Abimbola Alale was appointed as the MD and CEO, Nigeria Communication Satellite Ltd Abuja in 2015. Her love for astronauts took her to the international space university in France where she did her post-graduate studies in both masses and space studies and MBA, space management.
In an interview with BBC she speaks on her work and passion for the space.
On her biggest obstacle
My biggest obstacle in this journey of my career has been distractions from people who do not understand what space or satellite does for them. They do not understand the benefits; they do not understand that most of the things they actually enjoy come at a direct or indirect spinoff from space technology.
My entire journey, my career journey before I even joined the sector, my family has been there, very supportive. I had my child when I was in the university, looking after him, mixing school work and motherhood, if not for my family, it could have been much more tougher on me.
I come from a very large family. A family of ten. In Africa, there is a saying that the value of people is worth more than money and riches and it has propelled me to, even though I have just one biological child, It has made me to look out for more children to adopt. I should also, if I can afford it, be able to give other people or children opportunity.
On her career
I felt I actually made it in my career. Sometimes last year when I attended the Mederleson in Africa Satellite Operating Association meeting in Washington, I discovered then that I was the only female CEO, not just in the meeting, in the professional body because not so many women are heading satellite companies.
Watch the full interview below