What is your Igbo name? Ishioma
What is the meaning of your Igbo name? Good or lucky head
What State are you from? Delta State
How long have you been a member of ICSN? Ermmm since 2013 – I’ve been a member of the dance troupe, Egwu Oganiru since then too 🙂
How did you first hear about ICSN and why did you decide to come? Through the Dance Troupe! I went to the Iri-Ji Festival in Havistock back in 2011 and saw some beautiful ladies dancing. The next year I went to dance school led by Kaosochi and the rest is history!
What has been your favourite meeting, event or experience to date at ICSN and why? I’ve had too many favourites but Iri-Ji 2012 – when the ICSN Dance Troupe (Egwu Oganiru) graced the stage for the very first time has to be up there as my fave. It was amazing showcasing moves learnt at dance school that summer and to perform to such an exciting crowd. That performance was the birth of Egwu Oganiru, and as a member, Iri-Ji and the run-up to that day is my much-loved time of the year. In addition to Iri-Ji, every wedding, birthday party, award show and music video where I, alongside the ever energetic, award winning Egwu Oganiru get to promote the Igbo culture and ICSN through dance has been a blessing.
What Executive position do you hold and what does your role involve? Social Executive – Providing social events to all the lovely people all year round. This involves, researching and securing a venues, promoting the event, providing music, food and snacks and making sure there are activities within the events where people can make acquaint.
What do you plan to do within your role in the over the next year? More of the same as the previous year but better – what does better mean? Buy your ticket, invite 3 friends and see 🙂
What are you looking forward to most being in the exec? Working with such a determined team.
What motivated you to run to be part of the exec? All my good friends in ICSN, including dance troupe members had held positions over a number of years and had urged me to come forward. I had ummed and ahhed for far too long and well ICSN do great things and, quite simply, I wanted to be part of something great.
What position did you hold before and when? Social Exec 16/17 with the legendary Chinelo O
Why did you decide to run again? How could I not! Last year was so much fun, I learnt so much, made more friends and equipped myself with lifelong skills. The feeling of hype and relief midway through an event, looking at the people who came from their houses and are enjoying themselves – remembering the amount of WhatsApp messages sent to make the event happen and the late nights and lunch breaks selling tickets! It’s a beautiful feeling.
What new/different will you bring to your role this time? The social execs have proven that we can deliver exciting events so I want us to focus on other aspects, working closely with business and finance to getting sponsorship for these events
What do you do for work? I work in Compliance for an Investment bank on the Wealth side.
How did you get into this line of work? I sort of fell into it. I was very analytical in University and one job kind of led me to another and was employed based on my skills. I have taken a few exams whilst on the job which have helped in promotions
Any advice to anyone wanting to get into your field? Compliance has been described as the new Rock and Roll and I encourage it highly. It’s a very fast paced line of work, educational
What are your plans for the future career wise? To get more global work experience, to pass my exams and work my way to consultancy.
What is your favourite dish (pick one Nigerian and one non Nigerian)? Can you make either of them? Plantain and Plantain!!
Please tell us about one of your favourite pastimes/hobbies? What do you like about it? How often? I love dancing! It’s expressive, cheap cardio. You can do it alone, with your partner, with your girls, in a studio, on the street or in the bathroom (be mindful of your space!)
Surprise me with an unusual random fact about yourself? I struggled to tell the time well into my early 20s (all is ok now, until the clocks go back)
Do you speak Igbo? If yes, how would you describe your skill level? If not, do you plan to learn? I do not, I can hear a bit but I have to learn ASAP
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)? Ermmmm…. Just 3?! *types quick*
- My Personal Person- because!
- My Mother – she birthed me and can be quite hilarious
- The other Social Exec – wouldn’t be a party without her tbh!
P.S…Smokey Okey will be the Chef DJ Neptizzle aka DJ Nnamdi will provide the beats 🙂 Egwu Oganiru will help me bend down! 🙂 🙂