In accordance with its commitment to bring the best of human capital and services to West Africa, the global payments company, Visa Inc., has appointed Ms Oluwakemi Okunsanya as the new General Manager for the region.
Oluwakemi’s duty, according to BusinessDay, which will be focused mainly in Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone, will be to create and foster relationships which will help to drive the adoption of cashless payments in the West African region.
#Visa appoints Oluwakemi Okunsanya new GM for West Africa https://t.co/An6jivaeD7 pic.twitter.com/I8VabAJfEK
— BusinessDay (@BusinessDayNg) September 5, 2017
While speaking about his trust in Oluwakemi’s efficiency, Andrew Torre, the President of Visa Inc. in Sub Saharan Africa, made it known that Oluwakemi’s record of being a strong and successful people leader was going to be useful in Nigeria, seeing Nigeria is one of the most enthusiastic and successful adopters of technology in Africa
Andrew believes that this enthusiasm for technology presents huge opportunities for the firm to help in digitising commerce and connect more Nigerians to the global economy. Oluwakemi is expected to help Nigeria move from cash to other more secure and reliable forms of payments. Despite her enthusiasm and exposure, Nigeria is yet to be noticeably digitised. The cashless policy is yet to be embraced by the citizens despite different platforms being created for easy payments across the globe.
Being the giant of Africa, Nigeria is expected to embrace fully the digitised solutions and other forms of useful technology which are being invented. Only then will Africa truly be on its way to being evidently digitised. This is the number one task of Oluwakemi, as far as we are concerned.
Oluwakemi has had a ten-year stint with Zenith Bank and served in a leadership capacity in MoneyGram before her present appointment in Visa Inc. She looks forward to working with Visa to create societal changes in the region of her appointment, which is part of the firm’s commitment to offer to everyone , everywhere, the benefits of electronic payments.
We are waiting for this to become a reality.
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— Visa Nigeria (@VisaNigeria) July 28, 2017
By this appointment, Nigeria has once again been recognised for its great pool of expertise. The sooner the citizens recognise and walk in this potential, the sooner and faster the country will be on its way to becoming a developed country.
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