Ada- Business Executive

Shanelle

What is your Igbo name? Ada

What is the meaning of your Igbo name? It means the first daughter

What State are you from? IMO State!

How long have you been a member of ICSN? Around 1 year

How did you first hear about ICSN and why did you decide to come? 
I heard about ICSN through Chimmi in 2014, we got talking at the Careers in Africa networking event. He asked my sister and I if we were Igbo and subsequently told us about ICSN. I decided to come to the ICSN meetings as I had spent a year living and working in Nigeria and I thought it would be a good way to continue learning about my Igbo culture.

What has been your favourite meeting, event or experience to date at ICSN and why? 
I really enjoyed the Iri-Ji Festival of 2016 – it was my first experience of a festival of that kind and the turn out was incredible. I also had an amazing time experiencing ‘London’ Igbo culture.

What Executive position do you hold and what does your role involve? 
I am the Business Executive. In short, my role involves generating sponsorship for ICSN as a brand and building partnerships and strengthening relationships with other organisations.

What do you plan to do within your role in the over the next year? 
I plan to bring something new to the Business Exec role, which will see young professionals gather together to enjoy a networking event and hear inspirational talks from guest speakers in a variety of industries.

What are you looking forward to most being in the exec? 
The various events and projects that the team are all working on. I feel we have a great team this tenure and I’m really looking forward to seeing how the projects are received by the beneficiaries.

What motivated you to run to be part of the exec? 
I wanted to run for a second term in a different role as I wanted to challenge myself and help develop the ICSN business department.

What position did you hold before and when?
I was the PR Exec during the 2016/2017 tenure.

Why did you decide to run again? 
I decided to run again in a different capacity that will give me a different challenge in a new light.

What new/different will you bring to your role this time? 
New business and organisations that want to support the work and vision of ICSN.

What do you do for work? 
I work in PR and Communications in the charity sector. I work for I CAN- the children’s communication charity.

How did you get into this line of work? 
After traveling and working in the developing world, mainly Ghana, I became passionate about national and international development. I have worked as a campaigner at Save the Children, where I worked on various projects and campaigns.

Any advice to anyone wanting to get into your field? 
Gain as much experience in the sector as possible and if you can engage in international projects in the developing world too.

What are your plans for the future career wise? 
I intend to move into the public sector soon, hopefully working for the Local Government as this is where my heart is yearning to be.

What is your favourite dish (pick one Nigerian and one non-Nigerian)? Can you make either of them? 
Nigerian, I would say Egusi soup, yes I can cook it. And, non- Nigerian, I would say Jamaican curry goat and plain rice, yes I can cook this dish too.

Please tell us about one of your favourite pastimes/hobbies? What do you like about it? How often? 
I enjoy playing netball and swimming. I was playing netball weekly last year but have put it on the back burner this year. I try to go swimming fortnightly.

Surprise me with an unusual random fact about yourself? 
I danced in the Paralympic Opening Ceremony in London 2012 in the Olympic stadium and received a ‘Thank You’ letter from David Cameron for my participation.

Do you speak Igbo? If yes, how would you describe your skill level? If not, do you plan to learn? 
I speak basic Igbo, I’m trying to pick up the language here and there..we’ll see how it goes. I do speak pigeon English though.

If you were to have a dinner party and could invite three people to join you, who would they be and why (can be people you know or famous people both dead / alive)? 
In no particular order:
1) Beyonce Knowles- purely because I’m a fan, and hugely inspired by her art and music.
2) Oprah Winfrey- she empowers, motivates and inspires me from afar to be the best version of myself daily.
3) Shante Nwanaebi (my sister) – she was a lover of life, full of energy and one more day on earth with her would mean EVERYTHING! (And I know she’ll want to meet the above 2 also!)