What is your educational background?
BSc Computer Science, Queen Mary University of London
What is your current occupation?
CEO of Alida School.
Alida School is an online coding school. We train people to become software engineers in just 12 weeks and help our graduates find jobs.
Our mission as a company is to train the next generation of tech talent in Africa.
What or who got you into STEM?
I learned how to code when I was at secondary school and then went on to study computer science at university.
What is the biggest challenge/barrier you have faced as an African in STEM?
Hiring. Finding tech talent is very challenging.
How do you think your background/upbringing has been beneficial in your journey/career?
My dad was a business man and that influenced my career path. I never had the aspiration of going to work for a big banking or tech corporation.
How do you think we can start to change the narrative surrounding African contributions
to global STEM research & careers?
By putting Black scientists, engineers, inventors, etc. in the spotlight and showing Black children that they can attain success outside of entertainment and sports.
What advice would you like to give to young, aspiring Africans in STEM?
It’s a lot of hard work but it pays off.
Do you have any projects you’re working on that you would like us to highlight?
Alida School is an online coding school and we train people to become software engineers in 12 weeks.
Our goal is to train the next generation of tech talent in Africa.