“I’ve been in a situation where a male counterpart, in the same role, was earning more than me.” — Peace Obinani

In this interview, OurPass speaks to Peace Obinani, a prolific product marketing manager, about working in a male-dominated industry and her experience as a tech expert.

“I’ve been in a situation where a male counterpart, in the same role, was earning more than me.” — Peace Obinani
Peace Obinani, Product Marketing Manager

In this interview, OurPass speaks to Peace Obinani, a prolific product marketing manager, about working in a male-dominated industry and her experience as a tech expert.

What’s your name and what do you do?

Hi! My name is Peace Obinani. I am a product marketing manager. I also run a community called “Non-tech in Tech”. It’s a community for non-tech people that work in tech.

Is this what you’ve always dreamed of doing?

Well, growing up, just like a lot of other children, I wanted to be a medical doctor. And I kind of pursued it up until the point of getting into university. After I wrote JAMB a couple of times and JAMB jambed me, I then switched to Microbiology, so I studied Microbiology but here I am in Marketing.

Why do you think it’s important to celebrate IWD?

I think it’s important to celebrate women’s day to give people that reminder. I think that a lot of people just forget the whole essence after IWD but ideally, it should go beyond celebrating women’s day. It should be an everyday thing of having representation of women in various fields and speaking up for the cause and other things that will help women to create that balance and equity that we are striving to get.

What barriers have you faced in your career or business due to being a woman?

Thankfully, I’m currently in a workplace that prioritizes equity and balance. But before now,  I have worked in industries and spaces where being a woman came with its own challenges. I have worked in event production, and at the time I used to have to be in charge of a lot of men because of the role that I was in. And it was kind of difficult navigating that, because it felt like tiny me trying to control and give orders to these men, but I pulled through with different tactics. And also, in terms of pay, I’ve been in a situation where a male counterpart in the same role was earning more than me. And the reason for that was “men have more responsibilities”. But I’m thankful that that situation is in the past.

What has resonated with you the most as a career woman?

What has resonated with me the most in my career progression is learning resilience. I've learnt resilience and how to put my foot on the ground. I used to be really soft because I wanted to be liked, but right now, I really don’t care. I just want to see my job get done and over with.

How can we encourage more women to pursue entrepreneurship or leadership roles in their careers?

I think that representation matters a lot for younger women. Directly or indirectly, they are looking up to someone, somewhere who has gone through uncharted territories or terrains that have looked seemingly impossible for women. And when they see someone doing it, it inspires them to also do it. So, representation matters a lot, and the onus is on all of us to keep forging ahead for the generation that is to come.

What progress have you seen on gender equality in your life and work?

I think the progress I have seen personally is being in a space where it’s really just about what I do and how much work I put in. Nobody is really seeing me as Peace, the woman. It’s Peace,  the product marketing manager; Peace that gets the job done; Peace that you can call on and would deliver. So it’s really not about my gender and I am thankful for that.

What barriers have you faced in your career or business due to being a woman?

I mean, this week, someone called me a beast. She said, “You're a beast at what you do. Don’t let anybody tell you anything else. You're a beast”. The good kind of beast, of course. So, I think that stuck for me and I might just stick with it for a while. Peace the beast, it sounds nice.

What impact would you like to make in the world?

I don't know about directly making impacts and changes in the world, but I feel like little things that you do on your own would sort of result in big impacts. So, it's not directly, “Oh, I want to change the way all the men in the world think’’ or “I want to change the government or the politics in the world”. I just think that it's a bit of you and the little things you do in your corner that would amount to the changes in the world.

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