With the proliferation of the internet, the number of tech businesses in Nigeria has continued to increase, as entrepreneurs take advantage of the opportunity it presents. Among these entrepreneurs are young women who decided to explore the male-dominated tech space, and ended up creating thriving business empires that are enjoying global recognition. Top tech companies in Nigeria are also being headed by women, proving that the tech space is no longer reserved for males.
Here are 5 successful women in tech:
1. Olatorera Oniru
She is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in Nigeria, and founder of Dressmeoutlet.com, a Lagos based e-commerce startup that retails fashion, health & beauty products and home-goods from around the world. Dressmeoutlet ships worldwide and currently has customers in different states across Nigeria, Uganda and the United States of America.
Funke Opeke has become synonymous with the internet revolution in Nigeria. A twenty-year career in the United States as Executive Director at Verizon Communications Wholesale Division gave her a landing ground back in Nigeria as she founded Mainstreet Technologies, developer of MainOne Cable, a leading provider of innovative telecom services and network solutions for businesses in West Africa.
She served as Chief Operating Officer at Nitel. Subsequent to MTN, she advised Transcorp on the acquisition of NITEL and briefly served as the interim Chief Operating Officer. She returned to Nigeria in 2005 as the Chief Technical Officer at MTN Nigeria Communications (MTN) after a twenty-year career in the United States.
3. Nkem Okocha
Nkem Okocha is the founder of Mamamoni, a social enterprise and FinTech startup that empowers poor rural and urban slum women with free vocational/financial skills and micro-loans.
After 8 years banking experience in operations and marketing, she set up Mamamoni to help empower women. She is passionate about lifting women out of poverty and her company aims to break the cycle of poverty in Nigeria. Since 2013, she has impacted and empowered over 4000 women in several rural/urban slum communities and given out over 100 micro-loans.
Nkem Okocha is a Tony Elumelu foundation Entrepreneurship Programme Alumna, a Young African Leaders Initiative Alumna and LEAP Africa 2016 Social Innovator.
4. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola was an IBM software engineer, developing social networking software that was used by thousands, primarily at Fortune 500 companies. But, she had this nagging feeling that it was time to do something that would directly impact her native country, Nigeria.
Today, she’s the founder of WeCyclers, a that company offers waste collection and recycling services to the Lagos informal settlements, where an estimated 66% of Lagosians live. As a part of the process, residents are offered an incentive for collecting their household waste which is picked up for free by Wecyclers using low-cost custom made cargo tricycles also known as Wecycles. To create incentives among low-income households to participate, rewards are given to them for every kilogram recycled, via points sent by SMS. These points are then redeemable against goods they value, such as cell phone minutes or basic food items. The rewards have been funded in partnership with big brands such as Coca Cola and GlaxoSmithKline.
5. Damilola Teidi
Damilola is the CEO/Co-founder of GoMyWay.com. She holds a bachelors degree in Information Technology and a masters degree in Business Strategy and Innovation Management.
Passionate about building small businesses, innovation and the use of technology to solve problems, she founded GoMyWay in June 2015. The startup is a trusted online ride share platform that connects car owners that have spare seats to share with others that need a ride and are going in the same direction, so they all can share the cost of the journey, whether interstate or intracity. With a growing community of users, GoMyWay is the easiest way for car owners to monetize the extra seats in their cars during rides and for passengers to find affordable and comfortable means of moving from one place to another. At the same time, it helps to reduce traffic congestion, promotes a cleaner environment and helps to build our community spirit.