"From GTB to Binance;" Olubunmi Fabanwo's amazing seven-year journey from TradFi to Web3 ‌

29 Jul 2023

"From GTB to Binance;" Olubunmi Fabanwo's amazing seven-year journey from TradFi to Web3

Olubunmi Fabanwo has embarked on an eventful career journey, transitioning from the traditional banking system to the Fintech sector, and eventually finding his place in the blockchain space within a span of seven years.

Currently, Olubunmi serves as the Africa Affiliate Program Manager for Binance, which is the largest cryptocurrency exchange globally. In an interview, he shares valuable lessons from his exciting adventure.

Olubunmi Fabanwo began his professional career at GTBank in 2015, but he always had his sights set on the blockchain technology industry, believing it had the potential to revolutionize finance. The 2020 lockdown proved to be a defining moment for him. During this time, he immersed himself in extensive research on blockchain and also seized the opportunity to make a viral post on LinkedIn as he reached the age of 30, leveraging the social capital it brought.

The turning point came when he connected with Coinnewsextra, a crypto media outlet. This collaboration led to interviews and eventually his own TV show called "Banks and Blockchain," where he invited and interviewed notable personalities to discuss various subjects related to blockchain. Through this platform, Olubunmi's credibility in the blockchain space continued to grow, even as he remained a traditional banker. His determination to pursue tangible opportunities in the blockchain industry fueled his drive.

In October 2021, Olubunmi made a move to Mono, a Fintech firm, recognizing that joining the Fintech space would further solidify his credibility in the blockchain domain. As a remote worker, he continued with his TV show, which opened up new opportunities for him. In March 2022, he eventually landed the role of Africa Affiliate Program Manager for Binance, marking a significant milestone in his journey.

For Olubunmi, blockchain has been transformative, playing a pivotal role in changing the course of his life. It allowed him to break free from the frustrations of traditional banking and embrace the dynamic world of blockchain, where he sees immense growth potential and the possibility of democratizing finance.

Olubunmi feels that Africa is not fully prepared for the blockchain revolution in banking, which would necessitate acceptance and acknowledgement from authorities and the general public. He believes that, like the internet, the blockchain revolution is unavoidable and will emerge in due order. He proposes a transitory regulatory approach that focuses on educating citizens and working with stakeholders to develop an informed and gradual regulatory process. Olubunmi is dedicated to spreading blockchain and DeFi content on social media in order to advance and comprehend this disruptive technology

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