MA in International Development
African Philanthropy and Economic Development
Where are you from?
Anambra, Nigeria but lived and worked in Lagos and Abuja
Past Development Experience:
I have provided business advisory services to small and medium enterprises in Nigeria, and worked as a consultant for the start-up of a microfinance bank in Nigeria. I worked with a philanthropic organization in South Africa, developing resources for educating its non-profit organizations. I am currently engaged as a Program Coordinator for community outreach programs in MD.
While in Nigeria, I observed the vast amount of foreign aid invested in development programs, but questioned the outcomes of such development projects in my country. I worked within the microfinance sector and wondered how debt-reliance will help alleviate poverty. I wanted more than anything else to be a part of the Africans who will develop Africa.
What have you gleaned from your experience at SIS?
SIS has exposed me to the development practices around the world, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of these programs and what lessons can be learned in developing successful programs for my country.
I am set out to gain the experience needed to execute successful development projects in the African region, as well as identify indigenous opportunities for investment and development.
I sing everywhere: in a choir, in the shower, on the bus and on the metro, and I love to travel!