Abisoye Ajayi: Empowering underprivileged girls through technology
Suluzulu’s Women in STEM meets with Abisoye Ajayi, founder of Pearls Africa and #GirlsCoding – an IT solutions expert whose vision to get more girls, particularly underprivileged girls into coding is changing lives for good.
Girls Coding is an initiative you started with your team to teach young girls functional IT skills. What gave birth to the idea?
I gained interest in ICT at a very young age thanks to my older brother Tolu who felt I should not sit at home while on holidays but to learn to use computer at the age of 12. Since then I have never had a free time to myself, if I had, it would be on computers and learning something new.
This interest became more real when I spent 7 years in an IT Audit firm and I had to combine School (University/College) with it. I came up with this idea while I was in there, started with a Youth in Tech Workshop at the University level, had a breaking track record in the thousands of participants who attended the maiden edition, then along the way I realized ladies were poorly represented, I thought to narrow it down by focusing on young girls and women in tech. That gave birth to GirlsCoding