AKINFOLARIN Abisoye-Ajayi

Born May 19, 1985
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Ondo State

Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Women's Right Activist. She founded Pearls Africa Youth Foundation in year 2012, a Non-Governmental Organization that assists girls in developing technology skills through various programs including; GirlsCoding, G.C Mentors, GirlsInSTEM and Empowered Hands. Ajayi-Akinfolarin began her career working for E. D. P Audit and Security Associates. She worked at the company for seven years, beginning as an intern and being promoted to the level of Associate Consultant. Working in technology, Ajayi-Akinfolarin discovered a large gender gap after a survey by the government found that less than 8% of women held professional, managerial and technology positions. Moved by the number of girls who are unskilled in computer programming, she left her job to set up a foundation that caters to these needs. Since 2012, the organization has trained over 400 young women to code. In 2017, Ajayi-Akinfolarin also founded Lady Labs Innovation Hub, a female-focused tech centre. The centre caters specifically to the technological needs of female university students enrolled in the STEM Fields of study and female entrepreneurs.
Gender: Female
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State of Origin: Ekiti state
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Founder, Pearls Africa Youth Foundation;Founder, Lady Labs Innovation Hub

Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (NIIT), University of Lagos, Lagos state
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– Recipient, CNN Hero of the Year Award, November 1, 2018.

Ajayi-Akinfolarin is the first Nigerian to be featured in the 12 years history of CNN Hero’s Programme.

WEBSITE:
Pearls Africa.org

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