As we hire new talents at Bridge, we typically ask a bunch of fun and personal questions that we send out to the entire team in an effort to break the ice, as many other companies do. We thought we could go a step further and also share these with you, our clients and partners, because we appreciate so much the relationships we have been building together over the years.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time at the wharves, watching the ships come and go. I always wondered about the passengers, who they were, where they lived, and how nice it would be to go to sleep in Lagos and wake up someplace else. The truth is, no matter where we are from we are all immigrants to another person's country and that is why our mission here at Bridge is very dear to my heart. I believe that everyone should be treated with respect and empathy no matter where they find themselves. As an immigrant, I understand the challenges that international employees face and the turbulence companies face with hiring, retention, and navigating the immigration climate with constantly changing laws and legislation. My duty here is to change the narrative, especially around how companies hire international talent
- Where were you born? I was born in Anambra, Nigeria during the civil rights riot, but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria.
- When you were little, who was your favorite superhero? Definitely professor X, he gave a lot of mutant kids a place to stay and would on occasion throw bad guys away with his mind. He is still one of the only people who could get Wolverine and Cyclops out of rage mode, hence, Professor X can do no wrong in my eyes.
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? Edible worms, Sago worms, one of the not so popular street foods from South Central Nigeria. One time I had this crazy idea to harvest Sago worms myself, let's just say it ended very badly for me.
- What is the favorite city you have visited outside the United States? Istanbul: it’s a perfect blend of ancient and modern, East and West, and
everything in between. The food scene is insane, Turkish delight, baklava, shish kabobs, and shawarma. What’s not to love about this city? It's a shopper's paradise with all my favorite things on every street corner.
- If you could visit any place in the world where would it be and why? Egypt: Besides being the place where it all started, I’ve always wanted to see the pyramids, ancient sarcophagi, and hieroglyphs. There is something very fascinating about experiencing bits and pieces of history first hand.
- If you forget to plug your headphones in at work on Monday, what song are we most likely to hear? Yemi Alade - Na Gode or some good 'ol afrobeat, which is basically feel-good music from the motherland, hugely popularized by the late legend, Fela.
- What is the most recent thing you completed on your bucket list? Going to a circus, the first time I saw a circus was the Hunchback of Notre Dame. For some reason, I’d always associated bells and tambourines with circuses.
- What is your favorite sports team? The Nigerian Bobsled team, not only because of my irrational love for winter sports but because these ladies are the first African team to compete in the Winter Olympics. They have inspired me to be resilient in the face of adversity.
- What is your most used emoji?
- What is your favorite app on your phone? Kindle: I love books and kindle is like an all you can eat buffet but for books. The best thing about it is you could read a sample and decide if you want to read the whole book.
- If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be? Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Obama, and Barbara Corcoran. I’m sure that it would be a very refreshing conversation. All three ladies are both inspiring and inherently funny.
- What is the scariest thing you've ever done for fun? Street ziplining, one of those spur of the moment things. I will certainly not be trying it again. Pro tip: Don’t think of falling off or getting stuck in the middle!
- What is your favorite TV show of all time? Avatar: The Last Airbender. Excellent storytelling, I feel like I went on the journey through the four kingdoms with Aang and his friends. They set the bar really high for movie adaptations.
- If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be? Watching a ton of work out videos before actually working out...
- Besides working at Bridge (of course!) what is your dream job? Author/Writer: I grew up reading books from literary greats and even joined the Charles Dickens fan club. I believe that the ability to expertly tell stories that captivate your audience is a very interesting art form. It is ultimately a job that allows me to express my creativity and use my imagination.