Published 05/05/14

Maduka Nwanekezi ’14: Accounting for a meaningful life

Major: Accounting
Minor: International Affairs
Hometown: Milton, MA
Path: Oil and gas consultant in Nigeria

Before he enters Bryant’s MBA program this fall, Maduka Nwanekezi will take part in a third summer internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boston, where he will work with clients in the auditing practice. The previous two internships allowed him to get a feel for corporate culture, build a network, and explore the opportunities within the field of accounting. “My first year at PwC showed me that accounting is not just about auditing and taxation,” he says. “I became very interested in their advisory practice because consulting is the type of work I would like to do in Nigeria, where my family is from.”

“Bryant has provided me with the skills and confidence to do well at PwC"

Nwanekezi first learned about the internships through Bryant’s award-winning Amica Center for Career Education, which helped him to prepare a professional résumé. “Bryant has provided me with the skills and confidence to do well at PwC,” he says. “I learned to work with others in a group setting and lost my fear of public speaking due to the many classes at Bryant that involve presentations.”

A history buff, Nwanekezi appreciates Bryant’s integration of business and liberal arts. He also likes being able to minor in international affairs while concentrating in business and accounting . “My international affairs background gives me a sense of the world today,” he says.

A defensive end for the football team, he has started every game since freshman year.

“The most important life skill I’ve learned as an athlete is accountability. I came to realize that my actions affect others,” says the 2013 Rhode Island Big Brother of the Year.

When Nwanekezi first visited Bryant, he fell in love with the campus. Even more importantly, he felt it was a place where he could become a better person academically and athletically.

“Bryant has exceeded my expectations,” he says. “More than half of the people I know had jobs lined up in September of their senior year.”