By Deji Aroloye
Fisayo Olamigoke is a music promoter, IT consultant and entrepreneur based in the United States. In this chat with TS Weekend, he talks about the Nigerian music industry and why he is establishing an online job application centre in the country.
Can you tell us about yourself?
I am an IT consultant, but my hobby is music. I am putting up a music studio production and record label to manage young artists so that they can get to the top of their careers. I got to the airport in Amsterdam and there was this white guy with a Dutch accent saying ‘I know Olamide, Tuface’. He didn’t understand our language but loves the rhythms of our music. Look at Kiss Daniel reigning like mad in America. We have gotten to a level the whole world is coming to Lagos to see what is happening. That is the reason why I am coming to invest.
What are the criteria for recruiting these talents?
I will do auditioning first. The personality is also important and then you’ll have to humble yourself. You may not even have a good voice but you can be an entertainer. The way you structure your music is also important. I will prefer somebody going to the root like Olamide. We are going to have a music label under CareerMega.com.
What is CareerMega.com all about?
As an IT architect, I have been developing programmes for 20 years now. We have a firm, Ivy League Associates, in Houston, Texas. We have come up with a job centre application called careermega.com. It is a web application to save time for both the employers and the job seekers. I remember in 2014 when Nigerian Immigration Service was trying to recruit, they recruited en masse. At the end of the day, they lost about 24 people because they did not use a modern technology system. As an employer, pre-screening takes a lot of money and time. From our survey, we realised that more than 89,000 hours is what employers spend on the phone with job seekers per year. That is why we have careermega.com to make life better for the employers and the job seekers.
But there are organisations doing this already in Nigeria?
This is what makes us unique. As an employer, you want five people, and you post the job into our web portal. 2000 people applied and get emailed that they should come for interview. There is a pre-recorded video with questions pushed into the application. Even though, it is not the actual interview, the idea is to pre-screen and select the candidates for another stage after viewing their profile and resume. Again, you pre-screen them without coming to your location. Meanwhile, the employer has pre-corded the interview and the video is working for 100 job seekers at the same time. Let’s say the employer needs 10 out of the 100, he reviews the video, and the 10 people are subjected to computer-based test. We have CBT apps which other job centres do not have.