Dr. Dorothy Okello of Kampala, Uganda is Africa’s first-ever Digital Woman of the Year, an honor bestowed upon her at an Africa ICT Days gala ceremony for the Digital Woman Award finalists that took place on 16 November in Yaoundé, Cameroon. According to Award organisers, Dr. Okello distinguished herself among a vast and talented pool of candidates from across Africa for her work to increase participation of girls and women in digital sectors in Africa and around the world.
Dr. Okello holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University in Uganda, a Master of Electrical Engineering from Kansas University in the United States, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she received a Commonwealth scholarship. In May 2000, Dr. Okello founded WOUGNET (Women of Uganda Network) with several women’s organisations in Uganda. WOUGNET is an NGO whose purpose is to promote uptake of information and communication technologies (ICT) among women.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Okello and wishing her a fruitful year as Africa’s first Digital Woman of the Year!
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Congratulations to the first-ever finalists for the Ada Awards African Digital Woman of the Year! These candidates stood out against a very talented and wide-ranging group of incredible women, judged on the basis of their background in digital studies and work, on the social, creative and leadership impact they each have as an individual, and their general suitability to be a digital ambassador for all of Africa.
Ms. Regina Agyare of Accra, Ghana
Watch Ms. Agyare’s video on her project “Tech Needs Girls Ghana,” and why she thinks science and technology is for everyone, including girls.
Ms. Rebecca Enonchong, of Douala, Cameroon
Watch Ms. Enonchong’s video on why and how she promotes greater uptake of ICTs by women in Africa.
Dr. Dorothy Okello of Kampala, Uganda
Dr. Okello founded WOUGNET (Women of Uganda Network) with several women’s organisations in Uganda. WOUGNET is an NGO whose purpose is to promote uptake of information and communication technologies (ICT) among women.
Ms. Rainatou Sow of Conakry, Guinea
Please join us in congratulating these very deserving women, stay tuned here to learn more about each of them, and get ready to celebrate with us at Africa ICT Days in Youndé, Cameroon on 16 November, when we announce the 2013 African Digital Woman of the Year™!
On the heels of a fantastic 2013 European Digital Woman of the Year™ Award campaign, we are thrilled to announce the launch of the African Digital Woman of the Year™ Award! Enjoy here a message about these awards by Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the United Nations International Telecoms Union (ITU): http://youtu.be/I0n1ITcmuoA
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Meet the jury of the 2014 African Digital Woman of the Year™ :
Jean-Jacques Massima Landji – ITU Representative for Central Africa and Madagascar
Ronke Lawal – Business woman running RSL Management Services and the Simone Williams fashion label, Former Chief Executive of the Islington Chamber of Commerce in UK
Reine Essobmadje – Co-Organizer of African Digital Woman of the Year Award, Founder of Evolving Consulting France & Cameroon, Co-Founder of ICT4MDG, Promoter of African ICT Days