It’s so easy to locate Samirah in the office because her uniquely piercing voice always gives her off. Whenever she speaks, her voice resonates across the room with so much power and authority that you have no choice but to listen to what she has to say.
The Irony is that she rarely contributes to conversations but when she does, know that you’re in for a great time as she has such a vast wealth of knowledge.
Samirah likes to stay under the radar but in truth, she’s actually a wonder woman… Davido missed a chance to have her on his videoq.
She was a one time National Secretary for the Nigerian Alumni Association of Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Centre West Africa, two time Secretary for YALI Network Abuja and the cherry on top is that she’s a Mandela Washington Fellow. Do you see why she’s a wonder woman?
One amazing thing about her you can’t overlook is that she’s really vocal about supporting women's rights, so you can call her our in house feminist.
What about this business scares you the most?
My work requires me to interface with input suppliers to purchase seeds, fertilizers, and harvests and in your mind, you’re thinking, “What if the price is not fair and I’m getting a bad deal?” Things like this scare me sometimes but I have been on the job for almost 2 years now and I’ve gotten the hang of it.
What has Thrive Agric taught you about Agriculture?
I have learned that Agriculture is bigger than just digging a hole and putting seeds in the ground.
People tend to overlook the massive opportunities in the value chain in Agriculture and Thrive Agric has taught me to look at Agriculture from the broad angle of Agribusiness and I think if people can do the same, they’ll see the massive opportunities in Agriculture.
I have also learnt that you can make a lot of money from Agriculture without lifting a hoe or a cutlass.
Why did you join Thrive Agric?
At the time, I’d just completed my service year, I was passionate about volunteering and when the opportunity came to explore the Agriculture field, I was like, why not give it a try? In addition, when the Founders shared the dream and vision of Thrive Agric, I was totally sold on the idea.
What do you do at Thrive Agric and under what circumstances do we need to wake you up at night?
I work with the commercial and business team as an analyst and the only thing that will wake me up at night is if I hear a truckload of grains is missing lol and that has never happened so I always enjoy my sleep.
What’s your best time to work?
Mornings because I’m calm and I focus better in the morning.
What’s your favourite quote?
I love different quotes but if I had to choose one, I would pick Mahatma Gandhi’s which says “in a gentle way, you can shake the world”.
Which movie would you watch 12 times on repeat?
I rarely repeat movies, but if I had to, it would definitely be Empress Ki. A Chinese TV series about a woman that rose from being a palace maid to become an Empress in China’s Yuan dynasty and she eventually built her own Dynasty.
Coke or Pepsi.
What’s the biggest thing you pulled off at Thrive Agric that you didn’t think you would be able to?
I don’t like tooting my own horn but for over a year, I managed the whole commercial department of Thrive Agric. It was really intense. Sometimes I had to travel to 3 different states in the same week and after the stressful journey, I would still have to spend long hours filling out reports and make sure the numbers added up. Although it was tasking and challenging, it was really fun.
How do you unwind?
I watch movies over and see nice places with my friends. There’s this game house I love to go to in Gwarinpa
Who’s your go-to buddy at the office?
What’s your most memorable moment at Thrive Agric?
We went paintballing last year and my team won. It was really fun. There was also this time myself and other team members went to the biggest commodity market in Zaria. That was the first time I saw a market exclusive to only grains.
What’s your typical day like?
I have this habit of buying dates every morning, then I make calls to check up on ongoing transactions and then focus on spreadsheets for different transactions to make sure that all is in order.
Who would you beat at the office?
Ayo Arikawe(He knows why.)
What’s the one thing that surprised you about working at Thrive Agric
I love the flexibility that comes with the workspace, the relationship with everyone, there’s never a dry moment at work and sometimes you forget that it’s already 5 pm.
There’s also plenty of room to innovate, you’re not boxed in and you can explore as much you want as long as you get your tasks done.
What’s the biggest misconception people have about you/your position?
People think I don’t do much.
What is an energy booster for you outside of work?
I go to the cinema a lot, you can call me a movie head. There’s no week I don’t visit the cinema. I think the last movie I saw was Birds of Prey and I think it was alright, but not so great
What do you do when things feel like they are turning around on your head?
I leave everything I’m doing, pick up my phone and play games. Puzzle games are my favourite because I find them mentally stimulating and when I’m done, everything becomes as clear as day.
Michael Jackson or Prince?
Who is your go-to person for motivation at work?
What is your favourite spot in the office?
There’s this room in the Tech room. People hardly go there and sometimes when I need to make myself scarce, I go there.
Free Food or Free wifi every day?
Free food please, no need to think twice. Who wifi epp?
What’s the one thing you are learning now and how’s it important?
So, I’m currently learning interpersonal skills. People say I can be a little bit tough, so I’m learning how to take it easy on people.
If you could eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken and Beef Shawarma with two sausages!!!!
Is Amala trash?
I love Amala!!! It’s actually my best food with Ewedu, Gbegiri and correct meat.
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be?
Achieving Unlimited Dreams
Who has influenced you the most at Thrive Agric?
Ayo Arikawe. He keeps me accountable and he brings the best out of me. I know he’ll be feeling like a superstar when he reads this.
How would you describe yourself?
I’m at the self-discovery stage of my life, so I’m learning a lot right now and slowly building myself brick by brick. I’m intentional about everything I do now and I’m sure it’ll pay off eventually.
What books have totally changed your life?
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
What’s your productivity hack?
Thinking critically and strategise before executing tasks.
Describe your daily experience at Thrive Agric workspace with every team member?
Fun and exciting, filled with great conversations. Then I end the day by beating anyone that comes my way on MK11 on PlayStation.
What do you love to do outside work? Any superpowers we should know of?
I love volunteering with NGOs. Even before I joined Thrive Agric, I am passionate about volunteering and even now that I work 9–5, sometimes 6 pm, I still find time to do volunteer work from time to time.
What’s your regular lunch at work?
I have been eating lots of fruits but on days I want to take a break, I enjoy a plate of Amala with Gbegiri and Ewedu.
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