The US Mission in Nigeria has recently honoured Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin for her significant contribution to women capacity building.
Born in 1985, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Nigerian Women and Girls Advocate Social Entrepreneur.
Late last year, on November 1, she was named one of the ten CNN Heroes of the year, alongside nine other pacesetters in the world. Even more amazing, that same month, she was listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women.
Abisoye has conducted multiple human development programs including GirlsCoding, GirlsSTEM and Empowered Hands. The U.S Mission Nigeria tweeted 7 hours ago, saying, Through her various programs, this tech enthusiast has trained over 400 girls and women to code, with a passion geared towards their empowerment and digital relevance.
The U.S. Mission in Nigeria tweeted 7 hours ago, saying,
“#NigerianStar @AbisoyeAjayi is an alumna @StateIVLP and a 2018 @CNNHeroes honoree. She assists girls in developing tech skills through programs including #GirlsCoding, #GirlsinSTEM and Empowered Hands through which she has trained over 400 girls and women to code”
Born in Akure, Ondo State, Abisoye attended the Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), and she later went on to acquire a BSc in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.
Working in technology at E.D.P Adult and Security Associations for seven years, she discovered a large gender gap which corresponds with the 2013 governmental survey that less than 8% of management, professional or technological positions are held by Nigerian women.
In a bid to bridge this gap, she founded the Pearls Africa Youth Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization aimed at educating young girls in under-served areas in Nigeria with technology skills. The fact that she left her successful, fulltime IT consulting job to start the Foundation speaks a lot about her passion.