Top 10 Female Role models in Africa’s Tech Space The problem of female underrepresentation within the tech industry in many regions around the globe is still a problem. Access to education is severely restricted in Africa for girls. A 2021 reportUNICEF reports that 129 girls worldwide are not in school. They may seem to be insignificant, but they are a testament to the belief of many women that the tech industry is only for men. It’s possible that seeing more women in IT will motivate more women to join. Despite being dominated by men, some women are still making an impact in the IT industry and acting as role models to other women. These days, there are more women in tech than ever before. Although there are many, these 10 extraordinary Africans are the ones we chose to highlight. Muthoni Masinde

Credits: cut. Ac. Za

Muthoni Masinde received a doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from the University of Cape Town, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and the University of Nairobi, respectively. She is a senior lecturer and the head of research at the Central University of Technology’s Department of Information Technology in South Africa. Her study, which focuses on the use of wireless sensor networks and mobile phone to provide ICT-based solutions for droughts and climate change, is having an impact. Masinde’s most current research result is Itiki (acronym for Information Technology and Indigenous Knowledge with Intelligence), an innovative bridge that was realized as a drought early warning system. This bridge combines African drought knowledge and science-based drought forecasting methods. Yanmo Omorogbe

Credits: business post Nigeria

YanmoOmorogbe was a Chemical Engineering student at Imperial College, London. She graduated with high honors. With Richmond Bassey, she co-founded the digital investing platform in 2019. This gives Nigerians instant access to stock prices from over 3,000 businesses on the US Stock Market through their smartphones or laptops. She is the Chief Operating officer of Bamboo, an app for investing that reduces the barriers to entry for people of all income levels. Omoregbe was an investment analyst at African Infrastructure Investment Managers before joining Bamboo. This investment company creates and manages private infrastructure funds that invest in long-term institutional unlisted equity in African infrastructure. Omoregbe rose from investment analyst to associate within two years of joining AIIM. Omoregbe hopes to create a fairground through Bamboo by offering Nigerians a way to grow their businesses and get returns on their investment. Is Aderinokun

Credits: nairametrics

Ire Aderinokun, a Google developer, is a Nigerian front end developer. She is Nigeria’s first female Google Developer Expert. Ire is a frontend designer and user interface designer who is self-taught. At 13 she started her first website, a Neopets fan site, and then she learned HTML programming. Ire also has a blog called bitsofcode where she offers programming advice to other programmers. She started a blog in 2015. She created a small scholarship program to help Nigerian women get an Udacity Nanodegree. Frontstack is a conference that brings together front-end engineers from Nigeria. She is the cofounder, COO and Vice President of Engineering for the African cryptocurrency exchange BuyCoins. Isis Nyong’o Madison

Credits: tech her

Isis Nyong’o Madison is a Kenyan media and technology entrepreneur. She worked with InMobi, Google, and MTV Africa, and is presently the director of strategic advice firm Asphalt & Ink. Albright Stonebridge Group’s Senior Advisor is also the inventor of Mum’s Village, an online platform that is changing the mother-child experience in Kenya. Madison has made her impact on expanding media and digital enterprises across Africa over the last decade, earning the title of “Africa’s Top 20 Youngest Power Women” by Forbes. She was the Managing Director of InMobi’s Africa division. Madison worked previously at Google, where her focus was on local content partnerships and mobile. She was part of the team that spearheaded MTV’s commercial venture into Africa. Juliana Rotich

Credits medium

Juliana Rotich, an information technology specialist from Kenya, created web tools that allow people to share information about disasters and provide environmental coverage. She co-founded iHub (a Nairobi-based collaborative innovation centre) and Ushahidi (open-source software for data collection, mapping, and analysis). She is a Senior Fellow of TED. She is a Board Member of Standard Media Group and Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board. Additionally, she is a trustee of Bankinter Foundation for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Spain. From May until December 2018, she was the head of BASF’s East Africa Country Cluster. Odunayo Eweniyi

Credits: execuitive. Technologies

Odunayo is a Nigerian activist and business executive. PiggyVest’s Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer, as well as the Feminist Coalition’s co-founder. Odun received the Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology in 2018 She was named to Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 Technology list in 2019. In 2019, she was named one of Quartz Africa’s 30 Innovators. Forbes Africa’s list of the 20 New Wealth Creators in Africa for 2019 included her. She was nominated in 2020 for The Future Awards Africa Prize to Young Person of Year. She was also listed on the Bloomberg 50 2020 list. Her combined contributions during the End SARS protests, October 2020, were recognized by Time 100 Next 2021. Eweniyi solicited funds for legal and medical assistance for victims of police violence during and after the End SARS rallies held in 2020. Rebecca Enonchong

Credits: muzz media

She is a Cameroonian tech entrepreneur, and founder and CEO at AppsTech. She is one of Africa’s women in tech role models who is most renowned for her work in Africa to promote technology. Numerous awards have been given to Enonchong by prestigious organizations such as the World Economic Forum. Forbes named her one of the top 10 African female tech founders in 2014 Enonchong spent most of her career supporting technology in Africa. This work has been done in the United States as well as in Africa. She co-founded and headed the Africa Technology Forum, an organization dedicated to supporting African entrepreneurs in technology. She is a member of the Foundation’s board of directors. She is a member of the board of VC4Africa, one of Africa’s biggest online forums committed to entrepreneurs and investors. She is a member of the Digital Advisory Panel for the UK Department for International Development and has worked briefly with the UN’s Women Global Advisory Committee and the UN ICT Task Force. Addy Awofisayo

Credits: Nigeria Communications Week

Addy Awofisayo, Head of Music for Sub-Saharan Africa on YouTube and YouTube Music, has been since September 2021. Addy was previously the Content Partners Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, YouTube. She assisted artists and creators on the continent in their YouTube growth plans. She was a driving force behind the debut of YouTube Music/Premium in Nigeria, as well as Idris Elba’s extremely prominent Africa Day Concert. She spearheaded several initiatives to encourage the growth of African creators, including NextUp SSA and Creator360 Africa. Before joining YouTube, Addy worked previously at Microsoft Corporation and CBS. She also has a Harvard University Master’s degree and a University of Virginia Bachelor’s degree. Farida Nana Efua Bedwei

Credits: techher

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei (Ghanaian software engineer) is co-founder of Logiciel a fintech company in Ghana. Farida Bedwei is an experienced developer of mobile and corporate apps, as well software architecture and deployment primarily for banking applications. Bedwei went on to G-Life Microfinance where she was responsible for developing and executing new services and products. She left in April 2011 in order to co-found and be the chief technology officer at Logiciel Ltd in Accra. She developed and deployed gKudi (a web-based, cloud-based, banking software suite for microfinance), which is currently used by 130 institutions throughout the country. Nmachi Jidenma

Credits: sequoia capital

Nmachi Jidenma is Sequoia Capital’s Senior Director of Scouts and Partnerships. She is in charge of Sequoia’s Scout seed investing program as well as partnerships. Stripe, Uber, and Notion are among Scout’s investments. Nmachi is a member of the Goddy Jidenma Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is a Limited Partner at How Women Invest, an initial stage venture capital business, as well as a member of the CCHub Investment Company’s Board of Directors and a business mentor/advisor. Fortune Conferences, Techonomy and Stanford Graduate School of Business have all hosted her talks. She also spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Money2020 and other international conferences. Her work has been published in a variety of publications including CNN and Reuters.



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