Since the launch of the inqaba biotec West Africa subsidiary (IBWA) last year, we have become a household name with researchers and molecular biologists across West Africa. A few of you may have had the opportunity to interact with some of our team members mostly by email, but not in person. For this reason, we thought it would be interesting to introduce each team member to our beloved customers.
Christian Adabor Badu is IBWA’s Regional Director for Ghana and inqaba biotec’s Eppendorf Sales Specialist for Sub-Saharan Africa. Christian was born in Kumasi in the Ashanti region of Ghana and now resides in Accra, the Capital of Ghana, where he oversees the company’s business and services in Ghana and some parts of West Africa. After accomplishing his Bachelor of Science and Professional Degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ghana in Legon, he worked as a Senior Research and teaching assistant in molecular biology at the School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana in 2012. He is a member of the Ghana Association of Biomedical Laboratory Scientists and a registered Allied Health Professional. Christian is loved by our Ghanaian customers and affectionately referred to as the ‘’Inqaba Guy’’.
Hazeez Durosomo joined the IBWA team in June 2015 as an intern (Yes, everyone starts off as an intern). He has been involved in business communication with customers and gained knowledge about our brands, products and molecular techniques. Prior to joining IBWA, he served as Research Assistant in the Plant Tissue Culture Laboratory of the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta. There, he also worked as a Practical Demonstrator and did his Bachelor and Master studies in Agriculture. He aspires to make significant contributions in the field of genomics and he is a member of professional bodies such as the Nigerian Society of Plant Protection and Association of Nigerian Authors.
Oluseyi Adeyemo (our First Lady) is inqaba biotec West Africa’s first intern and now Sales Assistant. Seyi obtained her BSc in Biochemistry at Bowen University and is currently undergoing studies to obtain her Master’s degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Ibadan. She joined the company as an intern in December 2014 and thereafter the sales team in May 2015. Before joining the inqaba team, she was trained in molecular biology techniques at the bioscience center in IITA for 1year. She is fondly called “Mr Seyi” by customers and colleagues but ironically, she is the first and only lady so far in the IBWA team. Seyi enjoys communicating with customers and helping them with their life science needs. Seyi is an indigene of Osun State but grew up in Lagos. She also enjoys to work with and learn from other men which helps her to “Act like a lady” and at the same time to “Think like a man”.
Makhtar Diop is the newest member of the IBWA team. He is based in Dakar Senegal and joined the team as an intern in September this year. He holds a BSc in Natural Sciences and an MSc in Animal Sciences both from Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD) of Dakar, Senegal. Prior to joining the IBWA team, he lectured at the Department of Animal Biology, UCAD. Makhtar’s introduction to the team will enhance communication with our Francophone customers. While at school, Makhtar was very active in student politics and he hopes to become the president of Senegal someday. Big dreams!
Felix Adeniyi is IBWA’s company driver and logistics officer. Our customers in Ibadan and Lagos may have had a one-on-one with him during his delivery rounds. Felix is very friendly and always smiling.
Finally, some words about myself. I am Lukman Aroworamimo (Yes, my surname is a powerful tongue-twister only 1% of Homo sapiens can successfully execute without a hitch). I am the Managing Director of inqaba biotec West Africa and joined the company in 2010 as a graduate intern. After a few months working in our oligo production facility, I moved to the sales team as Sales Manager for West Africa, where I initially developed the company’s business in West Africa by visiting research facilities in the region and trying to understanding their needs. I hold a BSc in Biotechnology Management and am currently studying towards my master’s degree. When not doing company’s related activities, I enjoy travelling and understanding the diverse cultures in Africa.