MEET FIVE WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF NIGERIAN TECH
According to surveys, there are about 625 registered information technology companies in Nigeria and not even 3% of these firms are owned or controlled by women. This is not a very good sign regarding productivity or equality, but that’s not our conversation today. The situation may seem to be changing slowly; quite honestly, maybe that’s what is needed. In other to leave things on a positive note, we have decided to give honour where due by celebrating women who have been able to hold a torch for others to follow. These young ladies are progressively navigating the tech industry in Nigeria and the African continent to even more successful heights.
Adora Nwodo is a software engineer, published author and tech content creator based in Lagos, Nigeria. She currently works at Microsoft, where she builds cloud services related to artificial intelligence and mixed reality. She owns a blog called “AdoraHack”, where she publishes articles on software engineering, productivity and career growth. Adora is also the vice president of the Nigerian chapter of VRARA Association, an international organisation designed to foster collaboration between solution providers and end-users. Being an expert in disruptive technology, cloud and embedded device security, it came as no surprise that she could win an award based on that. She is extremely passionate about the developer community in Nigeria and is always trying to drive inclusion for women in technology.
Fara Ashiru Jituboh
Fara Ashiru Jituboh is the co-founder and CEO/CTO of Okra Incorporated, a fintech Nigerian-based startup that allows for the exchange of real-time financial information between customers, applications, and banks. Before establishing Okra alongside her partner, she built and scaled products with organisations such as Canva, TechHustle, the health insurance company Sana Benefits, and the health-tech company Dorsata. Fara also previously worked with JP Morgan, Fidelity Investments and Daimler Mercedes Benz. She is, first of all, an entrepreneur, and a trained software engineer, who happens to be fluent in over 20 programming languages.
Honey Ogundeyi is the Founder and CEO of Edukoya, an education technology (ed-tech) company. Edukoya is an app that provides online mobile learning which connects primary and secondary school learners, giving them a 99.9% chance of meeting certified tutors for real-time and one-on-one learning schedules. She has been listed by Forbes as an emerging entrepreneur to look out for and has been mentioned amongst the most influential women in technology by the world economic forum.
Odunayo Eweniyi is the co-founder & Chief Operations Officer of PiggyVest, one of Nigeria’s largest digital and investment platforms. She is also the cofounder of Feminist Coalition, as well as a co-founder for First Check Africa and a board member at Village Capital, the most active supporter of impact-driven, seed-stage entrepreneurs in the world. She has seven years of experience in Business Analysis and Operations. Odunayo is an award-winning fintech entrepreneur who works tirelessly for diversity, equity and inclusion in fintech and technology.
Tito Ovia is the co-founder and head of public sector growth for Helium Health, which was formally known as OneMedical, a Nigeria-based health tech company that is building the technology infrastructure that’s piloting African healthcare. Before establishing Helium Health, Tito worked for Orbis in Mongolia and the Lagos State AIDS Control Agency. Alongside her partners, Tito was featured on Forbes 30 Under 30 US and made it to the Canada Health Care list that same year.