Oreoluwa Somolu is Executive Director of the Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a non-profit based in Nigeria working to encourage Nigerian women to use technology to empower themselves socially and economically.
W.TEC’s work is carried out through projects, which build technology skills among women, technology literacy workshops, research, career counseling and mentoring. Notable among these is the Girls Technology Camp, which seeks to help girls develop an early interest in computers and other information and communication technology.
Oreoluwa worked for several years in the United States at an educational non-for-profit organisation on a number of projects, which explored the interplay between gender and technology and which sought to attract more girls and women to study and work in science and technology-related fields. She managed an oil and gas career awareness program for secondary school and higher education students in Nigeria prior to setting-up W.TEC.
She has a Bachelors degree in Economics from Essex University, U.K., a Masters degree in Analysis, Design and Management of Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Certificate in Applied Sciences from the Harvard University Extension School. Her interests are the applications of technology in improving lifelong learning and raising the economic and social conditions of people (especially women and children) in the developing world.
Oreoluwa’s published work include ‘Networking for Success’ (i4d: Information for Development, July - September 2009, Vol. 7:7), ‘Telling Our Own Stories: African Women Blogging for Social Change’ (Gender & Development Journal, Nov 2007) and ‘Making the Most of On-line Learning: An Introduction to Learning on the Internet’ (Education Development Center, 2004).
She is a recipient of the Anita Borg Change Agent Award for her commitment to issues of women in computing in Nigeria.