Social Good Nigeria, a network of innovators and socio-preneurs, leveraging on the explosive power of digital technology, has collaborated with the Swedish government and espire hub incubator, to unveil The PopUp Incubator Project for techies in Nigeria.
The project is targeted at developing the capacities of techies, entrepreneurs, young professionals and most importantly to promote women and girls’ involvement in the ICT Sector in Nigeria.
The unveiling which took place in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, on 23rd April, had in attendance, young female students from Lead British Schools in Abuja and ICT professionals.
Esther Agbarakwe, Co-Founder, Social Good Nigeria revealed that PopUp Incubator is expected to enhance the capacities of those who are in love with Techie activities such as programming, coding, web designing as well as social networking, with Nigeria having the highest number of users in Africa.
According to Swedish Ambassador in Nigeria, Svante Kilander, “the Embassy is proud and happy to support and partner with Social Good Nigeria to increase the knowledge exchange between Sweden and Nigeria on social entrepreneurship, CSR and women’s rights, resources and representation”.
Omasan Ogibi, Software Engineer, Ericsson West Africa, was one of the guest speakers at the unveiling, she recounted her experience as a young woman who ventured into ICT industry early, and encouraged school girls at the event to hold on to their dreams and never give up irrespective of the intimidation particularly from the opposite sex.
Also speaking via a Video Message was Dr. Mairo Mandara of Gates Foundation. She said: “When we educate a girl, we educate a generation. With hard work, girls will rule the world”.
Social Good Nigeria will be commencing its pilot programmes at Technology Villages in 6 major cities across Nigeria, namely: Abuja, Jos, Lagos, Warri, Oyo, Kaduna.