CHIOMA CHIMA, BRINGING TO THE FORE AND CHANGING THE NARRATIVE OF WOMEN ICT BUSINESS OWNERS

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In our society, the women who break down barriers are those who ignore limits”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Looking at quote, one would understand that in a society that has the notion of women playing at the “other room” and background , one must always congratulate and commend the works of women making impact in the corporate world especially the Information and communication space. Having this in mind, Chioma Chima, the founder of the Oliver Cloud Solutions Nigeria has demonstrated sagacity and dexterity in the way she manages one of the most formidable ICT firms with the recent recognition by the by Association of Professional Woman Engineers of Nigeria.

The Entire Management and Staff of Olivet Cloud Solutions Nigeria Limited Congratulated Engr Chioma Chima on the conferment of award of recognition for her significant contributions towards the growth of Information Technology in the professional Industry by Association of Professional Woman Engineers of Nigeria.

Like most country of the world, women are underrepresented in Nigerian ICT space , with few women taking interest in STEM subjects and ICT. Chioma has been seen as a role models for women all over tbe country. Chioma and few other women in the ICT space has over the time demonstrated not only to Nigerian women , but to African women today, that the role of women has changed and that women can be very much in tune with management of a company and also home.

For sure we have some big challenges to face. Only 30 percent of people working in the information and communication (ICT) sector are women. Women are under-represented at all levels in the ICT sector, especially in decision-making positions. With much emphasis, women can be encouraged to be in ICT sector , using Chioma and others as a reference point. With this , the low level of Representation can be bridged and sexism reduced.

Notwithstanding, in being women and in having a somewhat different perspective from men, the businesses of successful female tech entrepreneurs tend to innovative. Their projects might not necessarily be flashy or sexy, but tend to offer practical solutions for real life problems, and thus very lucrative.

Although the way girls/women  have been socialised, as girls, can be a millstone around their necks, women also tend to be more careful and responsible. but with more sensitisation by Association of Professional Woman Engineers of Nigeria, who knows? In future we would have more Chiomas and Funke Opekes in the ICT ecosystem which has been foreseen as the biggest driver of the economy in years to come ,displacing oil and gas.

Changing that narrative, The Association of Professional Women Engineer of Nigeria APWEN was formed by a handful of women engineers led by Engr. (Mrs.) J. O. Maduka in 1982 and was formally inaugurated in 1983. It was originally meant to be a pressure group since most men hiring engineers then would rather have women in the kitchen and not on construction sites.

Bridging the gap of gender representation in ICT, the Olivet Cloud Solutions Nigeria Limited is a leading Sage X3 ERP, Sage 300 ERP (Accpac) and Sage CRM solution provider in the Nigeria. Based in Lagos, Olivet Cloud Solutions Nigeria Limited is a Sage partner with vision is to deliver innovative, tailored information technology solutions and services that contributes to the customer’s success.

 

 

Anthony Emeka Nwosu

 

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