BACKSTORY: HP’s Ifeyinwa Afe
We question Ifeyinwa Afe, MD at HP West and Central Africa
What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?
Be prepared and transparent with the client, look at the deal through your counterpart’s eyes, try to understand their motivation and point of view.
What was your first job?
At HP, as an intern in the channel marketing team.
How much was your first pay cheque, and how did you spend it?
It was $937 — 12 years ago. I spent half of it at a restaurant celebrating my new job with my family.
What is the one thing you wish somebody had told you when you were starting out?
Believe in yourself no matter what, embrace the fear and use it as fuel.
If you could fix one thing in Africa, what would it be?
What is the most interesting thing about you that people don’t know?
I love to dance.
What is the one investment you wish you had made, or made earlier?
Buying more equities.
What is the hardest life lesson you have learnt so far?
Finding a way to pick myself up, no matter how many times it must be done.
What is the most overrated virtue?
What is something you would go back and tell your younger self that would impress them?
That you will be able to see, speak and collaborate with anyone you want to, anywhere in the world.
Was there ever a point at which you wanted to trade it all in for a different career? And if so, what would that career be?
I am happy I made the right decision to develop myself in tech and made my career an example for other women who believe in gender bias in the tech sector.
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