Welcome our Account Manager - Kemi Sangowawa

Mon 23 Aug 2021 - posted by Anne Walsh

This year has seen us take a number of steps back towards normality, as we emerge from the shadow of Covid-19. For one woman, these steps include dancing, eating delicious food and travelling all over the world.

Kemi Sangowawa has studied music as well as having a degree in architecture and a dream of being an interior designer. On top of that she has a master’s degree in design studies with marketing.

She was one of millions around the country who not only interviewed for a role in the shadow of the pandemic but smashed it too. Right now, she’s taking on the challenge of being an account manager, but she’s had not only a full career history but a fascinating life journey to this point too.

“I have a somewhat mismatched career history, as I’ve worked both in house and on the agency side too. Kemi said.

“My last two roles I worked on everything from branding and creative to tone of voice and individual marketing.”

Kemi has worked in a host of different industries too, and boasts African brands, banks, NGO, and fashion as well as pet brands, food and drink and wineries in her impressive portfolio.

She said: “I don’t specialise in a particular area. I know what I want to do and that’s a lot of different things – that’s what attracted me to Interdirect; the variation.”

In her short time with the company, Kemi has already worked with some fantastic local businesses including The Parks Trust and Whittlebury Hall, and as brilliant a job as she’s doing, she admitted it’s hard working remotely, and not getting to sit down with a cup of tea with her friends and co-workers.

“One of my favourite things about a job is getting to know the people. Going over to someone’s desk with a biscuit (and a request for some work.) Kemi said.

“I love actually meeting with people face to face because that’s what gets results and helps me to understand things. I love sitting round a table discussing ideas.”

Hopefully, with the recent lifting of more restrictions this will soon become more of a reality. That, and the fabulous foodie also says she can’t wait to continue exploring more of the world. Already, she’s been to a host of amazing and fascinating countries, including her personal favourite – Cuba.

She said: “I’m not a fake foodie. I love cooking and actually creating dishes rather than just going to a restaurant and eating it.

“The food in Cuba was amazing. The whole country was the same, the sun, the sea the people.

“I’m from West Africa, I’m half Nigerian and half Ivorian, and I went to Mozambique – a part of Africa I’d never been to, and the food there was amazing too.”

In the future Kemi’s got big plans to see even more of the world, with her dream locations being Japan, Brazil, and Argentina.

“I was supposed to go to Japan last year, but Covid ruined that plan, so I’ll definitely get there eventually. The mix of tradition and technology is incredible.” She said. “In Brazil, the migrations of different cultures are fascinating, plus the Latin and African dancing I love is part of their day to day.”

Already, we’re painting a picture of someone who’s incredibly interesting, right? Someone you’d love to have a cup of tea with in the office, but that’s not all. When asked what her superpower would be she said she’d want to travel back in time – but with no consequences, of course.

In the here and now, if you want a cuppa with Kemi then make sure you set aside some time, because she’s sure got a story to tell.