Codehub Africa launches in Ibadan to take digital skills to the hinterland

Onyinye Okonkwo
“I wanted to make digital skills common to everyone and make it as affordable as possible here in Ibadan” – Damilola Oluwatunmise

Codehub Africa, founders of Code School Africa, has officially opened its first physical-digital learning hub on June 28 in Ibadan, Oyo.

The event had in attendance representatives from the US Consulate General Lagos, Jennifer-Foltz, the Deputy Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General Lagos, Austin Emeanua, YALI/MWF Co-ordinator and Dr Yemisi Adeyeye, President of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Alumnae Association and founder Lifefount Hospital.

From the Codehub Africa founder

Damilola Oluwatunmise said that having a physical code hub in Ibadan is a vision that she has always nursed and seeing it come to fruition was a testament to the fact that with faith, perseverance, and hard work, you can achieve your dreams.

I wanted to make digital skills common to everyone and make it as affordable as possible here in Ibadan. We initially kicked off teaching online but the truth is we quickly realised that while that was great, a physical learning hub was not only better but necessary as it made learning easier for most people. This realisation is what eventually led to this moment.

Damilola Oluwatunmise
Codehub Africa
Jennifer Foltz, he Deputy Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, Codehub Africa founder; Damilola Olawatunmise and Dr Yemisi Adeyeye, President of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Alumnae Association.

On challenges, Damilola Oluwatunmise says, “starting this hub was not an easy venture, from finding an appropriate location to dealing with agents and then artisans who can be very unreliable, it was a lot.

“I had to become the contractor, supervisor, anything necessary to get the work done but I am thankful all that hard work paid off and today we have this hub, I must give credit to the intensive training in financial management, business management and many more that received from the Academy for Women Entrepreneur program sponsored by the US consulate General which I was a part of in 2021. The skills and training I received from the academy adequately prepared me for this journey.”

Giving her remarks, Jenny Foltz, the Deputy Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate General, Lagos, commended Olawatunmise for deciding to give back to her community by making digital skills available and affordable in Ibadan.

I am really proud of Damilola and must commend her for doing this here, after the investment of the US consulate through the AWE program, she could have been charging a lot of money to teach these skills but she decided to give back in her way and I must commend her for that. The highpoint for me today has been hearing from the student about how these skills they have picked up here has impacted them, and I look forward to hearing more success stories from these students carrying out such a noble project.

Jenny Holtz

Present at the event were facilitators, former students and current students of the school who gave excellent feedback on the skills they have picked up at the school, including how it has impacted their lives.

Sharing her experience, a former student said finding Code School Africa and learning several digital skills enabled her to secure a fully remote job as a Data Analyst with a tech company in Florida.

The facilitators encouraged both present and incoming students to be dedicated to learning and put in the required work to achieve their goals.


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