Interview

Akinwale Abraham Tobiloba

National Point of Contact Nigeria for the Space Generation Advisory Council


Who are you and what do you do?

I am the current National Point of Contact Nigeria for the Space Generation Advisory Council and I am one of the student representative of the University Space Engineering Consortium, Nigerian Chapter. I have a startup presently where we design and manufacture fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicles. 

What does your role involve?

Overseeing space activities in Nigeria. Organising space programs, workshops, training, projects and also collaborating with universities, private and public organisations and government agencies to organise space programs withing the country. Compiling reports and sending them to the Space Generation Advisory Council Executives at Vienna, Austria.

I am also the Executive Director of my UAV manufacturing startup where we design and manufacture fixed wing systems for unmanned aerial vehicles according to client requirements. 

How did you get your job? Was it easy? 

It was not easy getting this position as there are a lot of other qualified people in the country that also registered for the position making it very competitive.

Launching my start up has not been easy as I had many rejections and had to spend a lot of money on testing our equipment and developing our products. But, it is important to persevere and be focused. I believe that having focus and a clear vision can help achieve a lot.

What advice would you give to people looking for a job in your industry?

Invest in yourself. The space industry is growing day by day and there are so many ways to be involved. Don't wait and expect something to come to you.

 What do you enjoy most about your role?

The freedom to talk to people, inspire the youth and make things happen. The creativity to make things happen by connecting with people.

Author

Emma Collier

Emma studies Physics with Astronomy at the University of Southampton.

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