Interswitch has highlighted the need for more Nigerians, alongside other Africans, to take an active part in bringing about the anticipated transformation on the continent, with technology as one of its drivers.
This message was delivered on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Interswitch Career Fair which held at the Landmark Event Center, Victoria Island in Lagos. The event was organised to educate Nigeria’s young population on opportunities to utilise their talents and skills to address Africa’s persistent challenges.
The robust event line-up was specially curated to drive home this messaging, with senior employees of Interswitch sharing relevant career advice and industry insights with the audience made up of experienced and entry-level career professionals.
Attendees were reminded of the need to create alliances with purpose-driven corporate organisations, and to collaborate with them to accelerate the anticipated change in Africa. As a leader in the payments business, Interswitch has often formed alliances with an overarching goal of creating sustainable solutions for Africans.
The fair, split into two sessions, featured two keynote speakers; the Chief Customer Success Officer at Interswitch, Oremeyi Akah who gave a passionate narration of the inspiring Interswitch story, and Group Director, Digital Transformation at ARM HoldCo, Ina Alegwu, an ex-Interswitch employee, who doled out practical career growth tips for those looking to grow their careers in tech.
While addressing the attendees at the gathering, Oremeyi spoke on the importance of collaborations and the need to create tailor-made solutions for Africa, noting that Interswitch's key driving force was its vision of a prosperous Africa, brought about by African talent.
She went further to explain the shared vision of bringing together a highly skilled team of young Nigerians to craft sustainable solutions that will address peculiar African challenges and improve living conditions on the continent, citing the story of the Verve brand as an example. According to her
"The Verve Card brand is proof that Africans can develop tailor-made solutions to address African challenges. Interswitch is positioned to inspire Africa to greatness, and we hope you'll join us," Akah added.
Alegwu urged the participants to align with organisations that present the opportunity for transformation, recommending Interswitch as a place to find such a transformation. He further highlighted the importance of having more Nigerians in the tech space, as the sector holds immense possibilities, with a heavy focus on the financial technology industry, which is solving the payments issues faced in Nigeria and on the continent.
The Chief Human Resources Officer at Interswitch, Franklin Ali, explained that the fair was convened to serve as a guide for those interested in developing a career in the technology space, adding that another motivator is the goal to support adaptive individuals with potential.
"We want to support people with potential, who are willing to learn and grow, and do a good job. We want to create a talent community and a learning community for the tech hub essentially; that is why we put this together,” Ali said.
As a leader in the fintech ecosystem, Interswitch remains an enabler, providing tools and platforms, like the career fair, to facilitate success, while also attracting competitive talents. With an understanding of the African payments landscape, Interswitch is poised to support the development of practical solutions well into the future.