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It is not surprising that tech has a lot more female high-flyers than many other fields of work. It is true that the bulk of tech is male-dominated but more and more women are being seduced by the successes of some of the women put on this list.
1, Temi Giwa-TubosunGiwa’s sojourn into tech was a fortuitous one really. She was born in Ogun State but spent a considerable part of her life in the US. Her natural passion to help people dragged her into tech. Her work with non-governmental agencies led her to float the One Percent Project with the goal of ending blood shortage, educating people on the importance of blood donation for anyone in need of blood. Also, to overcome fears, prejudice, myths and apathy of people on blood donation, and to increase an efficient distribution network of blood in blood banks in Nigeria. It was from this project that the Lifebank idea was born. Lifebank has been quoted to deliver 300 pints of blood to 170 hospitals in the country.
2. Odunayo EweniyiOdun Eweniyi is really one of the breakout highflyers amongst young people in the past year and it had to do with both tech and political activism. From a short career in content writing where she worked at Techpoint and Big Cabal Media, she co-founded PiggyVest which has been a stunning hit with Nigeria’s upwardly mobile youth population. She, since, also floated another start-up, PushCV, a human resources management.
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3. Tito OviaAn inductee of Forbes 30 Under 30, the 27-year-old daughter of Nigerian billionaire banker Jim Ovia has managed to carve a niche for herself in health tech with Helium Health. Helium Health helps hospitals manage inventory among other things in Nigeria. She is the head of Public Sector Growth of Helium Health.
4. Teju AjaniShe was recently made head of Apple’s Nigeria operations but Teju has really been a highflyer for the past two decades in tech. From humble beginnings studying and working in the San Francisco tech hub, she grew to handle Google’s operations in Nigeria before being appointed country manager at Apple this year, 2020.
5. Ola Brown(nee Orekunrin)Ola Brown Is best known for her massive working in delivering air ambulance services through her Flying Doctors business but more importantly than that she is one of the most prominent tech investors in the country. She has been instrumental in Health Tech and her contributions towards battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria can never go unnoticed. Her organisation, Flying Doctors, created mobile booths where people could get tested. The booths separate the sample collectors from the people being tested so as to minimise unnecessary contacts. Featured Image Source: Technext NG
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