Tell us about yourself.
Hi! My name is Ekenedilichukwu Ozonuwe. While you try to pronounce it, you can call me Ekene. I am a graduate from St. Clair College with a Business Administration – Accounting Major. I am originally from West Africa Nigeria, where I completed my high school diploma before moving to Canada.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
In 3 words, I would describe myself as being selfless, hardworking, and enthusiastic.
Why did you choose Danavation?
The reason why I decided to work at Danavation is because I have always wanted to work for a company whose vision and mission closely matches my values and I must say Danavation is that company. Working at Danavation thus far has been an amazing experience and I am super grateful to Danavation for choosing me. I have had the opportunity to bring my ideas to the right sources and get them implemented. In my few weeks of working here, I have also learnt a lot both in my role as an accountant and the company in general.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
I can humbly say I have a lot of accomplishments but the one that sticks out the most was when I was about 17 years old, I made my first wedding dress. I had just completed a 4-month fashion design program and was required to make a wedding dress as a final project. I was super anxious because I had no prior knowledge of how to make a wedding dress, but I was baffled by the result. The whole experience taught me a lot and most especially improved my confidence.
What is something that is on your bucket list that you haven’t completed yet?
Honestly, skydiving goes on and off my bucket list. I feel super confident today and the next day I have acrophobia. But for right now, let’s go skydiving!
If you could meet anyone living or dead, who would it be?
There are a couple people alive on my list that I would love to meet someday. But first, it would be a blessing to meet the iconic Michelle Obama. If I’m lucky, I could also meet Barack Obama. That way, I get a 2 for 1 opportunity. LOL.
Who inspires you?
Each day I get inspired by different things, but my grandma inspires me a whole lot; her strength is unheard of. While growing up, I lived with her during summer breaks and I saw first-hand how hardworking she is, and I think that rubbed off a lot on me. She did not have the opportunity to get the basic education required and so she always encouraged me to be a better version of myself and the best fashion designer/accountant there is. The lack of basic education did not stop her from being the business guru that she is and that is my inspiration.
Fun fact about you?
Apart from being an accountant, I am also a fashion designer. I rarely talk about this side of me because people are shocked when they find out; especially when they see my designs. I had a friend once suggest to me to quit accounting when she saw my designs. I totally get the compliment, but I love being an accountant too.
If you could be reincarnated as a famous landmark, which would it be?
I would like to be reincarnated as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France. It is the most visited paid monument in the world hence, I would get a lot of attention.
I love reading, designing outfits and getting them made, singing (in the shower only), dancing, chilling with friends and family, and learning something new.
Favourite movie, why?
My favourite movie of all time is the LION KING. It brings back so many childhood memories and honestly, I cannot count how many times I have seen all parts of it. It also reminds me of my rich African culture.
Favourite song, why?
My favourite song is MADE A WAY by Travis Greene. I’m picky about what I listen to and very particular about the lyrics of a song because I believe words are powerful. This song encourages me in moments when I feel down. It has a way of uplifting my spirit immediately and it will always be my go-to song.
Favourite book, why?
My favourite book is NEVER GIVE UP by Joyce Meyer because it was a life changing read. Another reason why it’s my favourite book is because, it was a gift from someone special.
Favourite meal to cook, why?
My favourite food is Nigerian JOLLOF RICE. I added “Nigerian” because there are different types of Jollof rice by other African countries that are arguably the best. Nigerian Jollof is also called party jollof because it is a must-serve at events; I like mine served very spicy. I can unbiasedly say that Nigeria Jollof rice is the best.
My favourite quote is “Nothing is IMPOSSIBLE, even the word says I’M POSSIBLE”. I believe there is always a way even when it does not seem feasible. As stupid as that may sound, it has always worked for me.