Nigerian Insurance Broker Gives Back to Her Community.

Dreams, when nurtured have the potential to become world-changing ideas. At least this is story of Dooshima Judith Pila, an insurance broker, who conceived her dream while growing up in the small town of Lessel, Ushongo Local Government Area of Benue State.She didn’t let that kill her dream, instead she worked hard and brought her dream to reality. And upon moving to Canada in 2014, she knew that she wanted a job in the sector, so she took her broker licencing exams. She started off as an assistant and also performed reception duties, and gradually transitioned into a broker role. Today, this work continues to give her fulfilment since she is able to help people protect the things that are most valuable to them.Due to her desire to give back to her community, she aspired for greater heights and eventually got involved with the Insurance Institute of Canada (ICC), as a career Connections Ambassador.In a recent chat with Dooshima, who is today an account manager at Capital Insurance Brokers in Edmonton Alberta, Canada, she said, “I took a diploma in insurance and coming from Nigeria, it’s not a country where insurance is something that has been talked about every day. It’s only the rich people who have insurance and then even for companies, it’s only big companies that have insurance. I felt that people were missing out on how important insurance is.”“My experience has been nothing short of amazing. Each time I’m out there, I share the knowledge about the industry that I have and I am able to share my experiences as a broker as well and tell people about the great opportunities in the insurance industry.”“People use insurance every day, but there is little that they know about it. People are asking questions like, what does an underwriter do? Those kinds of questions I find really interesting, so it’s been a great experience.”In a bid to give back to her people and raise the next generation of young people, willing to work in the insurance sector, in 2017, she ran an insurance campaign in Nigeria called The Insure Africa Project, which reached out to hundreds of high school students in three major cities. Print and digital information resources on insurance were donated to these schools and students also had the opportunity to ask questions about insurance. The goal, she said was to create awareness.“At the end of the day, we saw that students were asking questions, and that’s really what I wanted – I wanted younger people to create a conversation about insurance and be able to start asking questions, to go home and ask their parents, why don’t we have life insurance, why don’t we have home insurance?”She hopes to continue the campaign in the future and by doing so, help change the perception of insurance in Africa as well as potentially inspiring other people to follow in her footsteps.

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