Your story: Bolanle Nnaji
Bolanle Nnaji talks us through her best and worst experiences in her career as an IFA member in Nigeria, along with her future plans and what makes her tick.
Describe yourself to us … I'm Bolanle Nnaji, an accountant by profession in Nigeria and also a chartered accountant and a member of the IFA and IPA. I've had the privilege of working in audit and assurance, risk management, internal controls and management accounting in my career. This has been with consulting firms and within the oil and gas industry.
Why is the future bright with the IFA?
It is bright because I get to work and strategise with brilliant minds in the institute. I will also have the opportunity of inspiring upcoming professionals and be a role model.
What is the most interesting part about your job?
I get exposed to solving financial problems for various sectors of the economy; I have the privilege of knowing how the oil and gas sector operates, and I rub shoulders with great leaders and talents. I get to make strategic decisions that relate to the survival, growth and development of our business.
Most embarrassing/funny moment in your career … When I fell into a front roll during tug of war for the Gordeller Team during KPMG’s games. While my team was being dragged by the opponent, I fell flat on the ground.
Best/most inspirational moment in your career?
The most inspirational moments are times I sit at board meetings with decision makers of the business. I have had the privilege of doing this in both an oil and gas organisation and a Big Four consulting firm.
Who is your role model, in life or in your career and why?
My role model is IFA Nigeria representative Olanrewaju (Larry) Sharafa. He's an icon, multi-talented, diligent, motivated motivator, a great leader and professional.
My favourite food is fruity Greek yogurt.
Most useful tech tool or app – and why?
Eaudit – very effective for audit, QuickBooks because I use it for accounting records purposes.
How do you spend your time away from your role?
My time away from my role is for my family. I also exercise, read, watch movies and hang out with friends.
What do you see as the path ahead for you and you career?
I hope to start a consulting firm where I get to give back my pool of experience to the accounting profession, and also create employment opportunity for younger professionals.