Working at one of the FAANG companies (Facebook (now Meta), Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) is certainly a big deal for a lot of techies, whether they come from Africa or elsewhere.
Having the opportunity to work side by side with some of the brightest minds on the planet, gaining knowledge from them, contributing to their knowledge, and, of course, having the bragging rights that come along with this makes obtaining a job with any of these companies very appealing.
On its LinkedIn page a little over a week ago, Amazon made the announcement that its International Event team would be holding an interviewing event in Lagos, Nigeria, from August 1 through August 5, 2022, for individuals interested in applying for the position of Software Developer II in the Consumer division of the company.
They should also be open to the possibility of relocating to the United States of America, Canada, or Ireland.
One thing is for certain, and that is that this is not the first time that an American company has hired people from Africa. In addition to Meta, Amazon employs a number of exceptionally talented Nigerians.
Here is a list of ten Nigerians currently employed by Amazon that you should be aware of.
Amazon has appointed Oluwanifemi Odeyinde to the role of Employee Relations and HR Compliance Manager. Oluwanifemi has worked as a human resource executive for more than nine years, during which time he has collaborated with a wide variety of organizations across Middle East and Africa.
She has a wealth of experience in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical, and shipping industries, having worked previously for Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Hapag-Lloyd AG respectively. Her background spans all three of these fields.
At the esteemed Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Osun State, Oluwanifemi received both her bachelor's degree in Geography and her master's degree in Business Administration.
Felix Ekwueme, who was born in Nigeria but is now a citizen of the United States, works as a Product Management Lead for Amazon. Along his path, he has held positions at IBM, where he was responsible for developing the product known as IBM Marketplace. He has also been a soldier in the United States Army Reserves.
Additionally, he has held the position of chief product officer at ICE Commercial Power, where he was responsible for developing an analytics-driven solar energy solution that is currently implemented by Microsoft and General Electric. He gave advice on how to apply for jobs on Amazon and how to interview for those jobs at Techpoint's Twitter Spaces.
Olufunbi Falayi is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University. He is also the co-founder of the company Klump and has worked for well-known companies such as Google. At the moment, he works for Amazon as a Senior Product Manager for the Amazon Payments Products division.
It is interesting to note that he has also worked for venture capital firms such as Savannah Fund and incubators/accelerators such as Passion Incubator, in addition to being a partner at Yellowwood Capital. He was a speaker at Techpoint Inspired 2018 and was featured on Techpoint's 2 Minute Tuesday program.
Ijeoma Uhuegbulem, who holds a law degree from the University of Lagos in Lagos State and currently works as a Senior Supply Chain Analyst for Amazon out of their office in Luxembourg, Germany,
She was born and raised in Port Harcourt, which is located in the state of Rivers. After spending one year working as a lawyer, she realized that she had a strong interest in data and made the decision to switch careers.
After gaining experience as a legal secretary at Pentagon Partners, a law firm located in Lagos, she relocated to BAM Technology, a provider of blockchain solutions, and found work there as a business analyst.
She also worked at Sterling Bank as a technical documentation officer during one of her previous jobs.
Ijeoma has been employed by Amazon since October 2021. She received her Master of Science degree in Digital Marketing and Data Science from Emylon Business School in France.
At Amazon, Emmanuel is a specialist in the procurement of military goods. The graduate of Babcock University who now works for an FAANG company is primarily responsible for recruiting former service members for open positions at Amazon. They have more than five years of experience in recruitment.
He has previous experience working as the Head of Recruitment for Jiji, as a Recruitment Specialist for Productive People Ltd., and as a Recruitment Analyst for Platinum Careers.
Diepiriye " Piriye " Anga, who was born in Nigeria to Nigerian parents, has been employed by Amazon as a Corporate Counsel since May 2021. She has prior experience working for illustrious law firms such as Aluko and Oyebode and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, both of which are located in New York.
She is an advocate for human rights and has worked with Amnesty International. In 2017, she was a member of the team that successfully petitioned President Barack Obama to commute the life sentence of a prisoner who had been sentenced to life in prison.
Uthman Adebanjo is currently employed by Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Cloud Support Engineer (Analytics), and he does his work out of the Cape Town office in South Africa.
He has more than nine years of experience in database administration, data analysis, scripting and reporting, as well as query optimization, and he is an expert in the field of business intelligence and ETL solutions.
After graduating from the University of Lagos, the individual worked for GTBank for nine years, rising through the ranks from Graduate Trainee to Data Engineer before moving on to a position at Amazon.
At Amazon Web Services, Adeyemi Adetuwo is employed in the Cloud Security department.
Since he received his degree in Information Security Analysis from Ashesi University in Ghana, he has been working as an Information Security Analyst for businesses such as Firstbank, Stanbic IBTC, and Reliance Infosystems.
Adebodun Aina currently works for Amazon as a Pathways Senior Operations Manager. He received his MBA from Harvard.
Before he started working for Amazon, he was a Business Analyst at McKinsey, where he worked on improving the vaccine supply chain for a primary health client to help reduce the spread of diseases like polio. He also led the development of a tax revenue generation strategy for one of the most populous countries in Africa. Before joining Amazon, he worked for McKinsey.
In addition to that, he was the leader of the materials management strategy for the construction of a public power plan project, which was a channels revenue growth transformation for a multinational telecommunications company. He developed and put into action a number of different strategies for increasing the operational effectiveness of businesses in various industries.
Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo was the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Amazon Prime Video & Studios and the General Manager for the Prime Video US Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service. She also oversaw the company's marketing efforts. In June of 2022, she tendered her resignation as CMO.
Throughout the course of her career, she has been honored with more than fifty different awards and accolades for her work in achieving exceptional market-leading results and delivering creative campaigns and innovations.
In the past, she has held the position of Chief Marketing Officer at both M.A.C. Cosmetics and Coty, as well as Senior Global Director for Knorr at Unilever.
Even though she is no longer employed by the company, she is one of the Nigerians who worked at Amazon who you should remember, despite the fact that you are reading this after the fact.
[NOTE FROM THE EDITOR] All of the information that is presented in this article was gleaned from LinkedIn as well as other publicly accessible sources on the internet.