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Airtel Africa Appoints Ogunsanya New CEO as Mandava Leaves

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By Adedapo Adesanya

Leading telecommunications and mobile money service provider, Airtel Africa Plc, has announced the appointment of Mr Olusegun Ogunsanya, the Managing Director and CEO of its Nigerian operations, Airtel Nigeria, to succeed Mr Raghunath Mandava, who retires as the MD/CEO later this year.

A statement issued by the telco disclosed that Mr Mandava has informed the board of his intention to retire, which necessitated the appointment of Mr Ogunsanya, who is expected to join the board of Airtel Africa with effect from October 1, 2021.

Mr Ogunsanya joined Airtel Africa in 2012 to head Airtel Nigeria and has been responsible for the overall management of the company’s operations in Nigeria, its largest market in Africa.

He boasts of more than 25 years of business management experience in banking, consumer goods and telecoms.

Before joining Airtel in 2012, he held leadership roles at Coca-Cola in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya (as MD and CEO).

He has also been the Managing Director of Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd (Coca-Cola Hellenic owned) and Group head of retail banking operations at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, covering 28 countries in Africa.

He is an electronics engineer and also a chartered accountant.

On his part, Mr Mandava will be retiring also as a member of the Market Disclosure Committee on September 30, 2021. Arrangements have been made to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities.

Following his cessation of employment at Airtel Africa, Mr Mandava will be available to advise the Chairman, the Airtel Africa Board and the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for a nine-month period.

“We are delighted to appoint Segun Ogunsanya as the Group’s next Chief Executive Officer. He has displayed significant drive and energy in turning around the Nigeria business by focusing on network modernisation, distribution, and operational efficiency.

“It is this commitment, together with his industry experience, strategic vision, constant customer focus and proven record of delivery that will enable him to continue to deliver our strategic objectives and to lead the group in the next stages of its development.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Raghu Mandava for being instrumental in successfully leading and transforming Airtel Africa into a powerhouse telecommunications and mobile money company.

“Throughout that time, Raghu has worked tirelessly first to repair and then to strengthen Airtel Africa’s business and to champion our stakeholders.

“As we look forward to Segun assuming his new role in October 2021, we do so from a position of great strength as a result of Raghu’s highly effective stewardship. Raghu will retire from the Board with our very best wishes and sincere appreciation for everything he has achieved,” the statement from the firm said.

The outgoing CEO of Airtel Africa, while commenting on the development, said: “I am thankful to Airtel Africa for providing me and my team the opportunity to transform the business and fulfil our responsibility to the countries in which we operate. It has been a privilege to serve in the African continent and I cherish my time here.

“Airtel Africa is a remarkable business with fantastic people. Having been at Bharti Airtel for 13 years and at Airtel Africa for 5 years as Chief Executive Officer, I feel now is the right time to take a sabbatical.

“The last five years have been an exhilarating journey where we have been able to turn around and transform the business into strong high growth and profitable company. We have been able to build the business with our unique management and problem-solving approach to bring in substantial performance improvement.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved over the past five years in Africa, and I look forward to seeing the Company make even greater progress over the coming years.”

The incoming CEO stated that, “Having been part of the Airtel Africa journey for the past nine years, I am looking forward to taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer. On a personal note, as an African, I feel honoured to have the opportunity to lead a group that continues to make a difference to millions of people, bridge the digital divide and expand financial inclusion.

“This is an exciting opportunity to position Airtel Africa for further success in a dynamic continent full of potential. I look forward to building on the achievements of the last five years during Raghu’s leadership.”

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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7 Steps for a Killer Entry Level Software Engineer Resume

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Entry Level Software Engineer

Introduction

Software engineering has always been the fundamental pillar of the Information Technology industry. A software engineer job profile is also considered one of the most secured career domains in terms of employment rate.

According to a report by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1,847,900 Software Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, and Testers are currently working in the country.

These numbers are expected to grow up to 22% by 2030. So, if you are in the middle of your computer science degree program, you are on the right path for a lucrative career.

Meanwhile, we are backing you up with the resume-building process. To help you make the best junior software engineer resume, we are here with seven killer resume-building steps. You can follow these steps to craft an impeccable resume for your entry-level job search:

Step 1- Make an Outline

To build a professional & well-organized resume, create an outline of your resume before any other step. We recommend using reverse chronological resume format for entry-level job seekers.

Step 2- Mention Key Skills

Skills play a vital role in a technically strong resume. Highlighting profile-centric skills on your resume will not only help you in parsing through the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) but also in getting the recruiter’s undivided attention.

Moreover, we advise you to make separate sections for your technical skills and soft skills. It will make your resume look organized and professional.

Step 3- Add Your Educational Qualifications

Write your education details related to the software engineering profile. You can consider adding the below-given points while framing the educational qualifications section of your resume:

  • Degree/Diploma Name
  • Institution Name
  • Acquired Grades
  • Location of Institute
  • Year of Enrollment & Graduation

Step 4- Showcase Your Project Details

You can make a separate section for elaboration on your previously built projects. It will help you in stealing the limelight during the recruitment process. Here are some points that you can add in the projects section of your resume:

  • Name of Project
  • Programming Languages Used
  • Other Technical Elements Used
  • Highlighting Tasks

Step 5- Shed Some Light on Your Training

Training section will cover the professional experience space in your resume. Just like professional experience, you need to showcase your training profile, company name, location, and serving year in this section.

We suggest you write all your training details in bullet points to improve readability. Take a look at some essential points to remember while framing your resume points:

  • Use a power verb to start every point
  • Quantify your bullets wherever possible
  • Highlight important keywords and metrics

Step 6- Add Certifications

Additional certifications apart from your educational degree can add value to your initial level job search. You can list all your certifications obtained related to a software engineer profile. These certifications will make you stand out from the crowd of your competitors. The certifications section of your resume must include the following details:

  • Name of Certification
  • Name of Issuer
  • Month and Year of Completion

Step 7- Write a Crisp Resume Summary

As its name defines, it possesses the highlights of your entire resume in an easy-to-read paragraph. Your resume summary needs to be appealing and expressive about your capabilities and achievements.

We recommend you to write your resume after summing up all other sections of your software engineer resume. Moreover, you can stuff it with profile-centric keywords to make it more impressive to steal the limelight during the resume screening round.

Key Takeaways

Take a look at the key takeaways of this article:

  • Outline your resume in reverse chronological resume format
  • List your technical skills and soft skills in separate sections
  • Mention the details of your educational degree with enrolment & graduation dates
  • Showcase the details of your previously built projects
  • Add your training details to fill up the gap of professional experience
  • Write about your certifications related to the software engineering profile
  • Craft an appealing and impressing resume summary stuffed with industry-specific keywords

These guidelines will lead you towards a professional entry-level software engineer resume. For any other career assistance, you can use the comment section given below.

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NEC Ratifies ALGON Delta Chairman as National Legal Adviser

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Delta State Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Mr Victor Ebonka, is now the substantive national legal adviser of the group.

His appointment was ratified by the National Executive Council (NEC) of ALGON at the 4th zonal meeting and retreat of the organisation held in Lagos State.

At the event, a new deputy national president of the association was elected and this was Mr Aminu Maifata Muazu from Nasarawa State.

Also elected was a new national treasurer, Mr Mohammed Bappa of Takai Local Government Area Kano State.

They were all sworn in immediately by a notary public, Mr Taiwo Onayinka of Strict Attorneys.

During the NEC meeting, the ALGON National President received a delegation of the Association of Bloggers and Journalists Against Fake News who paid him a courtesy visit led by its president, Mr James Ezema.

The media practitioner appreciated the ALGON leader for his open-door policy, pledging to partner with the group in its effort to mitigate the negative impact of fake news on peace and development in the country.

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CAP Plc Appoints Bolarin Okunowo as Managing Director

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By Dipo Olowookere

Mrs Bolarin Okunowo has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Chemical and Allied Products (CAP) Plc, one of the leading paint makers in Nigeria.

The rejigging of the board of the company was necessitated by the retirement of the current occupier of the position, Mr David Wright.

Mr Wright is vacating the seat on November 30, 2021, to pave way for Mrs Okunowo on December 1, 2021, a statement signed by the company secretary, Ayomipo Wey, disclosed.

The current MD is retiring from the board and his request to leave has been granted, with the board expressing “its profound gratitude to David for his leadership, hard work, commitment, industry, service and contributions to CAP Plc and wished him all the best as he moves on to retirement.”

As for the incoming CEO, she is expected to drive the growth with her nearly two decades of experience in a range of roles spanning investment banking and financial services, manufacturing, oil and gas, real estate and hospitality.

Mrs Okunowo joined UAC of Nigeria Plc in October 2018 and served as its Investment Executive responsible for managing the company’s investments in its industrial businesses (paints, logistics and real estate).

In her role as an Investment Executive, she was responsible for working with management teams to shape strategy and deliver commercial outcomes.

Prior to joining UACN, she was the Head, Energy & Infrastructure Finance at Stanbic IBTC Capital with responsibility for the oil and gas, power and infrastructure debt finance portfolio.

Before joining Stanbic, she worked with ARM Investments Managers and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mrs Okunowo a qualified chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Birmingham, UK and a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the prestigious London School of Economics.

She served as the immediate past Managing Director of Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc, where she led a turnaround of the business and the implementation of the successful merger with CAP Plc. She was a Non-Executive Director of CAP Plc until July 2020 and is currently a Non-Executive Director of Livestock Feeds Plc.

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