Social Media Week Lagos 2020: Speakers call on women to be frontrunners in technology

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The 2020 Social Media Week (SMW) Lagos saw industry experts, players and stakeholders coming together to interact on the impact of social media in the society. The event which had lots of interactive sessions was a reservoir of knowledge as nuggets of wisdom were flying around. Experts who spoke at one of the sessions called on women to be frontrunners in technology innovations.

Leaders in different sectors were speakers at a panel discussion titled Women Build Technology Too! The Benefits of and Challenges to Achieving a Gender Balanced Tech Ecosystem, where they urged women to take up key roles in the area of technology because it is the future.

One of the speakers, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, who is the Founder of Rise Network, stated that Nigeria needs to lean more towards technology because it is already dominating the world. This is the case as technology provides solutions to a lot of challenges experienced in the world today. She lamented that Nigeria is lagging behind as some countries are championing the cause.

Akerele-Ogunsiji spoke about the myth that technology is a field for men, hence, women shy away from getting involved in it. Debunking this myth, she urged women to ditch that mentality and position themselves in tech areas.

Speaking further, the speaker highlighted the importance of collaboration among women. According to her, women need to support one another in the achievement of a common goal. By doing this, they will be able to do a lot more.

Also present at the session was Simi Olusola who is the executive director of Aspilos Foundation. She advised women to not be cut off from technology as that will exempt them from the world.  She also urged parents to teach their children to be tech savvy.

Another speaker on the panel, Temilade Adelakun, stated that women leaders should step onto the spotlight and drive technology.

In conclusion, Kafayat Adeoye, an official from Eko Connect, said that strategies for recruitment have to be reviewed to be suitable to women.

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