What is your Igbo name?
Aha m bu Ogechi (My name is Ogechi).
What is the meaning of your Igbo name?
It means God’s time.
What State are you from?
How long have you been a member of ICSN?
Over a year and a half.
How did you first hear about ICSN and why did you decide to come?
My friend Chinedu told me about it after I attended a movie screening “Nzingha” in 2015.
What has been your favourite meeting, event or experience to date at ICSN and why?
Iri ji. I felt a real sense of community amongst our people.
What Executive position do you hold and what does your role involve?
I hold the position of Public Relations which involves managing the social media platform. This allows people to know when GHM and other exciting events are happening!
What do you plan to do within your role in the over the next year?
With my role as PR, I plan to bring new ideas to promote Igbo culture and to do the best of my ability using social media.
What are you looking forward to most being in the exec?
Being active, engaged and involved in the team as well as bringing new ideas.
What motivated you to run to be part of the exec?
I think as everyone knows me lol! I wanted to be able to be part of the team as I have ideas that will help ICSN grow to a better place. Also feel I am giving back something to Ndi Igbo.
What do you do for work?
I am currently finishing my Master’s in Public Health while working in the ophthalmology department at Western Eye Hospital where I run clinical tests on patients
How did you get into this line of work?
After I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science degree in 2015, I had completed many internships and volunteering in the NHS and in Harley Street. I stumbled across ophthalmology as a field of interest to go into as I wanted to be an ophthalmologist at one point, why not get experience!
Any advice to anyone wanting to get into your field?
Research, research, make sure you are passionate for working in the health/medical health field.
What are your plans for the future career wise?
My future plans involves being a doctor or working as a public health consultant and being happy and successful.
What is your favourite dish (pick one Nigerian and one non Nigerian)? Can you make either of them?
Ofe Egusi and Thai food. I can make ofe egusi, the best ooooo. Thai food I can depending on the dish lool.
Please tell us about one of your favourite pastimes/hobbies? What do you like about it? How often?
My hobbies are reading Igbo literature, going to the gym, writing poetry and stories. Out of these, I enjoy writing the most as I am creative person, and I like to share my poems with others to enjoy.
Surprise me with an unusual random fact about yourself?
I am left handed
Do you speak Igbo? If yes, how would you describe your skill level? If not, do you plan to learn?
Yes, I speak Igbo. I would say fluently, but growing up hearing and speaking two different dialects, nne m bu onye Anambra na nna m bu onye Imo state (my mother is Anambra and my dad is Imo), at times I mix the two lol!
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)?
Chinua Achebe, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and Chimamanda Adichie. These 3 individuals are my inspiration out of many. Achebe inspires me to continue writing. Ojukwu’s charisma and courage inspired me to be proud and never back down in the face of adversity. Chimamanda’s tenacity and boldness, her eloquence, femininity and how she carries herself as an Igbo woman in today’s society pushes me to own myself as an Igbo woman. Proudly Igbo!