2021 WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA AWARDS: SEE THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS

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. 

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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.

The awards ceremony made up of 11 categories, spanned the various regions of the African continent. Winners for each category were determined by a panel of seasoned judges, namely, Rebecca Enonchong- Founder and CEO AppsTech / Board Chair Afrilabs, Estelle Akofio- Sowah- West Africa Regional Manager, CSquared, Onica N. Makwakwa- Head of Africa Region, Alliance for Affordable Internet. It also included Fatuma Muzungu- Advisor, Strategy and Innovation, FinDev Canada, Sameera Chattun Koyratty- Managing Director, Safe Sha Training Centre/ WiTA Mauritius Chapter Lead and Precious Mdlalose- Post Investments and Value Creation Manager, IDF.

About the Awards

The awards scheme seeks to celebrate Women in Technology in Africa, who are excelling in the field at all career levels, under 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.

SEE FULL LIST OF WINNERS BELOW:

CIO/CTO OF THE YEAR AWARD- Titilope Fakuade, CIO MTN Liberia

CORPORATE WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD- Kari Tukur, Vice President MasterCard Sub Saharan Africa

MOST IMPACTFUL WOMEN IN TECH EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE AWARD- ShEquity

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH, WEST AFRICA- Kemi Okusanya, General manager, Visa West Africa

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH DIASPORA- Brenda Zikonda, Cyber Security Consultant | Project Manager, Deloitte España

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH, NORTH AFRICA- Amal Amin Ibrahim Shendi , Professor National Research Centre, Egypt

OUTSTANDING WOMAN 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

WOMAN IN TECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR- Ama Dadson, Founder Akoobooks

WOMAN IN TECH TO WATCH- Vera Baker, Venture Capital Investor, Jua Fund

PRESS RELEASE : WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

Nominations for the Women in Tech Africa Awards 2021 have been announced. There are 30 nominees across 11 categories with nominations spanning the African continent, as well as the diaspora. The full list of nominees follows this release.

We received more than 150 heartwarming and impressive nominations, leaving the task of shortlisting and the determination of winners to our judging panel of seasoned professionals in the field.

This year’s judging panel includes:

Rebecca Enonchong – Founder and CEO AppsTech / Board Chair Afrilabs

Estelle Akofio- Sowah– West Africa Regional Manager, CSquared

Onica N. Makwakwa– Head of Africa Region, Alliance for Affordable Internet

Fatuma Muzungu– Advisor, Strategy and Innovation, FinDev Canada

Sameera Chattun Koyratty– Managing Director, Safe Sha Training Centre/ WiTA Mauritius Chapter Lead

Precious Mdlalose– Post Investments and Value Creation Manager, IDF

We wish to congratulate all the nominees! We are especially proud to recognize and honour these amazing women doing exceptionally well in their respective fields. Winners will be announced in a virtual ceremony on 31 July 21, 2021 in Accra, Ghana.

About the Awards

In partnership with FindevCanada, the awards scheme seeks to celebrate Women in Technology in Africa, who are excelling in the field at all career levels, under 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.

NOMINEES

CIO/CTO OF THE YEAR AWARD

  • Titilope Fakuade,  CIO MTN Liberia  
  • May Govender, CIO for Card and Payments at Standard Bank South Africa
  • Itumeleng Makgati, Group Executive, Information Security   Standard Bank Group

CORPORATE WOMAN IN TECH AWARD

  • Kari Tukur- Vice President, Mastercard, Sub Saharan Africa
  • Yolanda Cuba – Group Regional Vice President Southern and East Africa at MTN Group

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH, WEST AFRICA

  • Kemi Okusanya- General Manager, Visa West Africa
  • Gillian Darko- General Manager at Jumo World
  • Leona Lillian Abban – Country Manager at Microensure

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH DIASPORA 

  • Brenda Zikonda, Cyber Security Consultant | Project Manager, Deloitte España
  • Vera Baker, Venture Capital Investor- Jua Fund

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH, NORTH AFRICA

  • Amal Amin Ibrahim Shendi , Professor National Research Centre, Egypt
  • Lamia Chaari Fourati, Digital Research Center of SFAX

OUTSTANDING WOMAN IN TECH SOUTH AFRICA

  • Dr. Adriana Marais- Founder, #ProudlyHuman        
  • Aisha R. Pandor- Co-Founder at SweepSouth.com
  • Yolanda Cuba – Group Regional Vice President Southern and East Africa at MTN Group

TECH ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR

  • Edna Karijo, Emobilis Mobile Technology Institute                           
  • Eva Sow Ebion- Director #i4policy

TECH ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

  • Charity Chitalu Mwanza, CEO Digital PayGo
  • Temie Giwa – Tubosun- Founder, Lifebank Nigeria

WOMAN IN TECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR

  • Adelaide Akinyi Odhiambo, Bluewave Insurance Agency    
  • Ama Dadson, Akoobooks      
  • Winifred Kotin, Superfluid Labs         

WOMAN IN TECH TO WATCH AWARD

  • Lebo Martins, Senior Project Manager iot.nxt & CEO of MiPELO
  • Mapule Malau, Founder Ladycode
  • Penina Kimani- CDO Longhorn Publishers
  • Vera Baker, Venture Capital Investor- Jua Fund

MOST IMPACTFUL WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE AWARD

  • ShEquity
  • The Standard Chartered Women in Tech Incubator

WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA AWARDS 2021 ANNOUNCED

Taking their core mandate of entrepreneurship expansion and multiplying the numbers of females in technology, especially in Africa a step further, Women in Tech Africa has announced the maiden edition of the Women in Tech Africa Awards.

Slated for 31st July 2021, the awards scheme seeks to celebrate Women in Technology in Africa, who are excelling in the field at all career levels, under 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.

The awards have three main objectives:

•           Celebrating women in STEM in AFRICA for their accomplishments as leaders in the tech sector, business, visionaries, and women who make a difference in their communities.

•           The awards will also recognize outstanding projects and initiatives across Africa that are helping build a brighter digital future for girls and women.

•           Bringing together women in technology across Africa for a night of networking

NOMINATIONS OPENED

Nominate deserving candidates today! Chances are you know someone that you believe deserves an award for the work they are doing, the projects or programs they are leading, or the support they are giving in their community.

Maybe it is you. Do you have a career, project or accomplishment that you are particularly proud of? Then nominate yourself! These awards ae for real people and real projects like yours.

Click here https://forms.gle/ApnGB9yyKkyc3Zw76 and fill the nomination form. A panel of seasoned judges has been constituted to shortlist successful nominees. Nominees will be announced subsequently.

Deadline for nominations is 28th May 2021.

The Women in Tech Africa Awards will bring together exceptional women from across the world, provide an opportunity for stakeholders to network and reinforce relationships while giving them the well-deserved recognition.

Women in Tech Africa

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Women in Tech Africa Diaspora Launch in London

Women in Tech Africa Diaspora Launch in London with Rita Usaga,Ethel Cofie,Josiah Eyison and Rashada Harry

Women in Tech Africa Ghana Chapter July 2015 Event

Women in Tech Africa Ghana Chapter July 2015 Event

Women in Tech Africa Nominated for the WORLD SUMMIT ON THE INFORMATION SOCIETY PRIZES 2019

 Women in Tech Africa  are excited to announce that 2019 has started on a ‘winning’ note.
Women in Tech Africa has been nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2019 –the category (Action Line) C6.

We encourage you to show your support for the vision by voting for WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA in the category (Action Line) C6.

Deadline for votes is 10th of February and is open to the public so everyone can vote.

Women in Tech Africa are excited to announce that 2019 has started on a ‘winning’ note.
Women in Tech Africa has been nominated for the WSIS Prizes 2019 –the category (Action Line) C6.

We encourage you to show your support for the vision by voting for WOMEN IN TECH AFRICA in the category (Action Line) C6.

Deadline for votes is 10th of February and is open to the public so everyone can vote.

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Exciting Start to #WomeninTechWeek2018 : Digital Day

The first day of Women in Tech Week was exciting . Some highlights from Ghana(Kumasi), Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Germany and Mauritius

Kenya

We were honoured to have a tweet chat with Salome Gathoni on Digital Africa and the way forward for Africa. She shared insightful tips on areas governments are to focus

on to get Africa where it ought to be in terms of technology. Salome also shared tips on how to cope as a female in a male-dominated field such as technology. Check our twitter page for the full conversation.

Mauritius, Zambia, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Nigeria saw the launch of Women in Tech Week 2018 as they celebrated Digital Africa Day.

In our #Uganda #womenintechweek . our Speaker Astrid Haas spoke on Economics of Mobile Money . But more importantly like a boss she had a baby on her hip and technical knowledge on her lips . We salute her #womenintech #leadership #technology #motherhood

From Africa to the World : A global Woman in tech week ,#WITW2018 officially commences today, Tuesday, 18th of September

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Women in Tech Week officially commences today, the 18th of September to 22nd September 2018, running in

16 countries with over 50 events and a great selection of speakers.

Day 1 , Tuesday 18th September – Digital Day

Zambia

18/09/2018

9:00 am – 1:45 pmDigital Africa Day- Zambia, View Event Venue , Zambia,University of Zambia- Library Basement, Lusaka ZambiaNigeria

Nigeria

18/09/2018

10:00 am – 1:00 pm Digital Africa Day – Port Harcourt, View Event  ,Venue Nigeria,Tiva Creatives Office, Port Harcourt RiversSierra Leone

Sierra Leone

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Digital Africa Day- Sierra Leone, View Event  , Venue: Sierra Leone,10:00AM, Freetown Sierra Leone

Kenya

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Digital Africa Day -Kenya Chapter- Live Tweet Chat-18th Sep 2018, View Event

Nigeria

4:00 pm – 7:45 pm Digital Africa Day- Imo State, View Event

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Digital Africa Day – Lagos, View Event Venue  Nigeria,NG_Hub by Facebook, Yaba Lagos

Uganda

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Digital Africa Day, Uganda, View Event Venue ,Uganda,Roundbob Offices, Kampala

Tanzania

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Digital Africa Day – Tanzania, View Event

Germany

8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Digital Africa Day – Germany, View Event