Employee Spotlight – Olajumoke Osuagwu, Acting Area Manager, South South

How has Cars45 helped you in your career development?
Cars45 has helped me focus and yearn to make great success in any enterprise I find myself. Before I joined the business, i considered myself a jack of all trades of some sort. But now, I have clarity and I have been able to draw a plan for success and growth. Cars45 has helped me to stay focused, develop my strengths and push myself to do all I can on every project.

What 3 words describe life at Cars45?
Innovative because we are always find new ways to do things around here. Inclusive because at every point, the business deliberately seeks out your input and suggestions. Engaging. But I would like to add one more word – Challenging. Challenging in a good way because working here forces you out of your comfort zone and stretches you.

Who’s your favourite colleague?
Mo is someone I can always go to for anything. He’s a great guy.

Best advice you would give to anyone who has just joined Cars45?
Own the business and act as if you are the CEO. Ask yourself, “if I owned this business, what will I do, what would I not do? For me, in my mind, I am Etopina – or whatever the female name for Etop is. That’s the attitude for me.

What is your favorite thing about working at Cars45?
In some of my previous work places, a lot of the ways of working were kind of cast in stone with little or no room to take ownership, risks or do something that isn’t in the playbook. That sense of being welded to a way of doing things. But Cars45 allows me to be creative and do new things. If it doesn’t work, I learn from it and move on, if it works, we optimize and scale for success.

What is the most challenging thing that you have ever had to do on this job?
It has got to be having to let some of my team members go. At times, it can be difficult to say these goodbyes. As a manager, you have related with them, seen their potentials but they are not just on the right path and so it’s time to say goodbye. Just because as a business, we have to stay focused on what we need to do to get to where we are going.

Tell us 3 things we don’t know about you?
I am a good cook. I once used work for a company where I off-loaded containers for a living. It was at a Target warehouse and I used that to pay some of my bills while I was in college. I also know how to drive a forklift, a clamp and some heavy articulated vehicles.

What three traits define your personality?
I am a team player. I am always so motivated and so many times, I am my own biggest cheerleader. Lastly, I love to take ownership of any task that I have assigned to.

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?
I would probably be selling shoes because I love shoes so much. But I’d most definitely be buying and or selling something, maybe shoes or fabrics.

If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
In Cars45, that would be Able John Egwu and outside of the workplace, Oprah Winfrey.


How do you define success?
Success for me is putting my very best and all into any assignment or project. I strive to give it my all and that is my definition of success.

When you are not at work, what else are you passionate about?
When I am not work, I am very passionate about my family. My friends have teased me that, I don’t like to hang out but for me, I just love being at home with my family.

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