Sharon, a 17-year old girl from the Makoko community of Lagos, Nigeria creates an invention to help fishermen bypass middlemen.
Sharon Leah who is the 11th child of her family recognized the disadvantage of her family with middle-men and felt they were being underpaid created a website named Makoko Fresh to bridge the gap between her family’s product and willing consumers, utilizing the internet.
Leah who benefited from Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s girls can code program in 2015 has helped bring civilization to Makoko. Speaking with CNN Heroes about how it all began, Sharon said:
“It was around 2015 when Ms. Abisoye came to Makoko community to train girls about computer. I said okay, I would go… I learned how to use computer very well, to build websites. That’s why I’m creating an app with my team.”
Her sole aim was to erase all the middlemen involved in her family’s business, limiting revenue streams and causing her disadvantages.
Sharon’s courage and hardwork will not be overlooked as she has invention has helped bring relevant attention to Makoko a slum in Lagos, Nigeria, known as the world’s largest “floating slum”. Rickety shanty houses stand on stilts in the polluted water. The men of Makoko are typically fishermen, while the women of Makoko are usually traders, selling the fish caught by the men.
Sharon hopes to attend Harvard one day, and eventually become a software engineer.