10 Nigerian Women Emerge as Finalists for Microsoft’s LEAP Program


Sequel to its training program which took place back in June, 10 female participants have been selected for Microsoft’s LEAP program.

The June training which consisted of a two-day intensive classroom work, a two-day hackathon and the final day for presentation of their solutions saw the women emerge as finalists.

The next phase of the training will span four months. During the course of the training, the selected participants will be taught project management and software development.

For the first four weeks, the participants will undergo a classroom training to expose them to software support engineering. After the classroom comes a hands-on industry experience where they will work on real life projects at partner organisations.

Consistently, Microsoft has been discovering ways to build up human capital in Africa. Recently, the company and the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) concluded a coding camp for interested youths in Nigeria.

In addition to making software development learning opportunities available to anyone who needs it, Microsoft’s training programs want to equip young people with confidence to pursue careers in tech.

Akin Banuso, country manager for Microsoft Nigeria here reiterates the company’s commitment to growing the economy while building the country’s human capital.

“We believe that contributing to human capital development, empowering the youth, and creating opportunities for individuals and organisations will cultivate an environment that allows for growth of the knowledge-based economy,”

Akin Banuso, Country Manager at Microsoft in Nigeria,

With recent layoffs of developers from tech companies like Andela, an opportunity like this that comes with an employment package is good for the economy and the tech ecosystem.

Investing in the continent’s human capital is certainly the right way to building a better Africa.

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