There are several women in Nigeria doing tremendous things in the tech space, and this has been inspiring for many girls and ladies who are trying to break the stereotypes and launch into the tech space. Today, we will be sharing with you some of Nigeria’s finest women in the tech space who have been crushing barriers and obstacles and making a name for themselves with what they do.
Desiree Craig is passionate about leveraging technology to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In the past 6 years, she has worked across different sectors in the technology industry, including Media/Advertising, Edtech, Fintech and Health. She currently works as a Technology Product Manager at Andela.
On her advice to women who aspire to be in the tech space, she says: “there are lots of options to consider in technology – explore them!”
Ized Uanikhehi is Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at TORA Africa and she runs an online community DigiClan Africa. With 13 years experience in marketing, she has spent the last 5 years changing the digital landscape through her work, using tech for advocacy and helping startups promote their businesses through digital marketing. She has worked for and with international and local brands, developing and working on creative digital and offline marketing strategies to propel their brands forward.
She is fascinated by digital marketing via technology as a global tool to affect those in her immediate environment and reaching out to. Talking on what inspires her, she said “I am intrigued by how fast paced it is, constantly evolving and changing and the rush to keep learning so one can keep up with all of it …”.
Oluwatoyin is a Product Management professional with 8 years within the Nigerian Tech space. She led several campaigns for GTBank including the popular SME MarketHub. With core skills in project Management, product Strategy, and a little bit of Data Science, she is the Co-founder & VP, Product of Fieldinsight.
She got her exposure into the tech space while still a little girl who was influenced by her father’s passion in technology which then became her interest. By her undergraduate 4th year project, she became obsessed with modelling problems to find solutions. Today, the questions are different but she’s still modelling problems to find solutions within business and technology. She says “living with Sickle Cell Beta Thalassemia influences her work ethic”.
Mohini is the Media Manager at Paystack. Mohini’s passion lies in exploring the evocative powers of visual media to change perspectives. She uses multimedia storytelling to help people form emotional connections to the brands she works with.
She got her first job in Andela when she ran a free photoshoot for the first set of developers and had a conversation on storytelling with the then CTO. For her, Andela created a platform with which she could fuse her education with her multimedia practice while running social media campaigns and creating visual stories that would attract employees and partners.
For women considering a career in technology, she advises “you don’t have to be technical to be in tech…. There are lots of other competencies that support the tech ecosystem – Finance, HR, Communications etc. If you find that you possess those, and you’re interested in breaking into the industry, by all means reach out to tech companies that might need your services”.
Tosin leads the Lagos Innovates team at the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) where she launches and manages Lagos Innovates programs.
Talking on her background in the finance and project management and the role she plays now, she says: “…working for the Lagos State Government certainly sets me apart in tech. There is an element of policy impact that my work has on the tech ecosystem in Lagos that goes beyond financial support for the startups”.
She advises “getting in the space early means you can chart your own path and create your own future. Be eager to latch on to opportunities when they present themselves”.
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Aanuoluwapo Olajide is a freelance writer who believes that words are fundamental blocks and are the force of life and death. She is a tech enthusiast, fashion designer and a lover of words.