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Name: Ifedayo Osun
Organisation: Figo Payment
I am a self-taught software engineer with over 6 years of experience building innovative solutions in the Fintech, Virtual Reality, and Blockchain industries. With a passion for problem-solving, I am particularly driven to tackle challenges unique to Africa. My expertise lies in developing cutting-edge software solutions that bridge the gap in financial services, create immersive virtual experiences, and harness the potential of blockchain technology. Through my work, I strive to make a positive impact by leveraging technology to empower individuals and businesses in Africa and beyond.
1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?
As a leader, the most challenging aspect I have encountered is effectively managing conflicting interests, as this dynamic often generates friction within the team.
2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?
I became a leader by co-founding a crypto company in 2020 with the goal of driving crypto adoption in Africa. Our aim was to enable Africans to use their digital assets for daily activities. During this time, I noticed a gap in the digital payment space in Africa, which was dominated by cash-based transactions. This realization inspired me to start my current startup, Figo Payment. Our platform helps small businesses offer flexible digital payment options to their customers without the complexities of integration. Through this entrepreneurial journey, I stepped into a leadership role, driving innovation and empowering businesses to embrace digital payments in Africa.
3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?
From the moment I wake up until I retire for the day, my work days follow a structured routine. I typically begin at 7am, dedicating some time to read a chapter from the book I'm currently immersed in. Afterward, I dive into my email inbox, responding to any pressing messages and taking note of scheduled meetings. For the next four hours, I focus on tackling the most significant tasks in descending order of importance. Following this, I engage in a catch-up session with my team, ensuring that we're all on the same page. Finally, I wrap up the day by addressing the less critical tasks. Before going to bed, I take a leisurely walk, providing a refreshing end to my day.
4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?
I constant remind myself of this lesson "To effectively collaborate with each member of your team, it is crucial to comprehend how their individual interests align with the collective goals."
5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?
"The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen Covey has had a profound impact on my leadership. It taught me to be proactive, take responsibility, and focus on what I can control. The book emphasized the importance of listening, understanding others, and effective time management. It transformed my mindset, enabling me to become a more effective and purposeful leader.
6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?
If I could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, it would be to have faith in your team's abilities to excel and refrain from attempting to micromanage every aspect.
7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?
One meaningful story that comes to mind from my time as a leader is when my teammates voluntarily invested their personal resources to support the company's goals. Witnessing their selflessness and dedication was truly inspiring and reinforced the strong bond and shared commitment within our team.