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Women encouraged to lead Technology and Innovation in Nigeria

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Online shopping community Kaymu Nigeria has stressed the need for women to occupy leadership positions in the new era of technology and innovation.

Speaking at the Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Festival (WOWE) 2015 held recently at the Landmark Event Centre in Oniru Lagos, the Managing Director of Kaymu Nigeria, Evangeline Wiles, represented by the Head of Public Relations and Offline Marketing, Tomiwa Oladele stated that women-owned businesses are on the rise, thanks to the technological advancements of the internet and social media in particular.

“The Nigerian ICT industry is dominated by men, partly due to the fact that many women choose to opt out of science and technology for fear of the technicality involved and society’s expectations of the career paths women should pursue; However more and more women are turning the challenges of being a woman in tech to opportunities”, she said.

Oladele further stated ‘’women are using technology and digital tools to work independently, to market their brands, to monitor results and in particular to balance their personal and career lives. This is very evident in the growing number of female entrepreneurs making giant strides on our platform’’.

“Nigerian women are recognising the need to equip themselves with skills needed to maintain a battle playing field with their male counterparts in the ICT industry”, she added.

The third edition of the Women of West Africa Entrepreneurship Festival featured seasoned experts from all over West African Countries including the CEO of Digital Jewels, Adedoyin Odunfan, CEO of Youth Technology Foundation, Njideka Harry and the Co-CEO of Jumia, Fatoumata Ba amongst others.

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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