Please tell us more about your background, how you got interested in Web3 and what you're currently working on?
I began my Web3 journey in January 2017 by joining the Blockchain/Crypto space as a Trader. It was through a friend who introduced me to P2P Bitcoin trades. Later that same year, I continued with learning how to trade other currency pairs across different exchanges. I also learnt and participated actively in Crypto Airdrops which was the trend up till 2018.
Subsequently, I learnt Community Management under the guidance of a mentor and I was able to get a Community Manager role with a crypto firm later that year. Since then, I’ve been an active Community Manager who has worked with diverse organizations, using my skills to build and strengthen inter/intra community interactions within the Blockchain/Crypto space.
At the moment, I’m involved with WallCrypt as a Correspondent, covering events and happenings within the Nigerian Web3 ecosystem. Before that, I worked with Mina Protocol as a Technical Community Ambassador, and my experiences have been great so far. I’ve been able to organize a couple of meetups, virtually and non-virtually, seal partnership deals with big crypto firms, and engage the Web3 community in relevant discussions.
What is your definition of web3? Why should we care about it?
Web3 is a decentralized, blockchain-based internet, in which platforms are owned and managed by individual users and not any central entity. It is a revolution that achieves a more stable and secure decentralized network, by incentivizing users of a web3 protocol. Web3 is the future of decentralized internet products and services hence, its importance cannot be overemphasized.
What hard and soft skills have been most helpful to help you succeed in Web3?
Hard skills include; coding, data analysis, technical writing.
Soft skills include; leadership, communication, teamwork, problem-solving, flexibility/adaptability.
What would you say is the best thing about your job? The most challenging?
The best thing about my work is the ability to function remotely. I’m not a fan of on-site jobs. I’ve not really had any challenging moments so far. It’s been all smooth.
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What is your favorite Web3 project? Among the people, you've worked, or interacted with in Web3, who do you admire most and why?
Ethereum is my favorite web3 project due to its versatility.
I admire Ayodeji Awosika, Project Designer/Coordinator, Web3Bridge because he is a passionate blockchain evangelist who knows that no single approach is the absolute template for any individual and environment. He has remained committed to creating content and learning programs not only aimed at driving the adoption of blockchain technology in Africa but also solving native problems and adding value to the environment.
What is your vision for your niche? What do you expect to come in the next few years? What development in the field do you find to be the most exciting?
My vision is to make as much impact as possible in the coming years via the implementation of ideas and strategies for driving mass adoption. I hope to build and maintain a passionate following of Web3 enthusiasts in Africa and across the continents.
Something I find most exciting is the rate at which the youthful African populace shuns social vices and instead, is getting their stance in a decentralized future.
As to what I expect in few years to come, I’ll borrow some of Jack Dorsey’s words:
Africa will be one of the most populated continents in the next 20 to 30 years, the tech innovation is incredible with a large portion of the population still coming onto the internet and this is a huge opportunity especially for young people to join the revolution and for us to learn to best serve them.
What part should Correspondents play in web3?
As more people take to digital payments every day amid the economic instabilities, a good number of correspondents are needed across different brands in leading the way on taking Web3 to underserved parts of the world. Much of the exposure seems to be on the cryptocurrency community, which has benefited from an internet that’s more reliant on a Web3 compliant system. Hence, correspondents are the key to driving mass adoption of the technology.
Any tips for beginners who aspire to work in this domain, but feel completely overwhelmed to even start competing?
Just start somewhere! Begin with the basics, along the line you’d pick up. Nothing gets done by mere aspirations. Your aspirations must be backed up by action.
Get mentorship where necessary as that would certainly help have a speedy growth.