Ohikhuemeh, Stanley AyodejiStatement of PurposeGrowing up in a shantytown, in Lagos Nigeriawith epileptic power supply, limited internet connection, and poor social amenitiesgave me a strong determination and quest for knowledge.
I was determined togrow and explore my imaginations beyond my environment. With this mind-set, Iwas tagged a “star boy” in high school for showing traits of excellence. After highschool, I got involved with computers, programming and application packages. Iwas surprised how easy to learn and use the tools available to me at the time:MS-tools, PHP, MySQL, and mark-up languages.During college days, I had a friend whom Ispent a lot of time with ad we talked about many things from entertainment tobusiness.
He is the thought-oriented individual, who presents new ideas andapproaches, and I was the monitor evaluator, who analyses options, and an implementerwho puts ideas into action. We had a couple of ideas, which we had toexecute….hence, my journey into business and management.I was involved in writing business plans,market research, attending meeting just to set upo business, however our ideas werenot implemented in full.
We blamed it on capital, and limitation of our environment.After joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, Iworked with many organisations (as clients). I have to understand that thewhole business world is completely different. I had insights into how financewere raised for businesses, how finances were managed, corporate governanceeffectiveness, decision making on critical business matters. You want to knowwhy businesses take some decisions. How they make those decisions. What are thekey components of any business. What are some successful and others not.
I imagined business to be a professional venuewhere I could best maximize not only my skills and talents, also aspiration forservice. On completion… Help organisations gainbetter insights to their businesses. And help with strategic decision making My superpower lies in my ability to analyse largevolumes of information and work consistenty at a bvery high speed.
I am able tothingk about the way to get a job done faster that presented. This is somethingI do better than anyone else. Weaknesses isbeing shy and not being too outspoken.
Also reading lots of theories without practicals. Solving important problems and thereby buildingtrust in people matters most to me because…….. I would like to leave a legacy of ……………..
for my friends,family, co-workers, organization, or community People frequenlty praise me for my MS-excel skills,presentation, ability to reason along a situation. Trustworthy….that is the adjective people consistentlyuse to describe you. WHy What energizes or inspires you? What is your “truenorth”? Xxx school givesme the idyllic chance to foster my intellectual understanding of business and managementwithin a classroom setting, while exploring innovative ideas alongside througha diverse and global student body.
My short-term goal is to transition into StrategicManagement Consulting, is part of my ultimate objective, which is to design thebusiness model for a multinational corporation. With the disappearance ofeconomic borders and the emergence of transnational business networks and agreements,Duke’s rich curriculum and global perspective willfurnish me with the educational training and practical skills to achieve myprofessional aspiration. I have developed excellent technicalexperiences in auditing, tax consulting, and tax data management and analytics atPricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria.
I developed a variety of skill-sets thathave garnered both distinction and praise from clients, supervisors, and peers. Specifically, being team lead at a due diligencefor a major merger and acquisition, audit of a top telecommunication firm in Nigeria,and tax health check for a top FMCG company earned me a promotion. I was ableto save a client of huge tax liability worth a little less than half a million dollarsby reconciliation with the tax authorities coupled with the use of analytics. Juxtaposingmy technical capabilities and accomplishments, I cultivated ability to buildgood and sustainable relationship with clients, lead and empower colleagues, andenable business projects. However, in order to become a consummate StrategicConsultant for IBM, I still require the fundamental acumen in finance,accounting, marketing, and other core business areas. The opportunity to enrichmy knowledge of these fundamental disciplines, within an educational contextthat emphasise the importance of global business and internationalism, leads mesquarely toward Duke.
Duke’s unique curriculum is specifically tailoredto meet my educational requirements. First, the foursemester structure of theprogram will expose me to a broad array of courses cultivating fundamentalbusiness analysis skills. Second, the Strategy concentration curriculum withinternational strategy, strategy implementation, and international operationsmanagement will allow me to develop in-depth knowledge preparing me well for myimmediate aspirations of Strategic Consulting. In addition, this coursework willenhance my intellectual understanding of global business models and strategy,which will serve my long-term aim of leading a multinational corporation.
Dukealso boasts an extremely dynamic international student body, allowing me to learnamong leaders from all over the world and understand cultural similarities anddifferences. Moreover, in order to supplement my intellectual development withpractical consulting training, I will participate in Duke’s Deloitte CaseCompetition. Coupled with my business-oriented aims, I also aspire to continuemy commitment to educational awareness in the society. In line with thisspirit, I hope to plant the seeds for “early literacy program” in Durhamthrough the Net Impact Club. The Duke MBA’s rich curriculum is perhaps onlytrumped by its dynamic student body and world-class faculty, making it theideal setting to learn business and experience it in action. Although I cantruly envision my short and long term goal to lead in the area of globalbusiness, the Duke MBA will make this worldof opportunity a reality.