🇳🇬 Techfugees NIGERIA 🇳🇬
Techfugees' Chapter in Nigeria was launched in November 2019. It's the second Chapter in Africa after the one in Kenya. As a result of the ongoing conflicts from armed groups like Boko Haram and military counter-insurgency operations, Nigeria hosts more than 2 millions internally displaced persons (Data UNHCR, 2020), but also refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons. The team, based in between Lagos and Abuja is working on fostering access to employment for those individuals.
Brian Oyewole, co-lead, Abuja
Brian is a Sustainable Development and Cultural Heritage Preservation enthusiast. While trying to find his feet as an entrepreneur in a difficult environment, he contributed to the success of projects that have inclusion at their core through volunteering. With a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Lagos (Unilag), Brian has extensive Tech training including knowledge of multiple Networking environments and Digital Engagement tools. He is currently the Tech Manager at a Media firm and Technical Adviser at a Foundation in Nigeria. He started 'africanprintday' (a platform that promotes the unconventional use of African printed fabrics) and completed a study of 'Tourism Concepts & Practices' with Colorado State University. He is also a Central Bank of Nigeria Venture Prize Award Winner!
Lediju Olaonipekun Abdul-Muqtadir, co-lead, Abuja
Lediju Olaonipekun is a trained statistician at the University of Lagos, with experience in business development and research Project services. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and was involved in the Alterconf Nigeria edition and Digifab Summit. He has worked on technical research projects with Lagos State Aids Control Agency (LSACA), in the capacity of a Data Analyst and Lagos State Residents Registration Agency(LASRRA), as a manager. He's an advocate for tech inclusion and has participated in many projects aimed at enlightenment and propagation. He has experience in STEM education and hands-on experience with digital fabrication.
Tunde Ogunsanya, co-lead, Lagos
Maths and statistics graduate of the University of Lagos. Digital strategist and internal operations manager with 5-year experience in the Nigerian digital landscape, Babatunde is also working as the Operations Manager West Africa for #Houseofakina.
Pamela Ephraim, Coms volunteer, Abuja
Pamela Ephraim is a Journalist with experience in Radio broadcasting and digital media. Her interest lie between arts, media, technology & Global affairs. She holds a Master’s degree in Law & Diplomacy.