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On this year’s International Women’s Day, we deem it great to highlight that Andela; an African company that identifies and develops Africa’s most talented software developers to help companies scale with high-performing teams, is among the 21% organisations across the globe that are formally prioritizing fostering gender equality in leadership position.

Yes, the campaign theme for this year’s International Women’s (Day 2019) – #BalanceforBetter speaks volumes.

It points to the fact that a balanced world is a better world. How can you help forge a more gender-balanced world?

Well, for us at TechEconomy.ng, celebrating women’s achievement and raising awareness against bias is sure way to show Women Got Quality to drive digital transformation in Nigeria, Africa and indeed the world.

Today is International Women’s day 2019

In that light, we peeped into Andela’s world and spotted five great women who are changing perceptions about women participation in the technology ecosystem at the top echelon.

If Andela is thriving today, these ones are adding value to the project.

Meet them: 

  1. Country Director; Omowale David-Ashiru 

Omowale David-Ashiru

Omowale David-Ashiru is the Country Director at Andela Nigeria, a company that builds high-performing engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers. Omowale is responsible for leading operations in Andela Nigeria.

She joined Andela on September 3rd, 2018.

Before joining Andela, Omowale’s professional career included a decade-long stint at Accenture, where she started as an Analyst and grew to become a seasoned Management Consultant, Certified Project Manager and Senior Manager.

During her time at Accenture, Omowale worked with the process team which was responsible for redesigning and reengineering processes for financial institutions.

One of the first victories as a woman in tech was her work on a project for the biggest bank in West Africa at that time.

The bank wanted to implement a technology called “Finnacle” developed by Infosys. She had to spend 6 months in India learning about this technology along with other members of the team and consultants.

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She was really young at the company and she was trusted with the responsibility of leading a 50 man team.

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Doing that and implementing that technology for the bank successfully, was really a highlight for her. She didn’t do it alone, but she played a leadership role. Playing a critical role at an early stage in her life and career was a highlight for her and that excited her about technology and leading people.

After her stint at Accenture, She then moved on to establish a fashion retail company, which she managed for eight years.

Omowale obtained a First Class B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan. In her own words, she has a deep passion for people, is an avid reader and loves adventure.

2. Technology Product Manager; Desiree Craig

Desiree Craig

Desiree Craig is passionate about the use of technology to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges. She has spent the past 8 years working across different sectors in the technology industry, from Media/Advertising to Edtech, FinTech and Health. She currently works at Andela as Technology Product Manager.

Andela is a technology company that builds high performing distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers.

Over the course of her career, she led a team that executed projects that helped bridge the digital divide for thousands of students across Nigeria.

She also played a key role in supporting the team that scaled an innovative Edtech initiative to 10 other African countries, including Nigeria, Benin Republic and Kenya. In 2015, Desiree was selected as a 2015 TechWomen Emerging Leader, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State to connect and empower the next generation of women leaders in STEM from Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East.

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Desiree has a BSc. in Computing from Plymouth University (UK). She likes to volunteer for social-impact causes especially those focused on education. Her hobbies include reading, writing, travelling and macro photography.

3. Director of Success; Olawumi Onawunmi 

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Olawumi Onawunmi

Olawumi Onawunmi is the Director of Success department at Andela Nigeria, a company that builds high-performing engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers. Olawumi is responsible for developer experience and leading partner delivery in Andela Nigeria. She joined Andela on April 2nd, 2018.

Before joining Andela, Olawumi’s professional career included a thirteen years stint at Ericsson, where she started as an Mobile Telephony Engineer, grew to become the first woman to attain the position of a Regional Support Manager responsible for the engineering team servicing mobile operators across West Africa. At some point in her career, Olawumi took time off to take care of her children and also work as a Grade school teacher at Standard Bearers School Lekki where she taught young children and children with SEN, with a focus on Mathematics and the Sciences.

Olawumi obtained a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos and has a Master’s degree from the Lagos Business School. In her own words, she has a deep passion for people, enjoys travelling and loves drawing.

4. Technical Team Lead; Temitope Adediran

Temitope Adediran

Temitope is a Technical Team Lead at Andela Nigeria, a company that builds high-performing engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers. Temitope is responsible for imparting the next generation of African technology leaders to gain the skills needed to be globally employable software developers.

Before joining Andela, Temitope started her journey as a business development executive at Play in Architecture Ltd but followed her passion to become a self-taught software developer. She started her career in tech as a software developer at Glassbreakers in the United States.

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Temitope is a global tech leader in the making – a determined lady desirous of making an impact in the tech space. She lavishly supports causes and initiatives that align with her shared passions for entrepreneurship, people empowerment and value-based learning.

Temitope is an alumnus of the University of Lagos.

5. Senior Developer; Omotayo Madein

Omotayo Madein

Omotayo Madein is a Senior Consultant at Andela, a company focused on building high-performing engineering teams by investing in Africa’s most talented software developers. Omotayo works closely with Andela’s fellows on partner engagements as a Developer and team lead to build products for a global user base.

Before joining Andela in March 2018, Omotayo has spent the last four (4) years working on projects that span across various industries including logistics, health, education, e-commerce and publishing.

She has a strong background in Frontend Web Development,  User Experience (UX) and User Interaction (UI) design, and Digital Communications. She volunteers for programs to help reintegrate Internally Displaced People, Women Empowerment  and she runs an initiative called BCAN to raise awareness on the importance of early detection of breast cancer.

Omotayo is passionate about understanding the factors that influence how people use technology and creating software-enabled products and user-interfaces that are efficient, effective, and safe to use.

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She is curious about new technologies and experimenting with these technologies to build solutions that improve the quality of human life. She has a B.Sc. in Software Engineering from American University of Nigeria and M.Sc. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) from University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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Happy Women’s Day these powerful women adding value to the software ecosystem in Nigeria, Africa and the world at large- we celebrate you!

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