Africa’s 50 Digital Champions list profiled some women across the continent who are not only empowering other through digital but also creating social change.
Across the continent, these women are either providing digital training or developing digital solutions that would solve problems facing societies among a number of empowerment and innovations in Digital.
These women are;
Regina Honu – Ghana
Regina is the CEO of Soronko Academy, she has been empowering girls in Ghana with digital skills from web development to course that help them to be ready for their digital future. Soronko started from an initiative called TechneedGirls which was spearheaded by Regina herself. Currently, she’s running her 8th Cohort training for women.
Vena Arielle Ahouansou – Benin
Vena is the Founder of KEA Medicals, a platform that interconnects health structures through a single database using the Universal Medical Identity (IMU), in order to facilitate the reporting of patients’ medical history. She is an innovator in the Digital Health space and has done a lot of good to the people of Benin through partnerships with MTN Benin.
Vena is a Medical doctor and was recently part of the Top 50 for Jack Ma’s Africa Business Heros.
Nabou Fall – Cote D’Ivoire
Nabou Fall is the co-founder to Impact Hub Abidjan and the CEO of VIZEO a 360 communication agency based in Democratic Republic of Congo. Nabou’s contributions towards Cote D’ivoire’s is key as she was the first women to setup an innovation hub in the country. Offering co-working spaces and other digital services to upcoming tech founders.
Rebecca Enonchong – Cameroon
Rebecca is currently the board chair of AfriLabs Foundation and the CEO of AppsTech. She’s known as the Queen of Digital. Rebecca is also the Co-founder of I/O space in the US, The Board Chair of ActivSpaces in Cameroon and has since been a member of the board of Advisors Center for Digital Excellence of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
Aimonia Cabral – Guinea Bissau
Aimonia is the CEO of BandimOnline an eCommerce platform in Guinea Bissau that connects traders and buyers from foodstuffs to Arts and Culture accessories. Ecommerce in the Portuguese speaking country is not easy but Aimonia is defying the odds to connect the populist through digital.
Boi Kgathi Rasmussen – Botswana
Boi is the CEO of Yamee, an eCommerce platform for food based in Botswana and a subsidiary in Tanzania with DR congo to open soon. Yamee is headquartered in the Netherlands and has been the number go to platform for food delivery in Botswana.
Kate Cummings – Liberia
Kate founded iLab Liberia a non-profit local tech hub that provides access to information, open and geospatial data, research, web technologies and expert ICT assistance through a community of volunteers leveraging technology for the good of Liberia.
Since 2011, iLab have offered over 300 trainings and public events for more than 3,500 Liberians ranging from web and mobile development, open data and visualization, data collection and analysis, geospatial and participatory mapping, entrepreneurship, physical computing and networking, coding, leadership among other skills that focus on open source technologies and other relevant solutions.
Maneo Mapharisha – Lesotho
Maneo Mapharisa, co-founded Girls Coding Academy in Lesotho with her co-founder to empower women and girls in Lesotho with digital skills in software developments, the building of websites and mobile apps among other skills.
Rachel Sibande – Malawi
Rachel is a Malawian technology expert, computer scientist, STEM educator, social entrepreneur and innovator. She is the Founder and Director of Malawi`s First innovation Hub and incubator for emerging start-ups, entrepreneurs and innovators, mHub. Apart from the Hub, Rachel is Chairperson at Girl Effect Malawi and Board member at GiveDirectly Malawi.
Aziza Cheikhna – Mauritania
Aziza is an IT engineer. STEM education advocate. Co-Founder and Catalyst of the Hadina RIMTIC incubator in Mauritania.
Anifa Mvuemba – Congo
Anifa is a Congolese based in the United States, she’s the Founder of the Hanifa Group and a great fashion designer and innovator as such. During the Lockdown when Fashion runways had stopped. Anifa innovated to be the first African and person in the world to break the internet with her 3D rendered Fashion show which streamed exclusively on her company’s instagram page.
Aisha R. Pandor – South Africa
Aisha is the founder of SweepSouth, an online platform for booking, paying for and managing homes cleaning services. Serving over 20,000 household in South Africa. Aisha is creating social impact for women looking for jobs as cleaners etc..
Paula Ingabire – Rwanda
Paula is the woman behind Rwanda’s ICT / Digital Transformation. She is a technology professional and politician, who serves as the Minister of Information and communications technology and Innovation, in the Cabinet of Rwanda
She has been featured across the BBC, World Bank’s ICT meeting among a number of event across the World. Paula is part of the team that is working to put a mobile phone in every Rwandans hand, an initiative in collaboration with MTN Rwanda.