Nigerians are not ready to stop making us proud and we will always be happy to talk about them, on Wednesday, December 12,2018 Forbes released a list of world’s top women in technology in 2018 and two Nigerians made it to the list.
Amy Jadesimi and Funke Opeke, are the Nigerians who made Forbes’ 50 world’s top women in technology in 2018 and they were joined by a third African who is from Kenya.
According to Forbes, the The 2018 Inaugural Top 50 Women In Technology lists identify three generations of forward-thinking technologists leading more than a dozen tech sectors across the globe.
More About Them
Born in 1976, Amy Jadesimi is a Nigerian physician, businesswoman, corporate executive and entrepreneur.
She is the managing director of LADOL – an industrial free zone in Lagos Harbour that provides a one-stop-shop secure and modern industrial village for multinational companies with high value projects operating in West Africa. In 2012, she was honored to be named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, in 2013 a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and in 2014 one of Forbes’ “Youngest Power Women in Africa.”
Jadesimi attended the University of Oxford where she obtained bachelor of art in physiology and bachelor in both medicine and surgery before she later furthered her education at Stanford University where she obtained masters of business administration.
Funke moved back to Nigeria to take on the role of Chief Technology Officer of MTN Nigeria in 2005, then she noticed the low internet connectivity in Nigeria and decided to do something about it. In 2008, she started MainOne, West Africa’s leading communications services, and network solutions provider.
Funke Opeke grew up Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo state, while she originally hails from Ile- Oluji, Ondo state. Born into a family of 9, her father was the first Nigerian director of the Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria while her mother was a teacher.
Ms. Opeke attended Queens School, an all-girls school in Ibadan where she completed her secondary school education before proceeding to electrical engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria.