Chinelo- Social Executive

IMG-20170425-WA0015

What is your Igbo name? Chinelo

What is the meaning of your Igbo name? God considers

What State are you from?Abia State – “God’s Own State”

How long have you been a member of ICSN?
I’ve been involved with ICSN since 2012, initially as a participant then as a member *covers face*.  I should have joined as a member from the outset.

How did you first hear about ICSN and why did you decide to come?
I first heard about ICSN through my sister & cousins (who both served on the Exec).  I decided to come because I heard a dance school was in the works and I wanted to get involved.

What has been your favourite meeting, event or experience to date at ICSN and why?
The Iri Ji’s are definitely my favourite but to mix it up a bit, my ‘other’ favourite event definitely has to be the 2016 Ogene and Chop.  It was the most fun event to organise, the most fun event to host, it all went to plan, the food was delicious, the music was on point, it was very well attended, everyone had fun, there was an excellent vibe, what more can I say.

What  Executive position do you hold and what does your role involve?
I make up 50% of the social team. The social executive role involves all things social. The main responsibility is essentially taking ownership of the multitude of events that are held throughout the tenure, being creative with them and executing them to a high standard. Other responsibilities include making sure said events are well attended, contributing social elements to the GHMs and also to posts on social media.

What do you plan to do within your role in the over the next year? 
Do events bigger and better than last year.  Bring in some new initiatives like social clubs that focus on our members hobbies/interests.

What are you looking forward to most being in the exec? 
Working with new people and doing bigger and better things than last year.

What motivated you to run to be part of the exec?
I did it last tenure, had a fulfilling experience so wanted to do it again. It was as simple as that really.

What position did you hold before and when? 
Social Exec 2016/17 tenure

Why did you decide to run again?
Being on the Exec is very fulfilling, I can only describe it as Youth Service in London. You feel like you’re doing something for the betterment of your culture and community.

What new/different will you bring to your role this time?
Some new initiatives still in the planning stage.  Watch this space.

What do you do for work?
I work for a pharmaceutical company in Regulatory Affairs.  In layman terms that means managing the activity required for a company to sell/market their products in a country, my focus being the Middle East & North Africa. 

How did you get into this line of work?
I studied Pharmacy in university and needed to move away from the conventional route of working in a Community Pharmacy.  I enjoyed my industry related modules in uni so after doing my research I decided this was the path for me.

Any advice to anyone wanting to get into your field?
Network with people that are already in the field. The industry is small and there is always someone that is prepared to help.

What are your plans for the future career wise?
From a career perspective, I want to be awesome at what I do and continue to move up in rank – at least to Director level #Aspirations

What is your favourite dish (pick one Nigerian and one non Nigerian)? Can you make either of them?
My favourite Nigerian dish is probably a good jollof rice, with plantain (mandatory requirement), chicken and coleslaw.  My favourite non-Nigerian dish is a good carbonara.  I can make both 🙂

Please tell us about one of your favourite pastimes/hobbies? What do you like about it? How often? 
One of my favourite hobbies is travelling.  I enjoy finding out about different cultures and exploring new sites.  As for how often, last year I went away 5/6 times.  I’ve been away twice this year so far.

Surprise me with an unusual random fact about yourself?
I hate domestic cats but I love wild ones

Do you speak Igbo? If yes, how would you describe your skill level? If not, do you plan to learn? I plan to improve my grammar and increase my confidence.
A su m obere – I speak small but not with confidence.  I don’t like to be laughed at.

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)?
Hmm.. from a cultural perspective: Oliver de Coque (for background music), Ojukwu and my dad (for insightful conversation).
From a life perspective: Michelle Obama, Paulo Coelho & TD Jakes.. I think a dinner with these three characters would leave me feeling inspired, leave me feeling like I could conquer the world.