Personality profile is a special report brought to you on weekly basis by ACEGIST on distinguished persons in Africa and beyond.
The report highlights the early life of a particular person in focus, his/her educational background, career, and achievements in life.
In this week edition of the report, we feature a profile of a young lady, who is passionate about giving it back to the society ( charity ), which of course has earned her a fame in Nigeria and beyond; she is a real symbol of an ideal African Lady, well mannered, intelligent, a socio-political and Economic Analyst, a social media influencer, an empowerment Activist, a Banker, a Philanthropist – kind hearted, accessible, charismatic Lady with a resemblance of a beautiful “Ihuoma” described in “The prose book titled “The Concubine” … She goes by the name Safiya Stephanie Musa.
In a bid to dig deep into her personality, when ACEGIST asks about her person, she has this to say:
” I am the second of six children; born to an exceptionally gentle Muslim man and a distinguished Christian Mother.
Though, I am from Idah Local Government Area in Kogi State but I grew up in Kaduna where I attended the Army Children School, Kakuri and Federal Government Girls’ College (FGGC), Gboko, Benue State.
After my secondary school education, I had to wait for six months before we wrote JAMB because in our own time we did not write JAMB until December.
I got a job immediately before getting admission into the Bayero University Kano (BUK) to study Economics.
I have received further education at several institutions, including; University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School, Yale University and INSEAD Business School.
I was recently conferred with a Doctorate awarded by the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria.
I am a Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN), Member of the Project Management Institute, Fellow of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, a Member of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), and a Mentor, Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)”.
Wao! a very reach and intimidating background you may say but ACEGIST is not done with her yet as its went further to ask about how she got into banking and her experience combining banking with her humanitarian job? She responds this way;
“I began my banking career almost fifteen years ago as a graduate trainee.
I always wanted to work in a bank, considering I read Economics and was comfortable with figures.
For me, it was First Bank or the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) but First Bank became the first available option and thus my career in banking began.
I remember my Aunty had told me they were taking applications and so I travelled back to Kaduna from Port Harcourt where I was serving to submit my CV.
I was invited to write a test, and a few months later, an interview.
After the interview, I got the First Bank Job.
I also went through the stages for a CBN job.
It’s funny that after FirstBank offered me a job and I was sent for induction training, the CBN job came through.
I had fallen in love with the processes and culture at FirstBank and didn’t see the need for a change.
So I have remained and grown with FirstBank.
Copping with banking job with humanitarian job, I must admit it’s tasking but worth it.
Most of my Humanitarian activities where I have to be physically present happen weekends, so I work daily.
My bank Management has been very supportive of my Humanitarian work, and even named me their FirstWoman in celebration of International Women’s day last year.
FirstBank does a lot of humanitarian activities as part of its Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability (CRS) endeavours, and encourages her staff to give back.
I actually got more involved in my Humanitarian work when the bank introduced its Employee Volunteer Scheme (EVS), for employees.
The bank even partnered with SMHC recently to carry out a Medical Outreach in Kano”.
Talking on her impact in the society, it may interest us to know that, Her Excelkency, Safiya Stephanie Musa, is the cofounder of “EduShine Foundation” which she had used and still using to show socour and help lift many out of poverty.
She speaks on Edushine Foundation;
” EduShine Educational Support Foundation is a young non-profit in the field of education.
It was set up to assist students of public schools to maximise their educational potentials by paying school fees, providing extramural classes, mentoring program and online-based educational resources.
Through this effort, we help promote inclusive and quality education and lifelong learning for all, thereby substantially helping to achieve the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 4.
The Foundation also provides funding to small-scale business owners through an initiative called the ‘The Power Of N50k’.
That initiative helps the unemployed.
We offer them grants and interest free loans to set up small scale businesses.
We also teach them to write business plans and how to organise their finances via a financial profit and loss forecast.
Power of N50K helped twenty three (23) people to launch businesses in 2017, we sponsored ten (10 ) in 2018 and we plan to support seventeen (17) new businesses in 2019 (we’ve supported fifteen (15) so far in 2019).
We also sponsored fifty (50) Indigent Students to enable them register and write the 2019 JAMB Exams.
We recently partnered with Irede Foundation to raise funds for Amputees especially children.
We also partner with Emerge Women to train women involved in politics.
So far, We’ve had two trainings in Abuja and Lagos.
We also partnered with Radiance Empowerment Initiative to train 870 Kogi Women & Youths in various Skill Acquisition.
We are in first quarter of 2019 and we intend to do more however, this depends on raising the funding.
Our website has Practice Question Area containing questions grouped into Subjects https://edushinefoundation.ngo/resources/practice-exams.
Students who are writing WAEC can go there to practice.
It marks your answers immediately and gives explanations.
It’s open to everyone. I am also using that to refresh my brain.
Edushine Foundation has a three pronged strategy.
We support Internally Displaced People in camps.
We fund unemployed people who want to set up small businesses.
We also provide financial educational support for indigent students in public schools, and University students who cannot pay their tuition.
We just concluded a fundraising to pay the fees of some final year University students unable to resume because they could not afford to pay.
EduShine Foundation have also mobilised and participated in medical and humanitarian outreaches to help victims of the Boko Haram conflict in Borno and Yobe states respectively.
In Maiduguri, we went into several Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps to provide medical care, food, clothing etc.
With our medical outreaches, we work with Smile Mission Health Care (SMHC), an NGO team of passionate dedicated medical personnel, made up of doctors, nurses, psychologists, nutritionists etc.
We also donate relief materials.
In Yobe, we went to Buni Yadi and for the first time in the two years after Boko Haram were driven out, we provided a medical outreach in the city.
Via our medical outreaches in the North East in partnership with SMHC, we have treated and ministered to over 6,000 IDPs”.
Her Excellency, Safiya Stephanie Musa, who is an advocate of gender mainstreaming sees her Mother and her engagements as Captain of Girls’ Guides during her secondary School days as driving force to humanitarian interest.
When asked specifically of her mentorship, she has this to state;
” I would say I am a lady of many Mentors.
My late best friend inspired me a lot, we were age mates and class mates, but she had tall dreams, for me she was an inspiration and got things going.
She would make up her mind she wants to do something and she would get it done.
For the Banking beat, there are a few like HRH Sanusi Muhammad Sanusi who made me realize it’s okay to be bold and confident, my DMD Mr Francis Shobo, who inspired me to work hard from when he was my BDM in Port Harcourt, and also my Chairman, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, who is the First female Chairman of First Bank.
She motivates me to aim for that position.
I actually introduced myself to her the first time I met her and requested her mentorship.
This was long before she became Chairman.
When I was stationed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), heading our rep office in Abu Dhabi, I met my Emirati Mom, Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari.
She is one of the most successful businesswomen in the Middle East.
She is a great inspiration especially when it comes to philanthropy.
I was satisfied with my philanthropic activities until I met her, and then she ‘gingered’ me to want to do a whole lot more”.
It is worthy of note to emphasis here that Her Excellency, Safiya Stephanie Musa, is honoured to be recognized as one of the 100 influencer women in the Northern Nigeria.
Her Excellency, Safiya Stephanie Musa, who is described by many as God’s Ambassador that hitherto desires to end up as a philanthropist, recently declared her intention to contest for the Governorship seat of Kogi State slated to hold 2nd November, 2019.
Meanwhile, Political analysts within and outside Kogi State who are talking tough in favour of Her Excellency, Safiya Stephanie Musa, as majority are of the opinion that she has a brighter chance considering the fact that she is the only notice woman among the numerous contestants.
On this note, while wishing Her Excellency with such a scaring CV a successful outing at the polls, ACEGIST promises to bring you update on her political adventure.
Sani Michael Omakoji
A Blogger / Content Developer.
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