Teva IT specialist David Onamusi is putting his technical skills to good use to achieve #HealthForAll
David Onamusi is a man on a mission. When he’s not working as a digital business analyst at Ridings Point in Teva UK, he runs the Redefine Success Summit in Lagos, Nigeria. The annual entrepreneurs’ event focuses on the importance of health in business. “To me, Teva’s promise is about helping people to live better days. I see myself as one of the privileged ones – and this is my opportunity to give something back.”
Born in Nigeria, David is keen to put the skills he has learned at Teva to benefit the wider community and his home country. “I want to use my experience in the corporate world to help.”
David pays for the Summit out of his own savings. “This year we are hoping for more support, although we’re not looking at tens of thousands of pounds.”
His efforts support the World Health Day 2018 theme of #HealthForAll. It’s a pressing issue in Nigeria where life expectancy is relatively low – around 50 years of age. (Life expectancy is 81.60 years in the UK and 78.74 years in the US, according to the World Bank).
David explains the health situation in the country: “A lot of people in their forties are having strokes and heart attacks. A change in lifestyle could help, such as diet – eating less oil in their meals, getting more sleep.
Tackling lifestyle issues
“There’s also a lot of pollution with people living in poor conditions. Diabetes is on the rise. I travelled back to Nigeria and on the plane I was served tea which was about 60% sweet condensed milk and 40% sugar! More people are starting to drink dairy-free products such as soy milk but there is still a long way to go.”
David’s third Redefine Success Summit will be held in July 2018. The entrepreneurs that he has gathered work across the health sector as well as in technology, culture and personal development. They have been chosen because they all have a good understanding of a healthy work/life balance.
This year the summit will be held at the University of Lagos, one of the biggest in Africa, and around 300 people are expected to attend. Helping aspiring entrepreneurs is the aim, with a further emphasis placed on the health sector. Five speakers have been confirmed including a personal development coach, targeting mental strength.
One of the inspiring entrepreneurial examples David shares is that of a cancer survivor. “She was diagnosed in her thirties and now serves the top one percent of the rich in real estate properties. Her story of surviving cancer is amazing and will be encouraging for anyone going through something similar.”