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Aghama: Empowering women with MumsWhoCode

By Ayo Oyoze Baje
24 August 2022   |   3:11 am
Sir: One of the fantastic, fundamental features of the 21st Century world we currently live in is the ever-expanding influence and impact of Information Technology (IT) on our daily events and experiences.

Sir:  One of the fantastic, fundamental features of the 21st Century world we currently live in is the ever-expanding influence and impact of Information Technology (IT) on our daily events and experiences. That encapsulates our lifestyles; right from the home front, through educational, religious, health, transportation and entertainment sectors as defined by it.

But as rightly noted by renowned social media entrepreneur, Matt Mullenweg: “Technology is best when it brings people together.” And that is precisely where Mrs. Aghama Moriah Jesurobo comes into the fast-evolving, tech-driven socio-economic picture that the Nigeria is turning into.
 


Meeting her for the first time at the ICT Department of Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State years ago, the passionate community service leader and change-maker has over the past 12 years focused on the application of software applications for university teaching, research and administrative processes. She has volunteered with several local and international organisations, whose missions align to promote lifelong learning, create prosperity and women empowerment.

A proud alumnus of the first cohort of YALI Regional Leadership Centre, ONE Champion 2019, her work at MumsWhoCode she emerged as first prize winner at the TechforGood Contest by SocialGoodNIgeria powered by Embassy of Sweden in Nigeria in 2016. Let us glean from her interesting answers to the probing questions.

What gave you the inspiration to venture into this unique project of MumsWhoCode, when you started and where?

“In most careers, especially in areas like tech that are regarded as high-concentration discipline, it becomes really difficult for women to cope with the demands of the tech jobs and maternal responsibilities. And we have discovered it is even harder for women with low family income.

“Workplace policies, constant need for capacity building and family expectations do pose a huge barrier for women especially mothers in this technical field. More so, poor representation in the field and a community of support which should serve to help women stay in and grow to leadership positions are not readily available. So, yours truly sought for a local community for women who code in 2020 and couldn’t find any within Nigeria. So, I decided to create one which welcomed the first nine members of the group.

“The aim of course, is for women to convene, co-learn coding skills and build strong, mutually beneficial and professional relationships, as a way to gain employment or meet workplace demands.
 
“Being a mum on a mission to develop programming skills, I sought to connect with other women/mums who shared a similar interest as most organisations and bootcamps were focused on young girls. As a techie, I know that age or maternal status shouldn’t stop her from pursuing her goal.

“Right now, we have evolved to a community promoting diverse tech skills and launched our first Educational Project (Digital Women Bootcamp) in May 2021, which has enrolled over 1,000 women with great feedbacks.”

Ayo Oyoze Baje.