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20 Questions with Temitope Erinfolami, Data Auditor PMA2020/Nigeria

Tope1.jpg1. What is your name and role in PMA2020?
My name is Temitope Erinfolami, and I am a data auditor for PMA2020 Nigeria. 

2. How did you get involved with PMA2020?
My involvement with PMA started in 2015 during the second round. I was drafted in as a member of the data team. 

3. What does your typical day look like?
I usually have an interesting day where where I oversee various teams as they progress in their daily data collection routine. I check in and help them with issues they encounter which span from setting phone date and time to taking accurate GPS coordinates. I keep in touch with my higher-ups, updating them on our progress and make sure they are satisfied with the progress. 

4. What skills do you most frequently employ in your work with PMA2020?
Problem-solving and communication skills. 

5. What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020?
I work in a wonderful team where new things are constantly taught and many opportunities are given to come up with creative ideas to solve the problems that are identified.

6. If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...?
History rewriting opportunity. 

7. Why do you think PMA2020 is important?
PMA is important because it presents the real picture of basic public health issues in developing countries for which data was previously not available or for which data quality was poor and unusable.

8. What is the biggest challenge you face in your work?
Having to deal with people who find it difficult acclimatizing to a team environment. 

9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to listen to soft music, read, and go out. 

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
I'm not sure. There are too many choices! 

11. What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020?
The importance of team work, not compromising quality, and that communication is key. 

12. How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing?
By giving them similar tasks to what I do and occasionally providing them with feedback in a timely manner.

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

Tope Erinfolami (002).png14. What is your favorite public health topic?
Population, the environment, and health. 

15. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
Working to help development partners collect quality data to improve sub-Saharan Africa.

16. What are you afraid of?
Turning into a workaholic, or doing something I don’t enjoy and might not excel in. 

17. What is the most interesting thing you have learned while working with PMA2020?
Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much (Helen Keller). 

18If you could change one thing about anything, what would it be?
I would have every child receive quality education, most especially the girl-child in Sub-Saharan Africa.

19. Who is your role model and why?
Lee Kuan Yew. He just inspires me.

20. Any last words?
Thank you PMA2020.