Why was earning your MBA at HBS important to you?
Harvard was a place where I felt I like I could fit in while embracing the things about my background and my goals that made me different. I still remember sitting in the waiting room before my HBS interview, in November 2011. I struck up a conversation with a man who worked for the Chancellor of Texas Tech University, a woman who worked for a small logistics company in Minnesota, and a man who worked at a Private Equity fund in New York. I didn't have that experience at any other school I applied to - for me, this sealed the deal that HBS was where I wanted to earn my MBA, because the school puts its money where its mouth is in striving to create an environment where diversity is appreciated and encouraged.
How did your overall HBS experience shape your goals & career path?
HBS has top-notch professors and courses, but the school offers much more than a purely academic learning experience. I came to school with a clear vision of what I cared about, but without a strong sense of what path I should or could take to achieve my goals. My friends from the HBS Africa Business Club in particular helped me to re-define and strengthen my goal of supporting economic development in West Africa through the for-profit sector, and participating in the New Venture Competition gave me the confidence I needed to launch my own company directly after graduating from school.
What have you most enjoyed about your career thus far?
Being back in Nigeria! I think it's going to be a major driver for economic growth over the next decade, and I'm so excited to be a part of that process.
How has HBS helped you make an impact?
The HBS alumni network in Nigeria is extremely strong. Even before I graduated, I sought help and advice from those who were already walking the path I hoped to follow, and as a newly minted alumna, I have been warmly welcomed into a group of true change makers who are driving the country forward. My ability to make a positive impact through my social enterprise has been exponentially amplified because of those around me who continue to offer their support and who truly want to see me succeed.