Ambassadors are your local anchors for Africa Code Week event orchestration, questions and support. Feel free to reach out to them to get started on hosting your own coding workshops or simply get introduced to other interested schools / organizations. They are here to help you engage as many children and youth as possible in your community!

Dickson Kasote
  • Dickson Kasote
  • UNESCO Youth Mobile
  • Namibia

Dickson has worked for the UNESCO in Windhoek as a Consultant for Education for Sustainable Development and Social and Human Sciences. He also implemented a project entitled "UNESCO YouthMobile" with a goal to empower youth with the skills and confidence to develop mobile apps for sustainable development.

Passionate about youth and skills development, Dickson believes that ICTs and mobile technologies have the potential to reduce youth unemployment, income inequalities and poverty. He also believes that women empowerment in the mobile and ICT industry is key to sustainable development in Africa.

Dickson holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) Degree in Media Studies. 

Temitayo Adegoke
  • Temitayo Adegoke
  • Team Head, Euidem IT Solutions
  • Nigeria

Passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and education, Temitayo is an IT consultant, web/software developer and trainer with over 7 years ICT experience. He currently serves Euidem IT Solutions as Team Head, including Euidem Academy, the training arm of the company with several thousands of people trained on coding so far via the Google CS First program and the CodeLagos initiative of the Lagos State Government. 

He is part of The Lean on Me (LOM) project and several SDG projects. He received business and entrepreneurial training from the Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University, Lagos Business School and SDA Bocconi School of Management (Italy). 

Okoedoh Abraham
  • Okoedoh Abraham
  • STEM Educator, CODERINA
  • Nigeria

Okoedoh is a STEM Educator with CODERINA Educational Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that works to encourage IT development, innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Passionate about helping young people (especially in underserved areas) access foundational and lifelong transferable skills using technology, he believes that youth empowerment through ICT will radically reduce the high rate of youth unemployment in Nigeria.

This is how he became an Africa Code Week Ambassador for his country, successfully empowering 1,000+ students and 400 teachers across several communities with coding tools and skills over the past few years. 

Anu Balogun
  • Anu Balogun
  • Manager, PCM team, SAP
  • Nigeria

Anu joined the big SAP family in 2007 and believes in empowering her team to be the best at what they do. She understands that, when it comes to teamwork, every member of the team matters; and that when it comes to digital education in the 21st century, every child must be empowered. 

On her free time, she enjoys painting, meditating and practicing yoga. Anu has an M.Sc. in Software Engineering from St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, and a B.Sc. in Computer Science from University of Maryland, Baltimore county. 

Maparisi Beleme
  • Maparisi Beleme
  • Student
  • Lesotho

A student at the National University of Lesotho studying B.Sc Information Systems, Maparisi will be graduating in 2018. She volunteered to be a lab assistant at the National University of Lesotho for CS1301 (Computer Awareness and Skills) course in the academic years 2016/17 (January to April) and 2017/18 (January to April).

Most of the credits in the courses she pursued comprise of projects which involve developing and executing workable information systems, involving concrete exposure to practical cases.

Maparisi spends a lot of time researching about the impact of technology on the younger generation; the effect of growing up in the "age of technology" on young people. She participated in Girls Coding Academy programming workshop held at Roma on March 2018.

Maneo Mapharisa
  • Maneo Mapharisa
  • Founder of Girls Coding Academy
  • Lesotho

Prior to founding Girls Coding Academy with a goal to bridge the gender gap in the STEM field, Maneo studied Computer Science at the National University of Lesotho. Her first reason to encourage girls to learn coding? Because it's awesome! And if you need a second reason, here it is: learning coding help girls build foundations for lifelong skills that they can apply in any field of study and work. #Whatelse?