Sunday, June 15, 2008

Their Last Name Means Business

People with the West African surname "Mba" are often mistaken for business school graduates.

Ibrahim Mba, a college student in Dallas, says he, too, gets the raised-eyebrow treatment when filling out job applications at, say, Jack In The Box, the burger joint where he once worked the night shift. "They're flabbergasted," he says. "They ask, 'You have an M.B.A., and you'd work here?'"
Then again, some Mbas are business school graduates.
[L]ast month, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School here conferred a Master of Business Administration degree to Ifeoma "Iffy" Mba, a Nigerian economist who worked in corporate finance before coming to Philadelphia from Lagos, Nigeria's financial hub.
The 28-year-old isn't the only Mba with an M.B.A.: Lawrence Mba, a financial consultant in Canada, already had his when he emigrated from Nigeria. And then there was Robinson O. Mba, who earned one from Columbia University back in the 1970s, the school's records show. [Link]

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