“I can now operate a computer, I can code and use Microsoft excel for calculation “- BALA Comfort

BALA Comfort. Age: 18, Miss.Africa Seed Fund Beneficiary

Q1: Give us a general experience with Miss Africa sponsored AboCoders training and how your digital skills were enhanced

Comfort: Through the help of  Miss.Africa Sponsored AboCoders Training, I can now operate a computer, I can code and use Microsoft excel for calculation. Before I came to AboCoders, I didn’t know anything about computers at all but now I can also teach others around although not so well but at least my digital skills are refined.

Q2: How did the Miss Africa sponsored AboCoders training enhance your perceptions of the involvement of women in technology

Comfort: It is very good for a woman to engage in technology because through the use of computers, we can be more aware of our surrounding and be a better part of it. We can also make active contributions and changes in our immediate environment and the world at large. I think more opportunities should be created for women so they can perform better.

Q3: Give us a professional instance during your training that remains a landmark in your career profession

Comfort: An instance that remains a landmark is the visit of Miriam, a student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna to our training center. She is also a member of the WAAW, a foundation that engages in STEM. She spoke about the creation and building of solar panel, simple generators and fan and that has always been in my memory and motivates to also do well and be able to create those things that can make life better for my community.

Question 4: Outline your take on the future of women technology in Africa

Comfort: I believe the future is bright for women in Africa and all over the world. 

Women can change the world through the use of computers, they can solve problems for example, natural disasters such as earthquake can be foreseen and damages reduced. Corruption can also be battled using computers especially in Africa.

 


Miss.Africa Voices is a regular online journal that presents women in tech experiences, opinions and observations. These stories come from DotConnectAfrica Internship Alumni and other Women who are leading the tech-preneurship fronts in their own ecosystems. The Miss.Africa Voices also serves to encourage more girls & women to get involved in STEM careers through our Miss.Africa Digital Program.

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