The diary of a young executive
Onyinyechi Eze, Head Digital Servies, BusinessDay Media
1. What was the last thing you did that requires courage?
A conversation: explaining that in technology there will be incidents, however workarounds exist to ensure uptime. This took a lot of courage in an industry that demands 100% uptime.
2. What have you done recently for the first time?
I did a photoshoot for the first time. I also tried squid for the first time and it tasted like fish but not the normal kind although I tried to pretend it was normal. I am also learning how to play the piano at this age.
3. What apps do you use the most often on your phone?
The most would be Daily bread and Apple note app, which is synched to my iPhone and Mac book pro and iMac in the office so I don’t miss any of the notes I take every day. I use twitter to find out what’s buzzing and Instagram for relaxation. I also use banking apps for daily transactions. I also used LinkedIn to keep up with what’s happening in my field of work, conferences, webinars and get motivational notes.
4. What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?
The first thing I do is check my phone for the time, urgent messages and then my app, the Daily bread app.
5. Who is your guru?
I have had so many. In my field there are more men than women and asides their backlash I would have to say Mark Zuckerberg is one of my mentors. He makes me wake up and think about how old I am, what am I doing with myself and what innovative thing I can do to solve a need.
6. What do you crave at the end of your typical long day?
I crave some chocolate chip ice-cream. Something crunchy, sweet or sour.
7. What song is currently playing in your head?
The last song I listened to was a Christian song titled ‘Scars’. The song currently playing in my head is ‘singing in the rain…’ by Gene Kelly.
8. Is there anything that you wish to understand more about?
I wish I understood that not everything is black and white; and there are other colours in this world. This is especially for me that grew believing that there is only good and evil. Understanding that everyone is different while appreciating everyone’s individuality. I wish I knew earlier in life how to accommodate people. Learning not to compare a lot because things can be different and things can be beautiful in its own accord.
9. How would you define success?
Success to me is, mapping out a goal and achieving it within a set time and a set place.
10. Are there any ideas in your head that you can’t really seem to shake off?
The idea of the world being a better place if people learn to show love. I believe a lot of people take a lot of pride in division and discord, but if we all work together the world would be a better place.
11. In your mind, what is worth paying for? Education, holidays, good food or…?
Education and training are worth paying for. With education I can get a lovely holiday and the best food anytime.
12. To whom did you address your last hand written letter/note to?
The last letter I wrote was a note to myself in 2015. It was a note to tell me what I want to achieve in a year, and I still refer to it every year when I remember it.