Girls in ICT Day: Airtel Hosts Interactive Knowledge Session for Secondary School Girls

L-R: Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Chioma Okolie; Head, Brands and Advertising, Bolanle Osotule; Director, Information Technology, Kemi Ariyo, Chief Financial Officer, Phanindra Nichanametla; Director, Airtel Business/President, Airtel Women Network, Ogo Ofomata; General Manager, Sourcing, Supply Chain Management, Chineze Ajua, all of Airtel Nigeria; during an interactive session with girls from Alaba Oro Comprehensive Senior High School, Ajegunle, in commemoration of Girls in ICT Day at Airtel Headquarters, Banana Island Lagos, on Monday 29th April, 2024.

As part of its commitment to empowering and mentoring women to become global leaders while breaking stereotypes and closing gender gaps, the Airtel Women Network, a platform comprising female employees of Airtel Nigeria, welcomed girls from Airtel’s adopted school, Alaba Oro Comprehensive Senior High School, Ajegunle to commemorate International Day of Girls in ICT on Monday, 29th April 2024.

Led by the telco’s IT Director, Kemi Ariyo, the session emphasized the need for the rise of influential female role models in driving progress within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers. It also served as an avenue to inspire young girls about the vast opportunities within the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field.

During the session, Ogo Ofomata, Director of Enterprise and Airtel Business and President of the Airtel Women Network, shared insights on the significance of the 2024 commemoration with the students.

“Leadership entails leading yourself to do the things you have to do. With regard to the theme of this year’s International Girls in ICT Day, which is Leadership, our goal is to empower young girls and women to become programmers, coders, designers and to pursue careers in the ICT sector, ultimately becoming leaders in the IT sector,” she said.

The highlight of the event was a thought-provoking session led by Kemi Ariyo, IT Director at Airtel Nigeria, emphasizing the importance of technological knowledge in addressing various global challenges.

In her words, “The world revolves around technology and everything we do today has to do with technology. You can get into that space by adopting hard work, smart work, and an active involvement in internship programs. In addition, just as technology can be used in music and other sectors, learning technology can help you achieve your goals of problem- solving in this digital age.”

Also speaking at the event, Chief Financial Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Phanindra Nichanametla restated Airtel’s tagline ‘A Reason to Imagine’, reassuring the students of Airtel’s commitment to encouraging positive imagination. “A very important note to take home from this event is that Airtel is here to change your imagination and give you opportunities to imagine more,” he said.

Airtel remains committed to promoting initiatives that promote gender equality and diversity in the workplace. By investing in the education and empowerment of young girls in ICT, Airtel Nigeria continues to pave the way for a more inclusive and prosperous future in the world of technology.


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