We’re back for another interesting episode of Career Crossovers! Whoop! Last week, we had Opas who despite having three engineering degrees, chose to make a living off Graphics Design. And if you thought that sounded bizarre, you are in for a surprise with today’s episode.
You’d notice on our previous episodes, we’ve only had the opportunity to interact with men, but today, we have a one-of-a-kind woman. Beautiful, intelligent and eloquent if I do say so myself. Her name’s Daisy and like our previous guests, have had to change her focus from what she set out to do originally. In Daisy’s case, that focus had to change twice and how interesting would it get for you if I told you she wanted to be a Neurosurgeon but is now an OAP and content curator? How did she get there? Let’s find out.
Q: Hello. May we meet you?
Daisy: My name is Olowu Daisy Oyindamola
Q: Do you have something you’re commonly called?
Daisy: I’m called a lot of names but Daisy sticks.
Q: Okay, Daisy. Please give us a little background on yourself. Where you’re from, Where you grew up, What your family was like and anything else you want us to know with growing up.
Daisy: I was born in Ibadan, Oyo State. But I am from Ondo state by origin. I grew up in a lot of places. Ibadan, Kano, Lagos, Akure etc. I am the last of 6 kids and my parents moved around a lot. My family had more boys than girls so everyone learned how to be in charge.
Q: How many boys and how many girls?
Daisy: Four boys and two girls.
Q: Oh wow. I’ve heard cases about girls turning to tomboys when they’re mostly surrounded by boys in their family? Is that a case you reckon with?
Daisy: Yes. But my sister did not turn out like me. She’s a lot girlier than I am and she came first. So it won’t always turn out like that. But yes, it does happen.
Q: Beautiful. So, why was your family moving around a lot and how did that affect your social life and education?
Daisy: Work, definitely work. I’d say we managed it very well tho. My parents were very social and the family was already large. There were so many activities as a family but we did well with people. Maybe too well. Same with education.
Q: Hmm, okay. So growing up and moving around a lot as you said, what were you aspiring to be professionally?
Daisy: My parents were career-driven, they were both professionals so I had always thought greatly of the corporate world. I wanted to be a neurosurgeon. I wanted to attend conferences.
Q: Ah sweet. Neurosurgery. I’m guessing you discovered there wasn’t a direct course like that here in Nigeria till you studied Medicine & Surgery and then became a Specialist. What did you put in for then when you took JAMB? Or there’s another story to it?
Daisy: Well yes, but you start somewhere right?😂. Medicine & Surgery to start with. I took JAMB that year but somehow missed Post UTME. Awesome story. I must have mixed the date. I remember locking myself up in my room and crying for about a week. My folks would drop food at the door, I’d pick it up when I knew no one was around. I did not want to stay at home for another year, I really did not. I had a Second choice for Statistics, Benue State University. That was the next thing I had an interest in. It’s funny thinking back now, the brochure actually did say that the school offered that course Statistics, but the school doesn’t😂. I sat for the Post UTME, passed, and I was posted to the Mathematics and Computer Science department to study Computer Science.
Q: Woah. That’s two switches already. Neurosurgery to Statistics to Computer Science.
Daisy: Yes. It was a challenge, mentally. But I was willing to explore that world.
Q: I could imagine. You didn’t want to stay a second year, it must have been hard. I have to ask tho, What was it like studying a course you didn’t even set out for in the beginning?
Daisy: It was frustrating especially in a Nigerian university. There was no explanation as to why I wasn’t offered my choice of course to study. There was no explanation as to why the school would accept me knowing they did not offer Statistics but would just offer me what they deemed was close to it. So what you do is start to exploring your options in that field. Try to find a place of strength, It’s a struggle if you’re not strong-willed.
Q: Hmm. I see. So, did you stick with computer science all through your stay in University or something else caught your interest?
Daisy: It’s funny how this sounds almost like an anthem but I stopped finding my course interesting in 300l’s first semester. I had seen this poster about a station looking for presenters. So I just got up went to the station and did an audition. The next week I was called to come in and start working as a freelance presenter. So I took school less seriously (I am not proud of that) and focused on that, the new path.
Q: Focusing on this new path must have affected your grades. What was your parents’ view on it tho?
Daisy: My parents are quite understanding. My dad was intrigued because that’s his thing. Journalism has always been his strong suit. I remember always going to his office watching him work, listening to his conversations, proofreading my write-ups etc. So he wasn’t very bothered. My mum just wanted me to stay in school and finish my 4years.
Q: Amazing. The other people have interviewed said they chased courses related to their new interests. Did you also take courses related to your interest after you finished your four years?
Daisy: Yes, I did.
Q: What were you presenting for in 300l? An entertainment show? Education program? etc
Daisy: Both entertaining and educative. A program called Ivory Tower, It was about the University, but I decided to make it quite broad and involve other Universities. It was very fun.
Q: How has that progressed from then till now? Are you still presenting? What other things have you added to your portfolio?
Daisy: Before I left school I had worked with another radio house. Before call up, I got another gig and another one. I took a few broadcast training. Call up letter came out, I went for NYSC and my PPA was a TV/Radio house. I was retained after service year, after which I worked a year plus before moving to another state/another media house. Left after two years and it’s my third year and counting at my present job as an On-Air Personality and Content curator.
Q: Amazing. Can we know the media house?
Daisy: I presently work With CoolFM, Kano.
Q: Amazing. So I take it that the presenting job of 300l was your first job. How much were you earning on your first job?
Daisy: I was a freelancer. In 400L, I collected about 7k. It wasn’t called salary. It was just an amount given to help with some things like transportation, I believe. But we’d have to take a form for signings and submission before we get the money😂. It’s funny how I’ve not thought about this for some time now. Wow. 7k then.
Q: How has that improved now that you’re working full time as an OAP?
Daisy: How has it improved?!😂. That was almost 11 years ago. A lot has changed.
Q: So, a high earner?
Daisy: I’d love to earn better than I do. Don’t we all?😂
Q: We all do! As an OAP and Content curator, How would you love to impact your immediate surrounding and we dare say, the world at large?
Daisy: If there’s anything that won’t change in this world as long as there’s life on it, it’s the need for information, orientation, enlightenment, entertainment and many more that communication would easily solve. We always underrate the effect of these things on human lives, consciousness, decision-making, hence, lifestyle. I won’t stop using my platform to make people better. Sometimes, you sit down and you remember you can’t wait to let your listeners in on something and you just smile. That’s the positive effect I like to have. Don’t forget we live in a world where people seek validation in the wrong places. There’s an exaggeration of situations, ignorance deep into roots. Knowing that there’s something you can do about it, knowing that even brands can partake of what you have to meet people’s needs is satisfying. So I think you have your answer.
Q: I do. We do. Lastly, with your journey so far, from school to where you are now, what would be your advice to young people on their career paths?
Daisy: Wow! You know I recently had a conversation with some people and I mentioned that if we had spent our years in school doing one thing we cared about we would be bosses by now empowering more people. But some of us are still struggling to find our path. Now, career won’t be taught in the Universities. What do you then do? Young people need to make sure that they go on their journeys. Young people need to understand that they have to find what they are good at, what makes them different. It can be anything. Once you discover it, polish it. The human can multi-task. It means you can be in school and still chase something worth every time you put into it. That way, you are building your independence. So if you eventually finish your course in school, you have choices. And lastly, we need to always think long term. I know no one knows tomorrow but are you investing in yourself enough today to live tomorrow when it comes?
Q: That’s something to hold on to. My gosh! For those that want to reach out to you, what social handles can they reach you on?
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