Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a computer programmer who lost her mom at the age of 4 and learned to fend for herself by the age of 10 has been named one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2018
CNN Heroes is a television special created by CNN to honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions to humanitarian aid and make a difference in their communities. The program was started in 2007. Nominees are introduced during the fall of each year and the audience is encouraged to vote online for the CNN Hero of the Year. During the broadcast celebrating their achievements, the honorees are introduced by celebrities who actively support their charity work.
Who is Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin?
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin is a Nigerian women’s rights activist and the founder of Pearls Africa Foundation under which she champions “Girls Coding”, a free program that seeks to educate and excite young girls in under-served areas about computer programming.
She was born in Akure, the capital city of Ondo State in Nigeria. She attended the Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) and later attended the University of Lagos where she received a BSc in Business Administration.
It’s the vision of Ajayi-Akinfolarin, who left a successful career to dedicate herself to this work. She’d noticed how few women worked in this growing field — a 2013 government survey found that less than 8% of Nigerian women were employed in professional, managerial or technology jobs. She wanted to fix the gender gap.
Since 2012, Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s program has helped over 400 disadvantaged girls ages 10 – 17 to gain the technician skills and confidence to transform their lives.
Ajayi-Akinfolarin is indeed an inspiration. She exemplifies the fact that fulfillment mostly comes from putting the needs of others ahead of one’s needs and also that “service comes before appreciation”
On Sunday, December 9, 2018, each of CNN hero will receive a $10,000 cash prize during a live TV event that will be beamed around the world. One of the 10 will be named “CNN Hero of the Year,” and will receive an additional $100,000 for his or her cause. Here’s a link to vote for this remarkable woman who is truly making a difference.
Onpoint Success wishes her much success in all her endeavors.
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