TOP 5 NIGERIAN WOMEN IN TECHNOLOGY
The era of a male-dominated technological sector is fast becoming old. Women globally and especially in Africa are developing interest in the technological world, even more.
Even so, the majority of them are devoted to mentoring younger females to enable female-owned technological companies in a few years. Is it working? Yes. Because their impacts on their countries are not left unseen by these younger ones.
Nigeria is one of the many African countries to have been blessed with women in Technology. These women are bold, dream-driven, and bent on making changes they hoped to see in Nigeria, as kids.
Please hang on as we discuss the top 5 Nigerian women in technology.
5. Bilkiss Adebola-Adebayo
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest economy with over 200 million inhabitants. This fact may also translate to high production of waste in the country, which is never handled well. Bilkiss Adebola-Adebayo is one of the top Nigerian women in technology working towards making great changes.
Bilkiss was studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her MBA where she got the sudden idea on how to solve Nigeria’s issue of “refuse management”.
She co-founded Wecyclers in Lagos which collects recyclable rubbish from households. An SMS message is then sent to these households informing them about how many points they’ve earned by trading their refuse. These points are eligible to earn food, call credit, and cleaning products.
Wecyclers has been successful thus far by partnering with Unilever, DHL, FCMB, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Nigerian Bottling Company.
Bilkiss Adebola-Adebayo has received numerous awards locally and Internationally for her efforts towards making Nigeria a better place.
4. Carolyn Seaman
Carolyn Seaman is one of the top Nigerian women in technology who has never been comfortable with the male-dominated technological Industry. She humbly advocates video technology, internet use, and digital technology use for social development to equip females between 18-25 years old.
Carolyn Seaman founded a non-profit organization, Girl’s Voices to provide a platform to inspire the girl child to get involved in technology.
Carolyn became the only African woman amongst 30 others to win the US-based World Pulse Prize in 2016 for her dedication to changing the normal narrative of the technological industry in Nigeria.
She and many others are changing the Nigerian tech story.
3. Olamide Ayeni-Babajide
This woman is another powerful one of the top Nigerian women in technology who is taking recycling to yet another level. Olamide is a Computer Engineer with an initiative to produce useful products out of disposed-off tyres and plastics through a process termed upcycling.
Pearl Recycling, a company founded by Olamide uses disposed tyres and plastics to produce ornaments, furniture, and home decor.
In a stereotypical country with cultural setbacks, Olamide has grown her company to get recognition for its green and carbon-neutral eco-furniture. Pearl Recycling has had exhibitions in Egypt and Germany to set the pace for other African women.
2. Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor
From 1993 till the present, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor has been driven not only by making easy and fast internet accessible to everyone in Nigeria but also by making it as affordable as it can be. She is one of the top Nigerian women in technology and also dubbed as Nigeria’s ‘Queen of Technology’.
After obtaining her MBA from London Business School, Juliet has worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company as Performance Monitoring and Quality Assurance Supervisor, a Program Manager at Microsoft UK, and a lot more before getting an appointment as Google’s Country Manager in Nigeria.
Aside from winning the “IT Personality of the Year” at the 2012 National Information Technology Merit Award and also getting recognized as “20 Youngest Power Women In Africa” by Forbes, Juliet is one of the top Nigerian women in technology passionate about mentoring young ladies to achieve success.
Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor founded Beyond Limits Africa as an initiative to gear younger women towards achieving dreams beyond limits.
Funke Opeke is a Nigerian woman who decided in 2008 to change the low internet connectivity in Nigeria. That decision led to the creation of West Africa’s leading Communication services and network solutions provider known as MainOne.
Funke grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria where she attended one of the leading solid foundation schools in the country, Queens College. She then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University and a Masters from Columbia University.
She started her career at Verizon Communications in New York City before retiring to Nigeria to serve as a Chief Technical Officer at MTN Nigeria in 2005.
Funke who came from a family of 9 and had the first Nigerian Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria as a father, knew how to set adequate goals and achieve them vividly.
She is currently a “Woman Crush Everyday” to younger ladies that are inspired by her. She is one of the few Nigerian Women in technology, changing the country, one solution after the other.
Africa is quickly catching up with the global technology trend and this is manifested through the wide breed of women taking up top spots in the technological industry of the continent.
Nigeria, as Africa’s biggest economy, is without doubts, leading the pack of African countries where women play an important role in technology.
These top 5 Nigerian women in technology, as discussed in this article, are some of the few people changing the narrative in Nigeria.
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