IWD is Women Techmakers annual event campaign where our community hosts events all around the world during March and April in celebration of this moment. IWD is a time to host an event that creates connections, educate and inspire, and recognize that we still have a way to go to close the gender gap.
This year our theme celebrates all kinds of progress - big or small and the strength we demonstrate when we don't let fear hold us back from following our dreams.
We often set high standards and feel disappointed when we can't reach them - or worse, we don’t even try. When we let the idea of being perfect go, we allow ourselves the space and freedom to try new things, to make mistakes and to learn. Then, we see that all our experiences have made us who we are today. So, instead of striving for perfection, we strive for growth and discovery. Instead of being fixated on the destination we enjoy the Journey wherever it takes us to.
So when we celebrate #ProgressNotPerfection, we are celebrating all we have accomplished - big and small and our inner strength and resilience that allowed us to get there.
The event begins with a welcome speech, networking, special presentations. Then we have our keynote speaker, then a breakout session, Q & A
Director, Creative Xpressions International
Head, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Otuoke
Founder, USL Project
Front-End Developer/ Tech Advocate
Using Empathy To Drive Innovation
Ebidenyefa Tarila-Nikade is an award winning Broadcast Journalist, Administrator, Literacy Consultant, and a seasoned educator with teaching experience spanning over a decade. She started experimenting with teaching as a teenager doing home lessons for her siblings and neighbour's wards. She has taught the English Language in several capacities as a Secondary, Tertiary Teacher, and Home Tutor.
She holds a Bachelor degree and a Masters degree in English Studies from the Institute of Education, Ibadan (RSCOE) and the University of Port Harcourt respectively. She also has a PhD in English and Communication Art from the prestigious Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt. She is a certified Master of Ceremonies and Parenting/Teen Coach.
She is the author of "Vulnerable Chronicles"- a novel and "These Words Are Not Mine" - a poetry collection, as well as 14 Letters To My Lazy Lover which is her third book. She has published several journals and articles on both local and international platforms.
She is also the founder of Creative Xpressions International- a Media and Education Consulting firm and Organizers of Spelling Bee Bayelsa - the biggest Spelling Competition in the Niger Delta.
Dr. Oyintonyo Michael-Olomu, is from Amatolo, Southern Ijaw, Bayelsa State, Nigeria. She has her PhD in Industrial Sociology, 2018, from the University of Uyo Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria. Her M.Sc. in Sociology (Institutional Analysis) 2012, University of Port-Harcourt and her First Degree (B.Sc.) in Sociology, 2007 from Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island. Dr. Oyintonyo began her career as a teacher at the Word of Faith Group of Schools, Bayelsa State and Lutheran High School Obot-Idim, Akwa-Ibom, State in 2007 and 2009 respectively. She then worked at Federal Polytechnic Ekowe as an administrative staff 2010-2011. In 2012, Dr. Oyintonyo Michael- Olomu was employed as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, now Faculty of Social Sciences, Federal University Otuoke. She is an active scholar with several publication and contributory chapters in Books. Her publications are specialized on Industrial Psychology, Cultural dynamism, Personnel Management and Family Institutions. Dr. Oyintonyo Michael-Olomu, is a member of the International Sociological Association, Nigerian Sociological Society, Nigerian Anthropological & Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA) and Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). She is a Teen Mentor, a devoted Christian and an ordained worker in the body of Christ. She is the Assistant Director of the Michael Olomu Foundation, a Non-Profit that takes Medication to Rural Areas, she is the Chairperson Myrtle International School Association (MISA) a member of the Local Schools Board (LSB) Living Faith Church Swali, Yenagoa, all in Bayelsa State. She is a member of the Value adding Personality (VAP) a teen mentorship association in Nigeria. She is the founder of Niger Delta University, Sociology Alumni Association. Dr Oyintonyo Michael-Olomu is a diligent and dogged worker, an upright and optimistic academic who has served and is serving in several University Faculty and Departmental Committees. She has grown in the rank and file in academic amongst which earned her the appointment as first Female Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and currently the Head, Department of Sociology & Anthropology. Dr. Oyintonyo Michael-Olomu is happily married and blessed with children.
Glorious Wilberforce, also known as GreatGlorious, is an inspiring young leader from Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. She graduated from the Niger Delta University with an Bachelor's degree in English and Literary Studies.
A young lady in her twenties, passionate about youth (Females) capacity building and development.
A writer (articles, poetry, short stories and novel), a soon to be author and writer of the year youth category 2021 av-awards nominee.
She currently works at the public relations Department with the Bayelsa State Council for Arts and Culture.
Served in various lead roles and capacities both social and religious positions. A significant office she held in 2018 was the position of the south-south 1 sector director of the Christian fellowship international (CFI) as the first female to sit in such position from the sector. Presently serving as the assistant coordinator YALI Network Bayelsa Chapter (An initiative of the US department of state to impact young leaders in society).
She has spent the last four years learning everything there is to know about advocacy and currently the convener of the USL (uniqueness and self love) project, an advocacy project for females housing over 300 ladies.
A keen volunteer in different impact projects in and outside Bayelsa and serving currently as volunteer content creator and graphic designer Global Reach Girls platform (A community that teaches, inspires and empowers women).
Indeed, you’ll discover her passion in her story/teaching and hopefully, you can catch some fresh inspiration too.
Diseyi Philomena is a Front-End Developer, Technical Writer and Poet. She currently works at AgroMall as a Front-End Developer where she is part of the team digitizing the Agricultural value chain and helping smallholder farmers in gaining access to various types of support, including financial and technical assistance.
Diseyi also shares her in-depth knowledge of front end development with her fellow community of developers, engineers and tech enthusiasts on the HashNode platform.
She also writes and publishes a thriving Medium blog called "Dear Future Husband; letter to my dearly beloved" where she shares her relatable episodic thoughts on life, love, friendship, empathy, and more with a futuristic fictitious partner and her community of readers.