1,500 girls and women have graduated from the second cohort of Women In Tech Nigeria’s 2023 Makeathon. The graduation ceremony was held at The Nest Innovation Technology Park at Yaba, Lagos State.
This achievement is a huge leap towards advancing gender inclusivity which allows girls and women to pursue careers in technology-related fields.
The Women in Tech Nigeria 2023 Makeathon was sponsored by the VFD Group, an investment service organisation with a diversified investment bouquet across Africa.
The free but intensive capacity-building and digital literacy exercise lasted for 3 months. The participants were involved in hands-on training that covered both technical and non-technical skills they will need to launch out successfully in the tech world. These skills include:
Solape Akinpelu, Country Director of Women in Tech Nigeria, remarked about this accomplishment saying:
“The graduation of 1,500 girls and women from the Women in Tech Nigeria 2023 Makeathon is a significant milestone in our mission to bridge the gender gap in technology. The dedication and passion displayed by these graduates are truly inspiring. We believe that they are poised to make a substantial impact in the tech industry and contribute to Nigeria’s technological growth,”
“The tech industry is one of the most important and fastest-growing sectors in the world. We are proud to partner with VFD Group to provide girls and women with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in this exciting field. We are confident that our graduates will make significant contributions to the tech industry and to Nigeria as a whole.”
“These women have worked incredibly hard to learn new skills and knowledge, and we are confident that they will make significant contributions to the tech industry and to Nigeria as a whole. We are committed to continuing to empower women and girls through our programs, and we hope that our graduates will inspire other women to pursue careers in tech,” Solape Akinpelu added.
In his remarks, Gbenga Omolokun, the Managing Director, VBank, said; “The Makeathon is part of our goal to increase the participation of women in the tech industry. According to a report by the World Economic Forum, women account for only 28% of the global workforce in tech. In Nigeria, the gender gap in the tech industry is even wider, with women accounting for only 22% of the workforce.
“We committed to sponsoring the Makeathon to close the gender gap in the tech industry by providing girls and women with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. This partnership reflects VFD Group’s dedication to fostering positive change and contributing to creating a more diverse and inclusive tech industry, which will benefit everyone.”
The Women in Tech Nigeria 2023 Makeathon aligns with global insights that emphasise the importance of diversity in the technology sector.
By providing women with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in tech-related careers, this program contributes to the broader goal of creating a more inclusive and equitable technology ecosystem.
In providing the intensive skills training for the beneficiaries, Women In Tech Nigeria partnered with The Nest Incubation Hub, and Girl Code Academy.