Ijeamaka- Publicity Executive

ijeWhat is your Igbo name?
Ijeamaka

What is the meaning of your Igbo name?
A beautiful journey

What State are you from?
Anambra

How long have you been a member of ICSN?
Just under 2 years

How did you first hear about ICSN and why did you decide to come?
I heard about ICSN through friends who were in the dance troupe but didn’t actually become a member until after I googled Igbo classes and discovered ICSN language school

What has been your favourite meeting, event or experience to date at ICSN and why? 
Favourite experience so far has been attending iri-ji. Prior to attending the ICSN event I had never celebrated or participated in any new yam festival celebrations so it was a great indoctrination!

What Executive position do you hold and what does your role involve?
PR Executive

What do you plan to do within your role in the over the next year? 
The plan is to continue to promote ICSN, our events, our values and igbo culture with the overarching aim of growing and expanding our network in addition to increasing engagement and building in our relationships with other young Igbos in the UK.

What are you looking forward to most being in the exec? 
I’m looking forward to feeling more part of an Igbo community consisting of people my age, regardless of how far along they are in their cultural journey (I myself have a lot of progress to make here!)

What motivated you to run to be part of the exec?
As mentioned I’ve been part of ICSN for a while now and have been following events for even longer. Marketing is something I do in my day to day life so i thought it would be a good way to get more involved.

What do you do for work?
Marketing manager

How did you get into this line of work?
I actually studied science but decided it wasn’t for me so did a number of internships post university and really enjoyed one of the marketing roles I did so chose to stick with it!

Any advice to anyone wanting to get into your field?
I work specifically in professional and financial services – the best way to take this route in marketing specifically would be internships or grad schemes and also through making the most of your personal networks.

What is your favourite dish (pick one Nigerian and one non Nigerian)? Can you make either of them? 
Nigerian = Suya + Asun (no onions!)
Non Nigerian = Groundnut soup  – Sierra Leonean dish
…And yes I can make them both

Please tell us about one of your favourite pastimes/hobbies? What do you like about it? How often? 
Travelling and theatre trips – at least one of these a month if possible!

Surprise me with an unusual random fact about yourself?
I’m a huge jazz fan and growing up always wanted to learn how to play the sax.. got as far as the clarinet before I gave up but I still love the sound of a saxophone

Do you speak Igbo? If yes, how would you describe your skill level? If not, do you plan to learn?
Sadly not, but I am trying!!

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)?
Michelle Obama, Oprah and Chimamanda Adichie because I’m all for female empowerment and think we could come up with some seriously life changing ideas!