What do you do?
I manage the well delivery process from concept to end of well close out which simply means that l carry out the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of oil and gas wells and manage the processes involved in successfully drilling, completing and Workover of oil and gas wells.
Why did you choose this field?
My first degree was in chemical engineering, but with the oil boom in Nigeria I decided I wanted to be in oil and gas and thus got an advanced degree in petroleum engineering, I started my career in reservoir engineering with Dubai Petroleum. I moved back to Nigeria and joined a start up Independent Indigenous upstream E&P company that was still trying to build up Drilling/ well engineering entity. I joined as a well operations engineer. I soon realized how very few women were in the industry and in drilling engineering I was the only female on the field and rig most times, it motivated me to push and challenge myself even though I had to work extra hard to prove myself everyday but I was confident and it was worth it, I also had a great boss who had joined from Exxon and was a really good mentor, in building my experience in well planning, well (Drilling) engineering, well operations and with time I started managing the entire well delivery process as a senior well engineer.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I currently run my own Consultancy supporting start-up and smaller E&P organizations in Nigeria to
acquire and mature portfolio of oil and gas assets. If I had know it was possible I should have started earlier.
Why do you love working in STEM?
STEM gives you the opportunity to be creative, to engineer solutions to issues. I wake up looking forward to planning a drilling campaign knowing that i am one step closer to generating an energy source with a well successfully placed in a reservoir.
Best advice for next generation?
By pursing a STEM subject you are one step closer to helping solve problems faced globally.
So whatever STEM subject you choose be confident and believe in yourself that you will excel in it.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Strive for perfection in all that you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. If it does not exist, design it.”
..... Sir Henry Royce