In furtherance of the campaign to sensitize young girls and encourage them to take up ICT-related professions, winners of the Web Development and STEM Quiz competitions, which was part of the celebration event organized by eBusiness Life Communication Limited were taken on a field trip to Vodacom Business Nigeria operational facility.
Among those hosted were students from Chrisland College, Idimu and Grace High School, Gbagada, both in Lagos State, who took the first positions in the Web Development and STEM Quiz competitions respectively.
The facility tour afforded the girls the opportunity to experience first-hand, the processes involved in Vodacom Nigeria services. They were also taken through brief lectures on the impact and future of global information and Communication Technology (ICT) and why Nigeria must be part of this digital revolution, through girls.
Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director of Vodacom Nigeria (Africa), Director, Legal and Company Secretary, Kola Fayemi welcomed the students and charged them to pay close attention to technology trends and not limit themselves in their abilities. In his words: “Technology is going to rule our future. It is going to be at the pivot of all we are going to be doing. IoT, Machine Learning and other technology innovations are where the world is going.”
He further called on the girls to eschew all limiting barriers and forge ahead with their dreams, while noting that technology will be the propelling factor in all sectors and professions in the future.
Quoting statistical data, Senior Manager, Product Portfolio, Funke Atanda noted that by 2020, the Internet of Things (IoT) would have connected four billion people and created a revenue opportunity of four trillion US Dollars with over 25 million Apps. She further disclosed that with 50 billion connected devices using up to 50 trillion Gigabytes of data monthly, IoT by 2020 will be the most sought after service.
Atanda enumerated some of the innovative technologies to revolve around IoT & Smart Home technology, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR), Machine Learning, Automation, Big Data and Physical & Digital integration.
While taking the students on step-by-step teaching of evolving and futuristic technologies, she charged them to develop an interest in anything that has to do with ICT in order to develop and stand a chance in the future. “Embrace technology, like it, use it”, she charged them.
Also speaking, Vodacom Nigeria’s Commercial Director, Solomon Ogufere noted that the facility visit was facilitated by his office and eBusiness Life to inspire the girls and that the whole idea is for them to want to do better. “As an organization, what is key to us is to encourage you to be the best that you can be, using technology as a platform to impact the world.”
In her message, Convener of the eBusiness Life International Girls in ICT event, and CEO of eBusiness Life Communication Limited, Ufuoma Emuophedaro thanked Vodacom for the opportunity afforded the girls to experience an ICT work environment, hoping that the girls will look back from the future and recognize that their world was partly shaped from the visit to Vodacom. She advised them: “No matter the career, you can use ICT. We want you to go further from here. Don’t let the dream die.”
The students were taken around the facility and introduced to the Server Room, the Network Operations Center, the transmission and Engine rooms so that they can have hands-on knowledge of the operations of the company.
International Girls’ in ICT Day is part of a global campaign to encourage young girls to delve into ICT as a profession and contribute their quota to the growth of the industry in Nigeria while also actualizing self-development. It is an initiative launched through ITU Resolution 70 with the idea of creating a global environment that will empower and encourage girls and young women to consider careers in the ﬁeld of information and communication technologies (ICTs).
In the past seven years, eBusiness Life had organized the event annually in Nigeria, gathering young girls from different schools, to educate and sensitize them on the opportunities inherent in a profession in ICT, and providing a platform for organizations to synergize on complementary ways to further the cause. Also, the girls had been made to go through hands-on training on various aspects of ICT and facility visits to ICT companies to get a first-hand experience of the intricacies of the ICT firms.
The event, held at Lagos Oriental Hotel on May 16, 2019, saw twelve schools participate in the Web Development and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Quiz competitions.