Cellulant cares about the growth of its vibrant culture and thriving community,our pacesetter story features Enock Verinyama, who joined cellulant as a support Engineer, during and after completing his degree in Computer Science at the University of Zimbabwe.
Enock describes himself as someone who is disciplined and insightful. He further indicated he found himself using these traits to excel in life, because in his opininion he believes the influence on how your life turns out, comes from your background and the environment you are raised from, he affirms this by indicating that he was raised by christian parents who worked as civil servants.
Enock finds pride and joy through his daily job that affords him the ability to offer solutions to Africa’s digital payments problems because at the end of the day, ordinary people get to use and interact with applications/solutions he was part of their creations.
Enock shares his Cellulant Story:
What do you do at Cellulant?
I am responsible for “maintaining order” .and uptime for all services and merchants in Zimbabwe. I also have development skills as such I work on different projects for the Zimbabwe market and within the global digital banking team.
What attracted you to Cellulant?
Long story short, During my 3rd year at the University of Zimbabwe, it was mandatory for science students to go on attachment (or internship) within the real world and get experience. That’s when I had my first interaction with Cellulant. It was actually the first time I heard about the Company but that’s a story for another day,
Moving on, I scored an internship with Cellulant as an intern for a year, before going back to school.During this time I got attracted to the work environment, the people and the culture as well as getting the opportunity to work with people from all corners of Africa, as cellulant is a pan african company with a footprint that spreads across different African countries.
Another mind blowing experience at the time,as a student, I did not expect to be given full responsibility to take care of the biggest clients that Cellulant had partnered with at the time and to be treated as an employee,because at the back of my mind I thought I would be treated as a “student” but this was the key to everything and a great change of my perception about the Company and appreciated the level of responsibility that was bestowed upon me, still grateful and forever will be.
What drives you?
“The idea of how things work”, In my opinion everything in this world, is built on some level of a system, from people when God created us, to societies, to governments and their countries, to music, to motor car and planes to technologies and everything else you know and don’t know that it exists. This is what drives me, to understand it all and be able to do something about it.
What is something you wish you knew earlier in your life?
“Exposure to Computers”. I envy the 1st world countries and their capacity to expose young people to the world of technology as this has been the driving force for all that we use on a day to day. And that small device called a computer is what enables all this to exist today. From the 1980s era of Steve Jobs and Apple and Bill Gates and Microsoft, it changed everything.
What would you say has been the most exciting part of the job?
In short the ability to add value to the Cellulant vision statement which is “to enable seamless payments for businesses, banks and consumers across Africa’’.
As such working as a support engineer and the fact that at the end of the day, ordinary people get to use and interact with applications/solutions I create or had a part in creating them.
What’s the one problem you are solving for clients in this market?
Making sure that uptime of services for all the clients is up and the convenience of having multiple biller options on the different channels Cellulant offers.
What has been the most rewarding moment?
For me the reward comes from the daily work I do but I recall a time where I was afforded the responsibility to manage different services and products in Zimbabwe during that period I got to realize and learn a lot of my hidden attributes about my work and balancing it with my personal life.
Also generally getting to see projects I work on come to life, gives me joy and a pat on the shoulder that all is well and I will keep doing my best to deliver the best.
What has been the greatest challenge/learning opportunity about the job?
Being thrown into the deep end, Is something we experience here and it requires us to “swim” with direction of course and that drives us to learn ,appreciate and explore the different opportunities to use so as to sharpen our skills more as well as to discover our super powers . For me it’s a great and fascinating experience because I am always ready to learn and apply my sharpened skills.
Who has been the biggest influence in your career & why?
My dad has played a great role in who I am today and what I have accomplished career wise because he has always been my cheerleader and still to this day encourages me to always work hard and also pursue and follow my dreams.
John Macharia, has also been the biggest influence in my career so far knowingly and unknowingly, because I have learnt a lot from him through his guidance and leadership, I have had many improvements in my work as a direct result of working under his supervision. Many “props” to him.
What do you love most about working at Cellulant?
There is a lot to love about working at Cellulant but just to mention a few,
Meeting new people and the global imprint we are leaving in the industry as a result of our work, which is to enable seamless payments for businesses, banks and consumers across Africa.
I have always been a big fan of meeting new people from different countries and different cultures. And Cellulant is such one place where this is possible.
The other thing I love about working at Cellulant is that, as per the mandate of Cellulant, being recognised as a player who was present when all the infrastructure, technologies and relationships that makes everything possible were being built, is what i will always cherish for as long as I work at Cellulant and after.
In your own words, what does Cellulant want to do in Africa and why is that inspirational for you?
Cellulant is here to create a global payments infrastructure to allow payments for businesses and consumers in Africa. The idea of having Africans recognising a big gap in a strong market for payments and going out there in different countries to set up establishments and make this a reality is pretty fascinating and inspirational.