Nige­rian wins Cana­dian’s ICT role model award

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA -

DR. Rita Orji has won the pres­ti­gious 2018 Cana­dian Dig­i­tal Di­ver­sity Award for Women Leader in the Dig­i­tal Econ­omy. The Nige­rian is a Com­puter Science pro­fes­sor at the Dal­housie Univer­sity in Canada and the award was given by Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia. Three women in Nova Sco­tia’s ICT sec­tor walked home with some hard­ware on Tues­day dur­ing Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia’s third Dig­i­tal Di­ver­sity Awards. The three cat­e­gory win­ners rep­re­sented women in se­nior level ex­ec­u­tive po­si­tions who, ac­cord­ing to Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia, “have made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Nova Sco­tia’s ICT sec­tor and are ac­tive cham­pi­ons of di­ver­sity in their com­mu­ni­ties or or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Orji’s re­search fo­cuses on in­ves­ti­gat­ing how in­ter­ac­tive sys­tems can be de­signed to help peo­ple move to­wards im­proved health and well­ness. In 2017, she was named one of the top 150 Cana­dian Women in STEM by the her VOLUTION, and was among the top 50 Young Most In­flu­en­tial Best Brains in Enugu State. She was also in­vited to speak to the Cana­dian Parliament and at a United Na­tions Com­mis­sion on the State of Women’s Panel.

“Since 1843, women have led ma­jor ad­vances in pro­gram­ming and soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, yet to­day women still rep­re­sent less than 25 per cent of the in­dus­try. Our awards were es­tab­lished to ad­dress the gen­der gap, and ac­tively pro­mote role mod­els and cham­pi­ons of di­ver­sity in our ICT sec­tor,” said Ul­rike Bahr-gedalia, pres­i­dent and CEO of Dig­i­tal Nova Sco­tia, in a state­ment.

PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari ( right) giv­ing a farewell hand­shake to the Min­is­ter of Solid Min­er­als, Dr. Kay­ode Fayemi, as he steps down from the cab­i­net to con­test for the Ek­iti State gov­er­nor­ship elec­tion yes­ter­day at the State House, Abuja.

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