Honey Ogundeyi is a well-known Management Consultant with a decade old experience in Internet, Telecoms, Brand Management and Business Consulting. She is also skilful in web commerce, online and mobile advertising.
Honey is the Founder and CEO of Fashpa; an exceptional online retail store that provides customers with trendy fashion and accessories in Nigeria and beyond. She hails from a family of entrepreneurs and graduated with a B.Sc. in Public Policy from the University of Birmingham in 2004.
Honey started Fashpa because of a number of reasons. She was unable to buy a pair of shoes because it was unnecessarily exorbitant. Therefore there is a need to ensure the accessibility and affordability of quality clothing to help Nigerians and other Africans stay in touch with their culture via fashion.
Before Fashpa, Honey Ogundeyi carved a niche for herself with the various places she worked and the career she built in all the different countries she's lived in!
Aside her many achievements, Honey Ogundeyi has been recognized and honoured by prominent international/national non-profit outfits for the excellent role she has been playing in using technological platforms to inspire today’s women in Africa.
Start-ups greats are still awed by her ability to fuse trendy fashion with technology in Nigeria. Fashpa, has also become a popular clothing line and fashion lifestyle brand that is sought by customers in Africa and beyond.
Why TechHer Loves Her:
Honey Ogundeyi is driven by the desire to make an impact. The lesson for women is that we can leverage on technology as an enabler both for starting and promoting great concepts. We will never know until we try!
Honey Ogundeyi belongs to the ‘Never Give Up’ school of thought, and has always written about women starting small. She believes that everything great starts small. She says Fashpa started in her bedroom before she got an office. This trendy fashion brand is a testament of her problem solving skills.
Honey Ogundeyi once said “...I think what is interesting about developing online platforms is that you can’t just apply what happens in Europe and America to this market. So you have to adapt it and make it relevant to our Nigerian and African customer.”
How are you adapting technology to suit your market/community/audience today?
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Betty Enyonam Kumahor is Ghanaian. She is an information technology strategist, management consultant and entrepreneur who grew up with computers around her. Betty has an older brother who introduced her to C programming. By the age of 12, she had basic programming skills. She finished from Ghana International School in 1994 and proceeded for a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1997. She graduated with MSc in Medical Informatics from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1999. In 2008, she graduated with M.A in Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management in the United States of America.
Betty's work history is as impressive as it is also inspiring. We've had to do some deep digging but we fear we might not have covered the brilliance that this lady is!
She also worked as facilitator between technical and business analyst teams on a $2million plus data migration project. The project was much on the migration of an International Business Machines (IBM) mainframe Health Management System Application to ORACLE/UNIX- based CSC Application for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Wisconsin. She also designed a system to track and effectively manage IT assets of over 250 personnel.
Why TechHer Loves Her:
Betty Enyonam is a ‘strategic doer’. Her profile makes us want to jump up and be better! Here's something she said we want to share: “Technology is an exciting world and I am sure you know this otherwise you wouldn’t be in it or consider it. The good news is that being motivated to be in the IT field or to be a tech entrepreneur is the main ingredient you need. Everything else is perseverance and hard work – you can always find a way. I have seen such inspirational stories of students who started a company so they could earn some income for Internet access to study how to code. These are students who were denied admission to IT-training schools and so started their own. So ladies, keep at it. Those who came before us have done it and there is no reason you can’t too. Seek out resources to help and keep the desire going. It will get you farther than you ever imagined. It certainly did for me. See you out there!’’
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Viola Nuwaha is an Ugandan Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) expert, a programmer and a rural development enthusiast. Many caps on this lady! She attended the Mary Hills High School in Uganda and graduated with a B.Sc in Computer Science from the prestigious Makerere University in Uganda in 2013.
Viola Nuwaha has always loved computers starting the age of 10. She would play with them on frequent trips to her mother's office. There’s no doubt about the fact that an early exposure to computers and her sheer determination really helped in broadening her horizons and shaping her career in the field of Information and Communications Technology.
Viola is passionate about using technology to provide solutions that would improve and impact on the lives of rural dwellers in Uganda. This shines through the roles she has taken;
Viola Nuwaha has also mentored young programmers and organized series of Ubuntu workshop classes for young girls in Uganda who are keen on knowing more about how technology works. She is also a regular at Hackathon events where she contributes knowledge, skill and tons of support!
Why TechHer Loves Her:
She is an amazing embodiment of both talent and motivation to women, especially to young girls. She has been able to prove that nothing is impossible for women to achieve. The geographical location or where we come from have nothing on a strong will to excel. On several occasions, via the blog site of Farm Radio International; Viola Nuwaha discusses the challenges women in technology face, but goes beyond that to provide solutions.
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Funke Opeke is Nigerian by birth. She is the Founder and CEO of Main One Cable; an Internet solutions company in Nigeria that built a sub-marine cable system which provides advanced network, voice, data, and cloud services to locations across West Africa.
Funke was born into a lovely family and has six siblings; she grew up in Ibadan, Oyo State. Her father was the first indigenous Director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria and her mum once worked as Head Teacher of different Catholic private schools in Ibadan.
She attended Queen’s School, Ibadan for High School, and graduated with a B.Sc in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Obafemi Awolowo University in 1981. She also has a Master’s Degree in the same discipline from Columbia University, New York; she got that in 1984.
She started her career as a Systems Engineer, then joined PA Consulting Group where she held several senior positions at Allied Signal and Telcordia Communications.
Part of Main One Cable’s mission is to start a cyber revolution that would connect the whole of Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Funke Opeke has a keen interest in identifying and utilizing opportunities, and this shines through all the projects she gets involved in.
In 2012, Funke was recipient of the CNBC All Africa Businesswoman of the Year Award. She is a member of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, USA and the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
On the 20th of January 2015, Funke Opeke was appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director to the Board of Atlas Mara, a top notch investor relations firm.
Why TechHer Loves Her
She’s a rare Amazon and epitome of hard work for women folk and a result-oriented Engineer. She’ s a woman with great foresight, and has excellent work ethic. She sees problems as surmountable challenges, which is perhaps one of the reasons she started Main One in the first place. Beyond being shocked at the abysmal level of internet connectivity, she did something.
Prior to Main One Cable, she advocated for the fair treatment of subordinates, especially junior employees in her work places.
Funke Opeke is known to have said "While the developed world was fully connected, here in Nigeria the average young person didn't know what the internet was. We can’t leave an entire generation of young people without prosper access to the internet." We agree, and are inspired by her achievements.
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Joy Buolamwini is a 25-year- old Ghanaian-American lady who currently resides in Boston, in the United States. Her father is a cancer researcher while her mum is an Artist. Miss Buolamwini is passionate about using technology to enhance entrepreneurship; she is accomplished in this field and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships. She was inspired by arts and science used in the service of humanity while growing up.
Joy is a graduate of Computer Science (with honors) from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a certificate in Computer science and Architecture from Barcelona, Spain.
In 2014, she bagged her Masters Degree in Learning and Technology from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and has recently begun furthering her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs as a Graduate Research Assistant.
Here's a closer look at her awards...
Miss Joy Buolamwini started building her profile in technology while she was a high school student; her Latin club wanted a website, so she summed up the courage of reading and watching videos online, and built them one! Buolamwini as an undergraduate student worked in several capacities such as Research Assistant in everyday computing, Research Assistant Computational Perception lab and College of Computing Mentors. While Joy was at Georgia Tech she researched on health informatics as well as social robotics and autism.
She nurtured her talents at Yahoo as a Software Engineer intern for a period of 7 months.
Joy’s entrepreneurial skills can be traced again way back to high school when she started a freelance development company and she has gone on to establish several businesses such as Excelgrade in 2012 which augments educational technology. She also runs a hair technology company with a few other women, and launched the Madame You Platform in 2012.
Miss Joy created an android-based mobile surveying solution that was used to survey nearly 40,000 people in Ethiopia to help eliminate blinding trachoma for over 17 million people at the Carter Center; she worked as a Technical Consultant on that project for 3 years and 8 months.
In January 2013, Miss Buolamwini established Zamrize in Zambia an initiative that was inspired to empower Zambian youth to become creators of Technology as a Fulbright fellow and currently she still remains its Director.
Code4rights, also founded by Joy Buolamwini was developed in 2012 with the aim of promoting knowledge of human rights through technology.
She is exceptional at tutoring and is presently an Adams House Resident Tutor at Harvard University. Guess what? She can teach a team to code in 2 hours. That’s not all though, but in another 2 hours, that same team can develop an app under her supervision. Sounds fantastic right! That’s how good she is.
She started working in September 2015 as a at MIT Media Lab.
Why Tech Her Loves Her
One of our core values at TechherNG is learning. For anyone to achieve great success in a career; you must be passionate, consistent and willing to learn which is something we have in common with something Buolamwini said. “The willingness to learn is all you need to succeed in computer science. Everything else will come through the pursuit of the things that excite you. To improve your skills, volunteer for projects that will give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned and expand your knowledge base”
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Dr Tomi Oladepo is an independent media consultant, writer, blogger and researcher who is interested in digital public sphere, human and cultural rights. She hails from the western region of Nigeria.
Dr Oladepo's academic records are enviable. It is a clear testament to her hardworking nature.
Dr. Tomi has received several notable Awards and Honours for her distinctive and brilliant productions including:
About Her Work:
Dr. Tomi is creative in thinking as well as a problem solver. She started her career in 2008 as a Client Service Executive at Shared Insight, Lagos, Nigeria. She moved to Coventry, United Kingdom for her Master's Degree doubling as a production assistant and researcher at Metal Dog Media from 2010-2011.
From October 2013-January 2014, Dr.Oladepo worked as Research Administrator on the IBTV Symposium at the University of Warwick and University of York.
She has experience in radio broadcasting, film and documentary production. She has featured severally on programmes by the BBC World Service including being a guest editor and participant at the World Service's 80th Anniversary Focus on Africa programme.
Dr. Tomi also worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant at the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies from November 2011 to July 2015 at Warwick University. As part of the panel members on assessment of assigned modules at the University of Warwick, she prepared and delivered modules on social media engagement in Africa for 2013/2014.
She is also founder and Editor of Stylish Academic which features fashion and lifestyle for the academic. Stylish Academic dismantles the notion that scholars are not/cannot be fashionable. She also owns the blog Digital Media Culture, which is woven around how digital media affects our work and play. She investigates the fast growing digital media environment and how it enhances and also presents challenges.
She was a panel member at the 'African Women Decade- Make Every Woman Count' in January 2014. There was a discussion on the Internet, information and technology as tools of empowerment. Her panel focused on how African women are using technology and social media for economic, political and social empowerment.
Her publications include:
Why TechHer Loves Her:
Dr Oladepo is a brilliant scholar who is fascinated by the ways technology (new media) affects/enhances the society at large. She is an inspiration to all women because we cannot only do what we are passionate about; we can be brilliant at it too.
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#TechHer held her inaugural event on Friday, 28th August at the Exhibition Hall of the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre. The bi-monthly event was conceived and organized by CC Consulting Services Limited. It aims to involve more women actively and productively in the ever-growing technology space in Nigeria and even the world at large.
“Women still need a solid support base in order to help them get a foothold in the tech industry”, said Huffington Post about #TechHer, and the event did that and more. It provided a platform for women to connect, interact and share experiences about how technology positively influences their everyday lives. The women who attended were enlightened by the topics from the various speakers Nana Nwachukwu on the marriage between law and technology, Florist Doreen Aninyei on growing her business via digital, Anna Egbagbe on effective digital marketing, etc. The ladies also got to speed date 'TechHer style', with the most effective networker winning N10, 000.
The serious discussions were balanced by moments of great fun such as the fishbowl raffle, which saw attendees going home with gifts and prizes including free coding classes, thousands of naira worth of airtime and data, vouchers for beauty treatments, and more.
Jackie Farris, host of the event and Director-General of the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation gave the welcome speech. She welcomed attendees to the event, reminding them of the “knowledge transfer workshop the Foundation in partnership with some organizations has planned”. There was also a greeting from a representative of the Swedish Government, which is keenly interested in the concept of #TechHer.
#TechHer’s attendees ranged from women who are expert in technology, women with moderate knowledge, to novices with an interest or curiosity about the field. The event was free to attend, even though interested participants registered via email before the day. Chioma Agwuegbo, convener of the event, explained the vision for #TechHer, saying, “We are more powerful as a collective than as individual units struggling on our various levels of knowledge”
Those unable to attend were not left out as there was an audio and audiovisual live-stream provided by Amplified Radio and HolyHill Church respectively. Attendees were treated to light refreshments and branded souvenirs.
#TechHer was organized by CC Consulting Services Limited and hosted by the Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Foundation. The event was supported by SocialGood NG, Amplified Radio, iBlend Services, Global Shapers Abuja Hub, Blazing Images, LearnCode, PlayHouse Communication, Zahara Spa and Salon, TechNigeria, and Holyhill Church.
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Live stream account of the inaugural TechHer event held at the Shehu Musa Yar Adua Center in Abuja, Nigeria on the 28th of August 2015. #TechHer #TechHerNG
Wanted: women in Abuja who want to learn new textile design techniques
The British Council is holding a two-day textile workshop in Abuja and is inviting applications from women who are interested in learning and exploring new textile design techniques. The workshop on the 16th and 17th of September 2015 will teach skills in Batik, Tie and Dye and Adire Elekor.
The project will take place in Abuja and Lagos and will include an artist’s residency with open workshops in print and design, talks and public exhibitions.
It will culminate in the fabrication of a large-scale public building wrap from the content developed during the residency programme.
The workshop will be facilitated by Chief Mrs Nike Okundaye, Managing Director of the Nike Centre for Art and Culture. She is a Nigerian Batik and textile designer who was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying of her home town of Ogidi, Kogi State. Over the past twenty years she has given workshops on traditional Nigerian textiles to audiences throughout the world.
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Only successful applicants will be contacted.
Applications are now open for the WIMBIZ 2015 Impact Investment Competition. It is open to female owned and female managed start-up business in the technology industry.
The 2015 competition will equip 3 female owned start-up businesses in the technology industry with the necessary support to ensure their success and sustainability.
DEADLINE: August 31, 2015
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