Arranging a birthday party for my sibling, using our family WhatsApp group, and convincing 20 people from across Africa to come and spend the weekend together, was quite an overwhelming experience for me!
17. I love gifting and often ask people trick questions to choose a perfect gift for them.
18. I volunteer at an NGO called Slum2School Africa and this year, the finance group I lead, raised enough money to send 20 children to school.
19. I bought my first car without anyone’s advice and learnt the lesson of my life! Being a used car, from the air conditioning to the engine, nothing seemed to work! I sold it 2 months later at a loss.
20. I always thought I had an amazing voice, but didn’t even make it to the church choir! This didn’t stop me from enjoying singing and I still take regular vocal lessons.
21. Since I keep forgetting birthdays, I have started linking a landmark date with each. For instance, if the birthday is on September 14, I remember it as Valentine’s Day in September.
22. A true bookworm from the heart, I started reading novels early, because of which I have a super-fast reading speed.
23. Having lived in the same residential estate all my life, I am really looking forward to moving out for my MBA.
24. Pre-COVID, I used to keep a candy jar on my office desk. During breaks, my colleagues would come to take candies and gather around to talk about work, Nigeria and their personal lives. This helped me make great friends at work.
25. Because I love working out and staying fit, I started a fitness movement at office by convincing the HR to hire a trainer and organise weekly fitness sessions. What started with five people, soon grew to over twenty.