In today’s Meet the Team feature, we introduce Kunle Olamuyiwa, BitPesa’s Regional Head of Sales & Marketing – West Africa.
Who are you?
My name is Hassan Olakunle Olamuyiwa, born about 40 years ago in Lagos to lucky parents who both hailed from Ondo State in Nigeria. I am a gentle and humble person, with a passion for excellence, and love for IT, innovation, music and photography.
Where did you go to school?
My dad travelled a lot while I was growing up, so I can say I attended several schools, quite unusual for a normal kid. So my early days were spent at Itana Nursery School in Lagos, and I completed my Primary School at Nana Primary School in Warri, Delta State. I started secondary school at Urhobo College Effurun in Delta State, but had to continue at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Akure, Ondo State after my dad was re-deployed there. I had to move to another school, i.e. St. Joseph’s College Ondo to complete my SSCE though because my dad was redeployed back to Lagos.
My first degree would have been French Education, which I started at Edo State University Ekpoma, but I moved to Federal University of Technology Akure where I earned a B.Tech in Urban and Regional Planning in Feb 2000. I also completed an action learning MBA at Business School Netherlands through their Lagos Campus.
What team are you on?
Team Naija for sure. The Heartbeat of Africa. (laughs) I am the Regional Head of Sales & Marketing – West Africa at BitPesa.
How did you become part of BitPesa?
I saw a future that I wanted to be part of, and an avenue to learn more about the trends in fintech which most people overlook on a daily basis. When the opportunity came to join the team, I made up my mind to endure all the challenges that might come with the opportunity, knowing full well that the BitPesa business model will thrive enviously in this environment. I had to be a part of that and I am glad I got the chance.
What does a typical day at the office look like for you?
It starts with the expectation that sales will be made, and that’s the motivation to get going. A lot of fact finding in the early hours of the day on the market dynamics, to be able to determine the price of our products for the day. So as soon as the price is set for the day, external communication and negotiations begin to ensure that sales are made. I really enjoy talking to clients, negotiating with them, but the part I enjoy the most is when a sale is made. I think that’s typical for every sales person.
What tools do you use on a daily basis? Favourites?
Well, the most important tool I use on a daily basis is the Internet. Without the Internet, I doubt I would be able to do any work or get any information. My favourite internal app is Slack. I find it both directional and informative.
What sites do you spend most of your time on?
I spend most of my time on Google as a starting point, and Google Apps for work, mainly Gmail and Google Docs. I also keep close tabs on Financial Watch websites, FX Exchanges and BDC websites and also competitor news and activities.
What is the next skill set you would like to learn or expand upon?
I have had to sharpen my tact and diplomacy skills to be able to function effectively in my role at BitPesa. These are very important skills that I am always conscious about, and will continue to expand upon, amongst others.
What’s your least favourite thing about Lagos?
The traffic in Lagos has been acclaimed as a tourist attraction. I don’t find it amusing.
What is the last movie you watched?
13 hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. What a movie!
What book are you reading?
I am reading BODY LANGUAGE by Julius Fast.
A 7-day all expense paid family vacation to ANYWHERE would be a dream come true. They get to choose though.
What’s your favourite part of working at BitPesa?
I like the fact that everyone here is a family and works as such. We have the same goal and thrive to improve on our performance and processes day after day.
What goes on in your life outside of BitPesa?
For the times I am not thinking BitPesa, which is just a few minutes of everyday, I spend time with my family, and try to get other personal stuff done.
What is your favourite place to hang out in Lagos?
HOME. There is so much to do at home.
Where do you want to be in 15 years?
In 15 years, I would like to be a full-time consultant, investor and renowned innovator, working for myself.
Tell us something fun about you!
Well, I think it’s obvious that if I wasn’t doing a 9-to-5 job, I would probably be spinning wheels to make people dance or posting very nice pictures. However, my mum and very close friends think I would be a good comedian, and they also think I missed my life career of being an actor.