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There is a certain position for women in Nigeria across all industries – and it’s not the backseat.

Women in Nigeria are leaving their mark and turning whatever they touch to pure gold; this is happening everywhere, even it Tech.

Or rather, especially in Tech.

Nigerian women are riding the waves of opportunity that the tech industry presents in no small means and inspiring tech advancement globally. This development is encouraging more women to start something innovative in the tech space. 

In the tech industry, women make up less than 40%, making it a ripe landscape for more women in Nigeria

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It takes a great deal to become a well recognized woman in tech. Being successful in tech means building a powerful network of supporters. 

Here in this article, you will meet the Nigerian women inspiring global tech advancement and are ready to do more.

Ire Aderinokun

Ire Aderinokun is a self-trained Frontend Developer and User Interface Designer in Lagos, Nigeria. She helped establish BuyCoins (YC S2018), a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa, and recently worked with eyeo, the organization behind products like Adblock Plus and Flattr Plus, building open-source software to make better web experience.

Ire has solid expertise in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but is passionate about all aspects of technology. She has composed more than 100 articles on these topics on her blog, bitsofco.de, and has spoken at gatherings around Africa and the world.

Nnenna Nwakanma

Nnenna Nwakanma is the co-founder of the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa. She works as the Senior Policy Manager for the World Wide Web Foundation, and also supports the work on the Alliance for Affordable Internet and the Web We Want. She speaks in English and French as well as several African languages.

Nnenna is a well-respected technology voice and pioneer in Africa. Her ability to arrange and overcome any barrier between the local and the global has made her a voice conveyor for women, rural populations, the unconnected and the civil society across the world.

Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor

Juliet is the country manager for Google in Nigeria. Dubbed Nigeria’s ‘Queen of Technology’, she is excited about bringing affordable internet access to Nigeria and also immensely increasing the participation of women in technology. She previously worked with Microsoft in the UK as well as Shell Petroleum Development Corporation.

Juliet Ehimuan was listed in Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women In Africa in 2011”. Ehimuan’s contributions to technology and entrepreneurship has won her several awards and recognitions. She is a recipient of the London Business School Global Women’s Scholarship, and while at the University of Cambridge, she received two scholarly awards – Selwyn College Scholar and Malaysian Commonwealth Scholar.

Juliet is the founder of Beyond Limits Africa, an initiative aimed at mentoring young women to achieve success

Nkem Okocha

Nkem Okocha was a banker and is now the founder of Mamamoni, a social enterprise and fintech startup that empowers women with microloans and free financial and vocational skills training. 

The startup has been able to impact the lives of more than five thousand low-income women in rural communities across Lagos like; ojo, ijegun and ikotun. Nkem is an alumnus of the popular Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme and the Young African Leaders Initiative, as well as a LEAP Africa 2016 Social Innovator.

Lola Masha

Lola is the country manager of OLX Nigeria, an online marketplace where you buy and sell goods and services. She has worked with Google Nigeria leading the business development team, as well as McKinsey Telcos and Device OEM across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. 

Lola is the co-founder and executive director of Babban Gona farmers service limited, Babban Gona is an innovative Agricultural Franchise model founded to leverage the private sector to address Nigeria’s spiraling youth unemployment challenge. She holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley.

Ibijoke Faborode

Head of Agritech and Healthcare Advisory, West Africa with the UK Department for International Trade. Ibijoke leads on International trade facilitation and investment advisory between the UK and 6 principal West African markets. 

She is an astute professional, gender advocate and change-maker; with a decade of cross-geographical experience spanning various fields including Agribusiness consultancy, Policy Advisory, International Trade Facilitation, Investment Promotion, Pan-African Media Management and International Business Development. 

In a bid to promote opportunities in Nigeria’s growing agric space, in 2017 she led the very first bi-lateral agri-focused dialogue between the UK and Nigeria in London, which attracted over 100 delegates from Nigeria and multilateral bodies such as the Africa Development Bank. She currently co-chairs the Women’s Network at the High Commission.

Folayemi Agusto

Folayemi is the co-founder of Eat Drink Lagos. What started in 2014 as “just” a food blog, has grown into the holy grail  for inhabitants and visitors deciding where and what to eat and drink in Lagos. In addition to blog posts reviewing dining experiences at hundreds of restaurants, Eat Drink Lagos has branched out in other ways to influence and enhance the culinary landscape of Lagos. 

Most notably, Lagos favourite food festival- the annual EatDrinkFestival launched in 2015 was a bold and pioneering move undertaken at a time when there was nothing similar happening in Lagos.

Folayemi has worked in a number of industries including finance as an equity research analyst, telecommunications, media, etc. and now feels that she is firmly at the intersection of digital media and technology. She is also the Travel Experience Manager at Andela.

Carolyn Seaman

Carolyn is an advocate of promoting female involvement in technology. She is the founder of the Girls’ Voices initiative, a non-profit that provides a platform that enables girls to share their stories and inspire other girls with the use of technology and digital media. Carolyn won the US-based World Pulse Prize in 2016, being the only African among thirty other women selected.

As a Girl Expert, Carolyn is passionate about empowering adolescent girls and women to access basic rights education and build necessary skills to enable them to champion advocacy for their rights exploring innovative approaches to promote gender equality.

Desiree Craig

Desiree Craig is excited about leveraging technology to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the past 6 years, Desiree has worked across different sectors in the tech industry, including Media/Advertising, Ed-tech, Fintech and Health. She worked as a Technology Product Manager at Andela, a tech company that builds high performing distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers but now the Vice President at uLesson Education. 

In her spare time, She can be found writing fiction/non-fiction and on rare occasions dabbling in poetry. Desiree is also a closet adrenaline junkie and seeks out thrilling experiences.

So, we have met 9 inspiring Nigerian women that are changing technology and giving back to the community in impressive ways. More women are invited to join the tech space and impact lives while introducing or facilitating innovative startups..

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