Many who hail from the African American community believe that their future is in sports or music, having seen the success that others were able to achieve. However, Richard “Ojay” Ojuri is determined to show them another future they can strive for. Known for his ventures in broadcasting, Ojuri has been working to build his career in banking, hoping to inspire the next generation to follow his example.
The son of Nigerian parents, Richard Ojuri grew up in Prince Georgia, Maryland. He grew up with a natural ability to draw people into his friendly aura, helping him build a career as a broadcaster. Ojuri would later find his calling as a radio personality. However, he still held his education in high regard. Ojuri would later enter Lincoln University, the first HBCU. There he studied Business Management Information to prepare for his career.
Ojuri recently graduated in the spring, and he would use his degree to enter the finance and banking world while continuing his broadcasting career in his free time. When Ojuri entered the banking industry, he realized that he was the only one from an HBCU.
“Out of all my colleagues, I am the only one who went to an HBCU,” Ojuri revealed, “I want to open the door for many other HBCU graduates who want to get into the finance and banking world.”
Despite having only started recently, Richard Ojuri was able to climb quickly. He attributes his quick succession to his excellent relationship skills that have helped him grow strong relationships with his clients. “They put their trust in me,” he shared happily, “So it makes me feel good that they feel safe around me and provide me with all their information. I even assist with some financial advice.”
When Ojuri entered the banking industry, he came in intending to lead in the private banking sector and inspire other HBCU graduates who aspire to thrive in banking. However, with 18.9% in the industry identifying as black, only 9.2% are working at a professional level, leaving 6.9% between the first and mid-level and 2.6% at the executive or senior level. Currently, Ojuri is part of the 6.9% of people working at a professional level, and his goal is to ultimately join the 2.6% of people once he graduates with his masters. He hopes to help others realize what’s in store for them when they decide to pursue banking.
“The process will not be easy,” he shared, “But it will be a beneficial career path, and the amount of networking opportunities you have is limitless.”
Although his goal is to impact the youth positively, Ojuri is also hopeful that other high-level and private bankers will connect with other African Americans who are either interested or already in the field to guide them as mentors so they can grow and feel comfortable.
Richard Ojuri has been making great strides toward his goals, and he knows that it cannot be accomplished overnight. He is currently focused on his work and foresees his masters getting completed in a few years. Additionally, Ojuri hopes to be a relationship master in the private banking sector. He is also enthusiastic about guiding the next generation and plans to hold events at local colleges to influence them on their career path.
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