During the 2015 “Pink Potential Initiative”, organised by Techno Brain, which celebrates the achievements of African women in the IT sector, the head of mobile money transfer services at Airtel, Topyster Muga was crowned the ‘IT Women of the Year’ in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Ethel Cofie mentioned in women building Africa's IT landscape
Ethel is the founder of Edel Technologies, a company dedicated to building custom software and mobile applications to help corporate organizations enter the mobile market.
Techno Brain is an ICT firm with presence in over 20 countries including the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
Topyster Muga, Kenya
The INSEAD Business School MBA Graduate received the award based on her overall contribution to the technology in Africa. She recently lead Airtel Kenya’s Airtel Money team in innovating the Airtel Money Pesa Card – a Visa card mirroring the Airtel Money account. She also helped form the Mobile Money Association of Kenya. In her time at Vodafone Group, she led the launch of M-Pesa in several emerging markets. While Topyster Muga’s recognition is commendable, Africa is home to several other IT female achievers that have etched their names on the minds of many organizations and people around and out of the continent.
Amrote Abdella, Kenya
In October 2015, Amrote Abdella was made the new regional director for Microsoft’s 4Afrika Initiative, which is active in 54 countries on the continent. She will be responsible for supervising Microsoft’s investments as well as strengthening Microsoft’s engagements in Africa. The 4Afrika initiative was established in February 2013, since then, it has empowered over 273,000 small to medium-size enterprises, 76,000 youth, 20,000 government employees, and nine innovation hubs with access to technology, resources and world-class skills development. Speaking on Abdella’s appointment, the Corporate VP, Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Ali Faramawy said she has the experience to successfully lead the initiative. “We are confident in her ability to move the initiative forward and refocus our efforts”, he said.
Funke Opeke, Nigeria
She was once the Executive Director of the Wholesale division of Verizon Communications in New York. Now she is the CEO of Main One Cable Company. Prior to the establishment of Cable One with most of her savings, she went through a lot of challenges that entrepreneurs usually go through in setting up shop. Now that the dream is a reality after investments and support from local and international sources, Main One Cable has landing points in Portugal, Ghana and Nigeria and branching units in Morocco, Canary Islands, Senegal and Ivory Coast
Ethel Cofie, Ghana
She is the founder of Edel Technologies, a company dedicated to building custom software and mobile applications to help corporate organizations enter the mobile market. In 2014, she set up the Africa Twenty 10 Accelerator which helps African startups launch in multiple markets. She is also responsible for setting up Women in Tech Africa Alliance, which is a body of all women in tech groups across Africa, to give them a stronger voice and help them access more resources, share knowledge and network. She has also set up Women in Tech Ghana, which is an informal networking group focused on education and enhancing women’s careers by sharing experiences and lessons learned in members’ career development. All these make her a Tech icon, not just in Ghana but on the continent as well.
The above named women are only a few examples of tech game changers on the continent and paving ways for the next generation.
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