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Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker

About Me:

I graduated at 19 and have 3+ years of experience, (at matriculation, I’d have 4+ years of experience at the age of 24). I started my career as an intern at a small real estate firm and in three years I’ve had 3 promotions and I’m currently working at a Fortune 500 bank leading a small team.

Would I be considered too young for the class?


Undergrad School: Top 15% in my country

Undergrad Major: Accounting

GPA: 3.57

GMAT: 720

Age: 23,  Ethnicity: Black or African American

Other Degree/Certification: CFA Level 3 Candidate

Extracurriculars: I am a co-founder of a telemedicine company that makes healthcare more affordable and accessible in Nigeria, I also sit on the Board that bridges the gap between Nigeria's Chamber of Commerce and Nigerian Universities; I create and manage competitions and pitches made by students to top firms and multinationals in the country, Recently, I mentored less fortunate high school and university girls in Nigeria that are going through difficulties in their education.

Work History:

Title: Investment Banking Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Boutique Firm

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 5 mos

Title: Financial Markets Analyst

Industry: Banking & Finance

Company: Fortune 500

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

– Exceed employers’ expectations as I have always had my promotions fast-tracked
– Co-founded my company that has been able to raise significant pre-seed funding and onboard 100+ patients

– Led my team to produce a non-toxic pesticide to combat malaria in low-income neighborhoods
– Founding member of my university’s investment club

Post MBA Goal:

Short Term
– Switch locations (to the country where I will study for my MBA) and maintain a strong career trajectory as an Investment Banker

– M&A with a focus on emerging market economies

I’d also like to know my chances at the experienced Msc Fin program at LBS


Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Considering: MIT Sloan, Cornell Johnson, Columbia


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 42%

  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 35%

    Hi, Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker, this is Julie-Anne Heafey at mbaMission. I think your story is very cool, and love your leadership and progression both on the job and in the community. Honestly, I’m torn on the experience question. I am a little bit cautious on where the promotions were and to what level (was one of the three a promotion from intern to analyst?). It looks like you have only been at your current firm for one year and are currently still at an analyst level…I just wonder if there’s another promotion to more of an associate title or similar coming, which would help. If you can overcome these hesitations, then I think your outstanding other qualities will help you find …

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  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Hi Ms. Nigerian Investment Banker, Melisa here from Stratus Admissions. Wow, early graduation and fast-tracked promotions. There is a lot to like in your profile. Strong stats, rapid promotion and strong community/leadership involvement. You can leverage your pitch competitions skills in helping to run a business plan competition at school! You have highlighted your opportunity in your application – your young age and lower end of years of experience. So while you will be younger in the application pool, I don’t think that makes you too young. What will be important through your application is to explain why now is the right time for you – and not in a year or two. Adcoms will be looking for examples of your leadership – which …

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