In Nigeria, it was about empowering young women. Talk about girl power, talk about Girls in ICT Day. With women in the IT field coming out in impressive numbers to impart on tomorrow’s leaders discussing topics like Blogging as a means of Livelihood by Tolu Agunbiade, Why Leave ICT to Boys by Dr. Bolanle Oladejo, Careers in ICT by Dr. Florence Oladeji and Surfing the Net To My Advantage by Dr. Olukemi Adebimpe Fadehan (Librarian, University of Lagos).
Girls in ICT Day is an event run all over the world simultaneously to honour women who are into ICT and to extend a warm embrace to the younger generation so that they can see that there is beauty in the field of ICT and equal opportunities as well as benefits, compared to their male counterparts. This year’s edition is the maiden edition, hosted by Eko-Konnect Research and Education Initiative in conjunction with the University of Lagos and Women in Technology Education (YabaTech) tagged Empowering Young Women Through ICT.
It was an exciting and educative symposium as attendees learned the basics of blogging as well as its prerequisites, dug into the track records of exceptional women in the field of ICT and were also sensitized towards discovering the boundless prosperity awaiting ICT. According to Dr. Bolanle Oladejo,
“We are in an age where the internet is the tool to do virtually everything – learn, buy, socialize, read the news, get public services, apply for jobs and do so much more”
This means that the internet has become an integral part of human living as it rears its pretty head in every human endeavour. It will also do girls a whole lot of good to put behind the negative sensations they have had about ICT in times past and look upon the hopeful part of it all. To drive home this opinion, Dr. Florence Oladeji broke down the exigencies of a career woman, career opportunities in ICT and requirements to become an ICT practitioner which include a bit of programming solving skills, problem solving skills, inter-personal communication skills, flexibility and adaptability, characters and ethics and being legally minded; in a nutshell, anybody can be an ICT practitioner.
Students of the Methodist Girls’ High School, Fazi – L – Omar Senior High School, International School Lagos (ISL), Reagan Secondary School, and Yabatech Secondary School – all in Yaba environs were also present. Being young minds budding to the outside world just yet, the benefits of the event would have been greatly marred if caution was not thrown in the air for the attendees to grab. The internet is here to stay with its advantages and disadvantages which can not be over-emphasized. The Librarian of the University of Lagos, Dr. Olukemi Adebimpe Fadehan, explained explicitly the definition of internet terms, who surfs the net, general advantage of surfing, disadvantages of surfing the internet, how to carry out a purposeful search on the internet, how to evaluate internet resources as well as a list of organisations who offer scholarship to girls who are interested in the field of ICT.
Other ladies that spoke include @nnena she said
I used to be the Vice President of the Digital Solidarity Fund. People used to take me for “The Secretary” all the time
No doubt, more ladies need to join the ICT sector, if only ladies see maths and sciences just like applying facial make-up their will be more adoption and Africa will surely translate to a better society.
GirstInICT pictures from Ghana courtesy of Regina Agyare, she is a Social Entrepreneur and founder of Soronko Solutions Limited in Ghana.