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!
Co-founder of The Clicking Generation, an ICT academy for kids and teens, Tsaone works as an IT Technician at the Okavango Research Institute (UB) in Maun. Actively engaged with Africa Code Week since 2015, she has trained over 6,000 students so far.
Tsaone graduated from the University of Botswana in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, but that's not it. She is an Alumni from many prestigious cohorts: Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 2016, from Africa's Brightest Young Minds (BYM) 2017 as well as from the Stanford University of Business Go-To-Market Programme, cohort 2 2019. Active member of the Femina Association, an NGO fostering women empowerment and girl child mentorship, she currently serves as Branch Manager at The Clicking Generation in Maun.
My name is Jonathan Okorie and I love to code! I am a 12 year old in 6th grade at Glenwood Middle School, Maryland. I like to partake in hobbies such as researching in technology, playing basketball, drawing and animating. I have recently made a YouTube channel where I post my animations and drawings.
Two years ago, in fourth grade, my journey to coding began. My fascination in technology was the driving passion for this interest. Ever since I was very young, I had always played around and studied broken pieces of technology. Soon enough, I got to learn more about modern technology and how they worked. I then realized that to make them work required computer programming skills.
What is coding? Put simply, coding in a programming language of your choice such as SCRATCH is teaching the computer logical instructions and commands to execute tasks. I began with writing my first game using SCRATCH and I finished the game. Although it wasn’t a masterpiece, I was glad with the end product and made a better game. I also noticed how math and science was easier to understand.
I actually did not start coding for an educational purpose, but I did it because I thought it was fun.I am now learning other advanced coding languages such as C sharp and JAVA for the purpose of making video games, solving problems, and making software.
What are my goals? I really want to get an education in computer engineering and science. Although it will take me time and effort to be successful, but I am willing to put in the work for my future. In conclusion, we are the future, coding is the future. #stayNEON!
In addition to co-founding Fidato Global Services, a Nigerian game, app design and digital marketing company, Okenwa co-founded Soparkids International, where he still serves as Mentor and Coach. This tech lover loves working with young people and children, introducing them to the realms of #IOT, #3D priniting, #AI, and much more. He has empowered over 2,000 young Nigerians with digital skills so far.
Nnamdi is a technology and waste management enthusiast. He currently serves as Regional Coordinator (South – South Nigeria) for Mind The Gap Innovation Hub, which is a Lead partner of the Google Digital Skills for Africa program in Nigeria. He co-founded Exsuntra Solutions LTD, a technology service provider empowering SMEs through technology that has grown into a vendor to a major ISP in Nigeria with clients ranging across government institutions, oil servicing companies, academia and SMEs.
In 2017, Coding for Kids And Teens (#C4KAT) was launched as part of Africa Code Week with its first student learning sessions held in Adamawa, Akwa Ibom and Rivers States. Their initial goal of providing every child and teenager with a hands-on experience in STEM has led to the launch of the Exsuntra Technology Education and National Development (T.E.N.D.) Foundation. Namdi and team are now leveraging the successes of #C4KAT and the Exsuntra Academy to harness the opportunities of the future of work for young people.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt (2012).
Soji Megbowon is not just a school teacher: he was a 2019 Global Teacher Prize finalist and 2019 Inspirational Teacher award winner in Nigeria. Passionate advocate for inclusive education, coding, STEM education and entrepreneurship, he and his wife founded the Teenpreneurs HUB, a leadership and entrepreneurship centre to train and empower teenagers from rural communities with life skills at no cost.
Soji started a STEM club in his school and 9 other public schools in Lagos. This flagship project was designed to train and expose brilliant secondary school students from underserved backgrounds to become social innovators and address the future as problem solvers. Selected students receive tech and coding skills and are provided with opportunities capable of transforming their lives and that of their families and communities.
Soji was recently invited by the Africa Union (AU) Department for Education headquarters to attend the maiden of Innovating Education in Africa expo alongside 40 other young innovators selected from all over the continent. He also attended the 12th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training in Mauritius, where he was trained on the latest developments in ICT in the area of education.
Soji holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Mathematics Education from the University of Uyo, Nigeria, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Technology Education.
Olabode is a business/data analyst with 4 years of consultancy experience and expertise supporting startups, SMEs and large enterprises. He co-founded the Codespark Foundation, a social enterprise on a mission to bridge the digital skills gap in Africa starting with Nigeria. He loves teaching children and has impacted over 3000+ young minds across several schools in Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Ogun and other major states in Nigeria.
Passionate about growing the global innovation index of his country, he nurtures sustainable initiatives that turn Nigeria's consumers of foreign technology into actual innovators able to export their innovations. He believes that laying the right foundation for the next generation might not yield instant result but will definitely lead to pole-positioning his country for the many opportunities in the next industrial revolution.