I’m Arinze Obiezue, a 22-year-old Nigerian man living in London and working as a content designer at Facebook.
I created Arinze’s Weekly for four reasons:
to share my reflections on life, career, identity, and behaviour
to build a community of dedicated readers around my writing
to improve my writing by getting feedback from folks like you
to document the evolution of my thinking on different topics
I’m an intricate blend of three personas: a scholar, a builder, and a mentor.
Arinze the Scholar
Learning helps me better understand myself and the world. One of the ways I do that is by reading a good number of books. My library currently comprises books that discuss Africa, technology, psychology, AI ethics, business, LGBTQ+, and biographies.
I hold a first-class honours degree in Business Management from the African Leadership University, where I graduated as valedictorian of my class.
In August 2021, I’ll be moving to Beijing to start my master’s degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar in the Class of 2022.
Later in the fall of 2024, I’ll be moving to Palo Alto to matriculate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where I’ll be pursuing my MBA.
Arinze the Builder
The two things that I most enjoy building are products and communities.
I have a deep appreciation for rich cultures and diverse communities, which stems from my experience living and working in six countries across three continents.
I’m currently building Designish, a pan-African design community I co-founded with my friends. Through Designish, we’re bringing together interesting African designers who are working at the cutting edge of digital product design, design ethics, and technology to lead the conversation on tech and design in Africa.
Arinze the Mentor
I spend my extra time coaching deferred MBA applicants via EarlyAdmit, a platform I co-founded to help university students from underrepresented minority backgrounds get into the world’s top business schools.
I also coach young technologists on Product Buds as they think through how to leverage product management skills to build tech products that tackle challenging socioeconomic problems in different parts of the world.
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