Atlantic Hall is undoubtedly an alma mater to numerous individuals making waves in different industries globally.
Being home to over 3,000 alumni, we are always proud of the amazing work of our robust Atlantic Hall alumni.
Our spotlight series highlights the work of alumni who are using their talents to make a difference in the world.
In this edition, we celebrate NKEM OJI-ALALA, Class 1993.
Nkem was among the pioneer set of the school. He was the second Head Boy from SS1- SS3 and the longest serving from 1991- 1993 (3years).
Oji-Alala studied Business Management at the University of Houston, Victoria, USA. He is a Business Development Consultant by profession who focuses in Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse and Software Development. He has worked in various technical project management positions with Affiliated Computer Services, Reliant Energy, Direct Energy, Project Manager (Engineering Operations and Initiatives) for GE Oil & Gas, and Siemens Energy (Wind Power).
Oji-Alala recalls his experience with an old teacher.
He said: ‘As a student, one of our English teachers, Mrs Duncan, stopped in the hallway, as she was going to her next class and said “Nkemjika, I must say I’m very proud of you, you didn’t have an impressive start when you started with us but you have made amazing strides so far, I’m very proud of you make sure you keep it up and continue to aspire to do more”. And she walked away. I felt like I was on the top of the world and I never wanted to disappoint her and till today, there’s always a need for me to do more, to be more than I can be. At that time, Mrs Duncan was my favorite teacher and the Asst Principal. Since then, I make it a point to encourage young people, reminding them not to rest on their laurels and challenge them to do more’.
NKEM OJI-ALALA is a former Board member, City of Houston Mayor’s International Trade & Development Council for Africa (MITDC-Africa), the Past-President of the U.S. Bilateral African Chamber of Commerce, a Board of Director of the Houston International Trade Development Council, President of Emergent Business Solutions, LLC, and IT consulting companies that specializes in providing ERP and business development solutions for commercial companies.
Nkem is the President of Network of Africans in Diaspora (NOAD), a network of African businessmen with interests in business development, community service and investment opportunities.
He is also the President and CEO of African Fashion Week Houston, the biggest African fashion week in the State of Texas that produces African fashion shows, showcases and workshops to educate and inform the community of the African heritage and culture.
The Co-Chair of Hearts of Houston Golf Tournament and the Executive Director of Information Control Systems in Lagos, Nigeria.
He is very passionate about International Trade in Africa, Fashion, and community service.
Through his work, Nkem has supported charities like the Houston Food Bank, Dress for Success, Breast Cancer Foundation and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
We are indeed proud of our very own Nkem!