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Nnenna Nwakama

Nnenna Nwakama is a professional ICT Consultant, born on March 5th 1975. She hails from Abia, a state in the South- Eastern region of Nigeria. She has lived in at least five different African countries and speaks French fluently.

Her vast experience in the sector has spanned over a decade in Nigeria and beyond. She runs a Consultancy platform called Nnenna.org. The firm offers development advisory and consultancy services to governments, development organisations, donors, Non-Governmental agencies and businesses.

Mrs Nwakama has also co-founded some other organisation such as The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, The Africa Network of Information Society Actors and African Civil Society for the Information Society. She has once served as a board member of the Open Source Initiative.

Her works support the World Web Foundation project called Alliance for Affordable Internet; a technology sector coalition working to drive down the cost of Internet access for 300 million people across 5 countries. Nnenna is also in charge of coordination, connection and outreach for Web We Want. She also has gained experiences from the Diplomacy Institute.

She has a degree in History and English from Andrews University, Benton Harbor, Michigan Area, USA.

She bagged an M.Sc. in International Relation from Universite de l’Atlantique, Mermoz, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in 2001.

Her Work:

Between January 1999 – December 1999, Nnenna worked as an Information and communication Assistant at The African Development Bank.

In 2000, she served as the Information Officer for Africa for the Helen Keller Foundation- a non-profit organisation that support vision research pioneer to end preventable blindness.

From 2006-2009, she consulted for E-learning.

Nnenna was the Council Chair for Free Software and Open Source Foundation for 6 years. This was a Premier Pan-African organisation founded under the auspices of the Bamako Bureau of the African Information Society Initiative.

In 2008, she founded her consulting firm called Nnenna.org.

In October 2013, she became Africa Regional Coordinator for the World Wide Web Foundation.

Why TechHer Loves Her:

At some point we all thought that technology was for some selected group or ‘savvy’ men. However, with the credible work Nnenna is doing with Open Source Technology, it shows that if given the opportunity anybody can learn anything. It is amazing how someone who studied a Social Science ends up as one of the 10 most Influential women in African ICT sector.

Gleaned from the Internet.

 

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