Girl Coding

ABISOYE AJAYI-AKINFOLARIN IS TEACHING UNDERPRIVILEGED GIRLS TO CODE

Achieving gender justice is a matter of basic rights and also a key means of addressing poverty. An empowered girl will become an empowered woman, an empowered woman builds an empowered family, and an empowered family builds a powerful nation.

The overall percentage of women working in tech has decreased since the ’90s, a lot of us have joined the media and communications industry and the rest are slay queens in the fashion industry, but any small thing they would be shouting women empowerment but are leaving a large part of the brain work in technology which is coding to the men. Remember how we would sing in primary school "Parents listen to your children, we are the future of tomorrow"? Well in case this new bill the Federal government passed that states (paraphrasing) -no one is to young to run for government; Mrs Ajayi-Akinfolarin under her platform, Pearl Africa Foundation, is making sure young girls in orphanage homes have a shot at controlling the future by teaching them coding. 

With just four instructors, Abisoye and three friends from the tech industry who volunteer, over 100 girls (aged 10 -17)  have signed up to learn skills such as programming, user interface design and animation. After their training is concluded, the girls are placed on internships with I.T firms and paired with female tech mentors to guide them.

Abisoye's vision for the future is to add around 20,000 female programmers into the Nigerian tech eco-system by the year 2020 – and we are totally rooting for her. Launched in 2015 following Abisoye's visit to Makoko, the aim of the initiative is to get underprivileged girls from slums, orphanages and correctional homes into the male-dominated world of technology. Read all about her foundation here.

Her platform concurrently runs three other projects- EmpoweredHands, GC Mentors, GirlsInSTEM ( Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics).