Women in Tech Africa held the maiden edition of the Women in Tech Africa Awards over the weekend, to acknowledge amazing women who have accomplished tremendous achievements in the technology space.
At the hybrid virtual event livestreamed from Accra Ghana, Special Guest for the ceremony, Minister of State for ICT and TVET, Rwanda Claudette Irere commended all the nominees for their phenomenal resilience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking on the theme “Celebrating African Women in Technology: Maximizing The Benefits of a Post Pandemic Tech Boom,” she admitted how women have been more likely to bear the brunt of childcare issues and feel pressure to be more productive despite being in hard times. She also addressed how tech companies have played a pivotal role during the pandemic and how it is important for women to take full advantage of the benefits of the “post pandemic tech boom.” She ended by congratulating all the nominees and urged them to do more to mentor young girls into STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
About the award
The award ceremony consists of 11 categories and covers the different regions on the African continent. The award aims to highlight women active in STEM in Africa, who excel in the field at all career levels, under the theme “Celebrating African Women in Technology”.
Women in Tech Africa is the largest group on the continent with membership of over 5,000 across 30 countries globally with 12 Physical chapters in Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Germany, Ireland, Britain, Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritius, and Cape Verde. Women in Tech Africa is also the 2018 recipient of the United Nations Equals Award for Leadership in the Women and Technology Space.
- CIO/CTO of the year award- Titilope Fakuade, CIO MTN Liberia
- Corporate women of the year award- Kari Tukur, Vice President MasterCard Sub Saharan Africa
- Most impactful women in tech empowerment initiative award- ShEquity
- Outstanding women in tech, West Africa- Kemi Okusanya, General manager, Visa West Africa
- Outstanding women in tech diaspora- Brenda Zikonda, Cyber Security Consultant | Project Manager, Deloitte España
- Outstanding women in tech, North Africa- Amal Amin Ibrahim Shendi , Professor National Research Centre, Egypt
- Outstanding women in tech South Africa- Yolanda Cuba, Group Regional Vice President Southern And East Africa At MTN Group
- Tech advocate of the year- Eva Sow Ebion- Director #I4Policy
- Tech entrepreneur of the year- Temie Giwa – Tubosun- Founder, Lifebank Nigeria
- Women in tech startup of the year- Ama Dadson, Founder Akoobooks
- Women in tech to watch- Vera Baker, Venture Capital Investor, Jua Fund