For many techies, African or not, working at one of the FAANG (Facebook (now Meta), Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) is certainly a huge deal.
Rubbing shoulders with some of the most brilliant minds on the planet, learning from them, contributing to their learnings, and of course, the bragging rights that come with this makes getting a job with any of these companies very attractive.
About a week ago, on its LinkedIn page, Amazon announced that its International Event team would be hosting an interviewing event in Lagos, Nigeria, for Software Developer II candidates for its Consumer division from August 1 – 5, 2022.
They should also be open to relocating to Canada, Ireland, or the United States.
There’s one thing we know, this isn’t the first time the American company would be hiring Africans. Like Meta, Amazon has some brilliant Nigerians on its payroll.
Here are 10 Nigerians working at Amazon you should know.
Oluwanifemi Odeyinde is Employee Relations & HR Compliance Manager at Amazon. With over nine years as a human resource executive, Oluwanifemi has worked with diverse organisations across Middle East & Africa.
Under her belt, she has a broad background across the Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), pharmaceutical, and shipping sectors, having held jobs at Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble, and Hapag-Lloyd AG.
Oluwanifemi earned her bachelor’s degree in Geography and an MBA from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
Born in Nigeria but now an American citizen, Felix Ekwueme is a Product Management Lead at Amazon. His journey has seen him work at IBM, where he built IBM’s Marketplace product, and serve as a Soldier in the US Army Reserves.
He has also worked as chief product officer for ICE Commercial Power, where he built an analytics-driven solar energy solution now used by Microsoft and General Electric. He spoke at Techpoint’s Twitter Spaces on Amazon job application and interview tips.
Olufunbi Falayi, an Obafemi Awolowo University alum, has worked with big-name companies like Google and is the co-founder of Klump. He is currently a Senior Product Manager for Amazon Payments Products.
Interestingly, he has also worked with Venture Capital firms like Savannah Fund and incubators/accelerators like Passion Incubator and is a Partner at Yellowwood Capital. He was featured on Techpoint’s 2 Minute Tuesday and spoke at Techpoint Inspired 2018.
A law graduate from the University of Lagos, Lagos State, Ijeoma Uhuegbulem is a Senior Supply Chain Analyst at Amazon working out of Luxembourg, Germany.
Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, she worked as a lawyer for a year before discovering a passion for data and decided to change her career path.
From working at Pentagon Partners, a law firm in Lagos, she moved to BAM Technology, a Blockchain Solution provider, where she gained employment as a business analyst.
She also had a stint at Sterling Bank as a technical documentation officer.
Ijeoma has an MSC in Digital Marketing, and Data Science from Emylon Business School, France and has worked at Amazon since October 2021.
Emmanuel is a military sourcing specialist at Amazon. With over five years of Recruitment experience, what the Babcock University graduate does at the FAANG company is basically recruiting military veterans for roles at Amazon.
He has worked as Head of Recruitment at Jiji, Recruitment Specialist at Productive People Ltd, and Recruitment Analyst at Platinum Careers.
Born to Nigerian parents, Diepiriye “Piriye” Anga has worked as a Corporate Counsel at Amazon since May 2021. She has worked with prestigious law firms like Aluko and Oyebode and New York-based Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.
With an interest in human rights, she has also worked with Amnesty International and was part of a team that helped to get a prisoner’s life sentence commuted by President Barak Obama in 2017.
Uthman Adebanjo is a Cloud Support Engineer (Analytics) at Amazon Web Services (AWS), working out of Cape Town, South Africa.
He is an expert in business intelligence and ETL solutions with 9+ years of experience in database administration, data analysis, scripting and reporting alongside query optimisation.
The University of Lagos graduate spent nine years at GTBank, moving from Graduate Trainee to Data Engineer, before leaving to work at Amazon.
Adeyemi Adetuwo works as Cloud Security at Amazon Web Services.
Having graduated from Ghana-based Ashesi University, he’s been employed as an Information Security Analyst in companies like Firstbank, Stanbic IBTC, and Reliance Infosystems.
With an MBA from Harvard, Adebodun Aina is a Pathways Senior Operations Manager at Amazon.
Before joining Amazon, he worked as a Business Analyst at McKinsey, where he worked on improving vaccine supply chain for a primary health client to minimise the spread of diseases like polio and led the development of a tax revenue generation strategy for one of Africa’s populous country.
He also led the materials management strategy for constructing a public power plan project, a channels revenue growth transformation for a multi-national telecommunications company. He developed and implemented multiple operational effectiveness strategies across industries.
Bonus: Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo
Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo was the Global Chief Marketing Officer for Amazon Prime Video & Studios & General Manager for Prime Video US Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service. She resigned as CMO in June 2022.
Throughout her career, she has received over 50 awards and honours for driving outstanding market-leading results and delivering creative campaigns/innovations.
She has previously worked as CMO at M∙A∙C Cosmetics, Coty, and as Senior Global Director for Knorr at Unilever.
Although she no longer works with the company, she’s definitely one of the Nigerians working at Amazon you should remember, albeit after the fact.
[EDITOR’S NOTE]: All information in this article was culled from LinkedIn and other publicly available information on the Internet.