Ambassador Spotlight ‘Victor Okonkwo’

Introducing Victor Okonkwo from the Anambra State, Nigeria, Africa as one of our latest Brand Ambassadors! Let’s learn some more about him:

Where did you study?
Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
Requirements to be a Surveyor in your area?
First, you’ll need a bachelor’s degree.
Second, you’ll need to apply to become a pupil surveyor, and after your application is accepted, you’ll serve as a pupil surveyor under a registered surveyor for 2 years minimum.
Third, after your 2 year pupilage is up, you then apply to become a registered land surveyor.
Note: You would be registered as a land surveyor by the surveyors council of Nigeria after having fulfilled requirements such as: preparing a survey folio reporting a total of 5 projects carried out and completed within your pupilage years, preparing for a written exam and also an interview where you need to defend the contents of your survey folio.
How long have you been in the industry?
Since 2011, after I graduated highschool
How did you get into surveying?
I never wanted to become a surveyor. I saw myself in the profession. But from my first day in the field with a surveyor, watching him carrying out a survey like a director would direct an orchestra, I knew that I wanted to become one.
Any associations and organisations you’d like to mention:
Nigerian Institute of Surveyors (NIS)
Young Surveyors Network (YSN)
Why are you volunteering?
Surveying is a dying profession; this is what I have come to observe and the only way to save it is to introduce the profession to kids. Not just introduce it to them, but make it something they would feel the need to be a part of. I am volunteering to preserve the profession, to make surveying a household name like medicine or engineering, to make kids and parents alike see an importance in the profesion and it’s professionals.
Why is GKiS important?
Because it is the bedrock of any meaningful development. Without surveyors, the architects, engineers, builders, cannot begin a project. Children need to understand that surveying is everywhere. We are the planners of modern society.
What are your plans as a Brand Ambassador?
The most important thing I’d do is to raise the banner of GKis high in my city, Awka. Create thorough awareness about GKis and then “invade” institutions of learning to meet with our target audiences.
What are your hobbies?
Chess, swimming, writing poetry and short stories, and listening to classical music.
Any GKiS character ideas
A lion’s cub
Ideas of future GKiS resources:
How to use technology to get kids into surveying via AI, Virtual reality, Games etc