Report From #WomeninTech Week 2017, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Organizing the Women in Tech Week 2017 event, #PortHarcourt was in line with my vision to help women in my community embrace Information Technology. I was glad that I went searching for African Women who are doing great in the Technology Industry when I did last year and found Ethel Cofie. I am honored that I got to put this event together here in my community.

I recall doing a searching online last year to find African Women who are doing great work in Information Technology. Once I found Ethel Colfie and read an article where she was featured on CNN, I knew that I needed to follow her closely and she continues to inspire me. It feels good to know that African Women are doing great in the Technology Industry.

There has been a misconception of what it takes to be in the Information Technology industry as women. Some women think being in the Information Technology Industry is all about writing codes/Programming but through this event, they have been exposed to how interesting and rewarding a career in Technology would be and how the industry isn’t meant for men alone.

Here in Port Harcourt, Nigeria it is so hard to get a lot of people to turn up for professional events like this but despite having other events on the same day, we had an amazing turn-up. 

It was a great experience sharing on how to get started in Technology in my Facebook Live on Friday, 22nd September 2017. Click HERE to watch the video.

On Saturday 23rd of September 2017, we had such a wonderful time learning from the speakers and everyone who shared. Choosing the speakers was intentional and a lot of women found it easy to connect. Special thanks to

Ivy Davies Etokakpan, ( www.eveafrique.com) she spoke on leadership and how we can become leaders for global reach. She is the Editor-in-chief of Eve Afrique, a project which marked a new epoch in her life and the beginning of a fulfilled desire in the publishing industry.
Peniel Chris EnwenwenMy Ndidia) spoke on how women can use their smartphone to connect with the right audience. She is a Brand and Business strategist, a Self-taught and Event Planner at My Ndidia Events. She has trained and empowered over 2000 women and youths through skill acquisitions, business workshops and mentoring.
Emily Wale-Koya (www.brandmba.com.ng) taught on how to start a profitable online business. She is a wealth, lifestyle and self-help coach helping to position women as financial powerhouse(s) and influencers.
 Boma Ogidigben (House of BO) couldn’t be with us physically but she sent her presentation where she shared on smart devices for smart business. She is the creative director of House of BOMA OGIDIGBEN (BO) a woman-owned African fashion clothier brand.

These women are managing successful businesses using technology and they were able to share their experiences on how technology is helping them grow their business. Watch a 1min clip HERE.

Faith Iche-Nathan Dike, a Microsoft Student Partner shared her Tech Journey so far and it was truly inspiring.

The Participants were excited to be at the event and some of them want to know more about building a Technology career and most of the women who attended are now opened to exploring the Information Technology industry. This is the beginning of great things for women in who are interested in Technology as they will be getting regular updates and resources which will help to keep them engaged and hopefully in subsequent events, we can have more women sharing their stories on what they are doing in Information Technology.

Special thanks go to the sponsors and supporters of #WomenInTech Week, Port Harcourt Nigeria. It was truly a success and I believe that the time is truly right to showcase the amazing things women are doing with and in technology to the world.

 

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