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Mackson Ibinabo Wakama

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Mackson Ibinabo Wakama

Financial Services Professional

Company Director: Tamang Financial and Commercial Services (Uk) Limited

 

 

 


Education:

  • Bsc in Finance/Banking from the University of Port Harcourt
  • MBA in Financial Services from the University of East London
  • Associate, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria
  • Professional Member, British Computer Society (Chartered Institute for IT)

    Mackson answered a few questions about his perspective and on being a futures thinker.

ABOUT YOU AS A FUTURES THINKER / PRACTITIONER

You identify yourself as an African futures thinker or practitioner. How would you describe to the woman or man on the street what it is that you do in this regard?

I am someone who looks at the challenges being faced in our society today and looks for solutions for them for a better tomorrow. On a regular basis I look at how financial and mobile technology can lead to the development of a better society in future.

How many years have you worked as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Eight years

In which countries or places have you had working experience as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

Nigeria, United Kingdom

In what languages have you undertaken futures / foresight related work or research?

English

What is it that motivates you to work or participate in the foresight / future studies / related field

I believe advancements in technology (especially financial and mobile technology) has made it possible for the whole of mankind to have a better standard of living and Africa should not be left behind.

What goal/s would you most like to reach with your work as an African futures thinker / practitioner?

To be regarded and respected as a professional who can develop solutions for the growth, development and advancement of Africa in the technological age.

Who or what most influenced your thinking as a futures thinker / practitioner, and how?

I am influenced by what can be achieved by the use of technology and education in the life`s of people.

What is your main disciplinary background? (i.e. your primary training / qualification)

I am a financial services professional with particular training and qualifications in digital banking and financial technology. I am also a Business Analyst.

How do other people describe you and how do you describe yourself?

Others describe me as… Intelligent
I describe myself as… Determined

 

YOUR PERSPECTIVE

What is one of your favourite quotes about the future?

“the future starts today” …unknown

“my brother make you no follow book o, look am and use your sense” … from a song in vernacular by Fela Kuti (Afro-beat musician and Pan-Africanist)
English translation - “my brothers please do not follow Western education blindly, use it but apply your own initiatives”

How would you describe the state of African futures thinking right now?

  • Too much bark but little bite!
  • Lots of opportunities for growth

What is, in your opinion, the main barrier to uptake of futures knowledge by African institutions and organisations?

  • The fear of the unknown.
  • The fear of the impact of radical disruptive innovation and change.
  • A “follower mentality”

If you were to give advice to someone who wants a career in African foresight / future studies, what would you say to him or her?

  • First know yourself.
  • Understand your strengths, weaknesses and passion.
  • Do not follow conventions blindly!

What are your recommended readings for every African futures thinker / practitioner?

  • Read anything and everything you come across!
  • Never stop learning!

What are your recommendations for other favourite futures resources: websites, newsfeeds, mailing lists, associations, etc.?

  • Wikipedia
  • Google search

 

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