Alumni Stories: Promise Udeme Akwaowo, A Finance Professional Seeking to Get Opportunities for Practicing Fintech

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Udeme Akwaowo Promise holds a Bsc in Finance and Banking from University of Port Harcourt. He is currently working as a Market Control Analyst in Nigerian Exchange Group which is the Capital Market Financial Services Industry in Lagos, Nigeria. He completed the “CFTE Global Fintech internship program” and the “THINK What is Fintech”?

The experience of collaborating with a team across the globe to work on a project like we were all in the same place was remarkable and being one as a team was fascinating.”

Udeme Akwaowo Promise, Market Control Analyst at Nigerian Exchange Group

CFTE: Given your Finance background, were there any insights you gained through your experiences that prompted you to learn more about Fintech?

Udeme: Yes there is as the increasing emergence of technology is evolving and most finance functions have been linked to Fintech as such, I felt it was imperative for me to learn more about the fundamentals of fintech. I gained insights from the Fintech Masterclass 360, AI in Finance and Platforms in Fintech.

CFTE: How have you implemented what you learned? 

Udeme: I was able to write a Fintech article on Nigeria and Africa titled “Fintech and the Nigerian Fintech Space” and I also followed an online fintech community called “Africa: The Big Deal” that talks about current finance related happenings in Africa. However, I am still open to learning more about Fintech and getting the opportunities to practice it will just be perfect, especially in the area of Data Analytics and AI in Finance,

CFTE: What did you enjoy about your learning experience and what were the main takeaways for you? 

Udeme: I really enjoyed the whole learning journey experience and the main takeaway was the reality that I partnered with passionate fintech colleagues across the globe. I was lucky enough to be part of a team to work on a Paypal Case Study Project called “How can Paypal retain its position of dominance and be the preferred payment provider among merchants?” using SWOT and PESTLE Analysis to identify the internal and external factors of the organisation’s environment. It was fascinating as well as remarkable being able to share ideas and knowledge with one another.

CFTE: Finally, if you had to describe your characteristics in 3 words, what would they be?

Udeme: Relentless, Ambitious, Focused

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