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Young Lady Celebrates After Receiving Promotion at Visa

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Young Lady Celebrates After Receiving Promotion at Visa
Young Lady Celebrates After Receiving Promotion at Visa

After two years participating in Visa’s Fintech Future Leaders program, Vera Okojie is excited to have been promoted to a Consulting Analyst in Visa Consulting & Analytics (VCA). Through the four rotations she completed during her time on the program, Vera’s appreciation and excitement for Visa has grown, and the depths of her professional and personal growth as she moved through the program have been hard to put into words.

What she is most thankful for, however, is the people she has encountered through her journey at Visa. Everyone from her managers and mentors to her peers have encouraged, supported, and pushed her to become the woman she is today, and for that she is forever grateful.

In celebration of this most recent professional milestone, Vera decided to express her thanks to those that have helped make it possible, including Emma Kerr Rob Walls Andranik Mnatsakanyan Claudio D. Alicia Ngomo Amaka Uche Shelly T. Anastasia Douva Beatrice Checa Nathalie Perrio Edoardo Volta Phill Haig Aoife Brierley Jill Docherty Sarah Holmes-Hackerd and many more.

Though Vera’s journey at Visa has been an incredible one thus far, it’s only just begun. Here’s to even more excitement and celebration come 2023!

Vera Okojie is a multi award-winning BA(Hons) Philosophy (with Work Placement) graduate from the University of Warwick, a degree she pioneered. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Highest Award conferred by the University of Warwick, the Outstanding Student Contribution Award (OSCA) 2020 due to her exceptional academic performance and outstanding contribution towards the university; including furthering employability for social science students and founding the Warwick Philosophy Black Voices Network. She recently completed an executive professional course in Fintech at Oxford University with a 1st class.

An avid entrepreneur, Vera founded ‘Lashed By Vee’ whilst at university managing an all-women team of 4, and the business has since launched two collections, offer a bespoke lash couturier service and has been featured on She has also had experience in financial services, Barclays, HSBC, Lazard and tech giants Google and Microsoft. Combining her interest in both industries, she is now FinTech Analyst at VISA on their top talent international rotational Future Leader graduate programme (1 of 9 in Europe). In her free time, she enjoys podcasts and daily nature walks.
Please feel free to reach out to Vera about speaking opportunities, non-executive director positions and ACCP transformative certified- career coaching via @career.confident on Instagram

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.