Although the tech industry in Ghana is male dominated, there’s a crop of women tech influencers who are not only serving as shining lights for others, but are also being the flames lighting the torches of the next generation.
Stories of perseverance in the face of challenges, to the glory of recognition and being an inspiration – here are five young Ghanaian women tech influencers helping to lead the revolution.
A software architect with an incredible story of overcoming cerebral palsy, Farida Bedwei has over 15 years’ experience in the development and implementation of mobile and enterprise software.
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Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, she later obtained a certificate in Project Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in 2009.
Farida, who is the creator of the gKudi micro-finance platform – a clouded banking system that allows small scale loans within Ghana, and the Head of the Technical Department (CTO) of Logiciel, is also the author of the book “Definition of a Miracle”.
Ethel D. Cofie
The creator of Women In Tech Week – an event started in 2016 which impacts over 10,000 women globally, Ethel is one person former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama considers to be a blessing to her generation.
She is the Founder and CEO of EDEL Technology Consulting, as well as the founder of Women in Tech Africa (Africa’s Largest Tech Group) whose growing membership reaches into over 30 African countries and in the diaspora.
She’s had her opinion pieces regarding technology in emerging markets, and women leadership published on CNN, as well as features on BBC.
Ethel sits on a number of boards across the continent.
She is the founder of Soronko Solutions, a software development company, and Soronko Academy – a coding and Human-centered design school for children and young adults, which is the first of its kind in West Africa.
For her tireless efforts, Regina has received multiple awards aside being recognized by CNN as one of its 12 Women Who Rock STEM, back in 2014.
Being one of the women tech influencers using innovative technological solutions to significantly contribute to Africa’s development, her success has received international attention, leading to features on platforms such as BBC, CNN African Voices, Deutsche Welle, and Aljazeera as well as this post from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Impatient Optimist blog.
Anne is a co-founder and CEO of Nandimobile Ltd, and has been its Technical Development Lead since 2010, when the company started operating.
A holder of a BSc in Computer Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Anne regularly brings her extensive knowledge and experience in software development to bear by making time to teach young Ghanaians how to write code.
Nandi Mobile’s Infoline service enables businesses and organizations such as churches and hospitals to track customer comments, and send bulk messages to members using SMS or market specific elements of their organization to potential clients.
Ivy Barley the co-founder of Developers in Vogue (DIV)– an organization that trains females in the latest technologies in order to connect them to real-time projects and job opportunities, is a social entrepreneur who’s currently shaping a world where more African women will be daring enough to step in and lead in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields.
An MPhil. in Mathematical Statistics holder, Ivy considers her greatest achievement so far, with DIV, to be “the impact we make on a daily basis. Aside training these women in technical skills, we are teaching them to believe in themselves and be confident. I am proud that the ladies on our programme have been exposed to so many opportunities. Our work has also been featured in various national and international media”.
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