It’s that time of year again when women are recognized for their global impact and significance. Today is International Women’s Day (IWD).
The 2023 topic for IWD, as announced by the United Nations, is ‘DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality’.
The theme focuses on educating female children about the digital and technological worlds in order to achieve gender equality and empowerment.
HowNG, like the theme, honors women who have excelled in the country’s tech sector.
1. Adora Nwodo
Adora Nwodo is a digital creative, author, and software developer. She is a first-class computer science graduate from the University of Lagos.
Before joining Microsoft, Nwodo worked as a software developer for an advertising business.
She is currently employed by Microsoft as a cloud engineer.
She is also the vice president of the VR/AR Association’s Nigerian chapter, which is a global industry for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality.
She wrote a book titled ‘Cloud Engineering for Beginners’ in 2021, which is a foundational book that assists people who want to start a career in cloud engineering.
Nwodo is also the digital director of the Lend a Hand of Hope Project, an NGO that works in rural communities.
2. Oluwaseun Runsewe
Seun Runsewe, a Covenant University business administration graduate, is a seasoned business leader, product director, and information security analyst.
Runsewe began in management consulting but eventually moved towards technology.
She entered the IT industry to assist in the growth of startups focused on enhancing payments in the increasing digital economy and helping Nigerians to acquire wealth.
Runsewe is a leading woman in Nigeria’s fintech industry, having worked with companies such as Paystack, Opay, and Softcom.
When she founded and launched Switch in 2018, she became the youngest bank CEO in history.
Switch is a financial services platform that provides Nigerians in the diaspora with financial benefits such as multi-currency, saving, and investing. Switch also aims to alleviate some of the financial issues that middle-class Nigerians experience.
She is currently employed as an information security analyst at Chipper Cash, a financial technology firm.
Apart from technology, Runsewe founded Biamo Maternity Creations, a bra line for new and expecting African mothers.
3. Yanmo Omorogbe
Yanmo Omorogbe, a graduate of chemical engineering, is a software entrepreneur and investment specialist.
Omorogbe is the co-founder of Bamboo, where she oversees the platform’s growth and operation. Bamboo is a digital investment platform that allows Nigerians to buy, sell, or hold assets traded on the US stock exchange from their mobile phones or computers in real time.
4. Odunayo Eweniyi
Odunayo Eweniyi, a computer engineering graduate, has spent several years working in the financial industry.
She is the CEO of PiggyVest and a business professional. It’s a financial technology platform that allows you to save and invest money online.
PiggyVest was created by Eweniyi to help people better manage and save their money.
She has received international recognition for her contributions to the technology industry. She was named one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30 Technology in 2019.
5. Damilola Odufuwa
Damilola Odufuwa is a technology entrepreneur, communications executive, and feminist activist.
She is a woman who is deeply committed to gender equality, financial equality, travel, and communication.
Odufuwa is the co-founder of Backdrop, a travel app and social network that makes it simple to discover and share beautiful places across the world.
She was previously the global head of product communications at Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange platforms.
She also co-founded the Feminist Coalition.
The Feminist Coalition is a group of young Nigerian feminists that seek to promote women’s equality.