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Mastercard, JAN Hold First Girls4Tech Programme in Nigeria



Mastercard JAN Hold First Girls4Tech™ Programme in Nigeria, SiliconNigeria

As part of Mastercard’s on-going commitment to connect women in Africa to the possibilities and opportunities that will enable them to make a living, follow their passions, and contribute to our collective prosperity, Mastercard has rolled out its first digital Girls4Tech Connect programme in partnership with Junior Achievers Nigeria.

Launched in 2014, Girls4Tech offers activities and a curriculum built on global science and math standards. It incorporates Mastercard’s deep expertise in technology and innovation, enabling students to discover a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers such as fraud detective, data scientist and software engineer.

Starting as a hands-on, in-person session run by employee volunteers, the programme has expanded to cover topics such as artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, with enhanced access to its STEM curriculum through a digital learning experience – Girls4Tech Connect – as the COVID-19 pandemic led to a global surge in online learning.

“We’re incredibly proud of the strides that we are making with Girls4Tech Connect, in Sub Sahara Africa. The success of the programme in Nigeria last year, indicates that there is a strong need for this kind of intervention, where our future female leaders are given the opportunity to be exposed to new STEM  career possibilities,” says Ifeoma Dozie, Director, Marketing and Communications, Mastercard Sub-Saharan Africa.

In partnership with Junior Achievers Nigeria, the Girls4Tech Connect programme, hosted as a webinar, took place on 11th, 18th and 25th of March 2021.

As part of the programme course work, participants gained valuable insight on the various STEM career opportunities in area’s such as algorithms, digital convergence, and encryption, all of which are buzz words in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Speaking on the partnership, the Executive Director, JA Nigeria, said “Girl empowerment is extremely important to us at JA Nigeria. In addition to the leadership and development programs we run aimed at empowering the girl child, we believe our girls should be equipped with technology skills and encouraged to pursue careers in STEM.

Women on average earn 25-40% less than men who do the same job and makeup only about 22% of the Engineering and Technology University graduates each year. The combination of women earning less than men and the low rate of women in STEM leaves girls highly disadvantaged. Since it is clear that the future of work is filled with jobs that require digital and technical skills, it is very critical to reach girls at an early age so that they are empowered to have a successful future”.

Girls4Tech has already reached more than 1 million girls in 32 countries. Mastercard has committed to reaching 5 million girls globally by 2025. The award-winning programme is available in 14 languages.

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UK-based Career Masterclass Enters Nigerian Talent Market



UK-based Career Masterclass Enters Nigerian Talent Market, SiliconNigeria

UK based Career Masterclass – which has carved a place for itself in the careers market for democratisation of opportunities – enters the Nigerian market to offer quality career advice and training to established and aspiring professionals.

It has already worked with leading companies including Google Africa and AG Leventis in Nigeria.

Career Masterclass helps create a level playing field within the corporate world by arming middle level professionals with the right tools to help them to break the glass ceiling.

It has worked with leading multinationals including Amazon, Deutsche Bank, Google and Visa in the UK, Nigeria, the US and Canada. Career Masterclass programmes are targeted at both companies and individuals.

The Nigerian entity will offer a range of training programmes and tools including access to masterclasses from leading experts, content and resources and customised talent development programmes. It will also help connect with mentors and offer valuable insight on how to achieve your career goals.

Speaking about opening its office in Nigeria, Bukola Adisa, the founder of Career Masterclass, who hails from Nigeria said, Nigeria is an important market for us. We are a global platform but most of our users are from the UK, followed by Nigeria and the US. We also have substantial following in Canada and India. Having run career development programmes for leading multinationals in Nigeria and given the amount of interest we garnered, I believe it was time for us to launch our Nigerian entity.”

The most popular training programmes in Nigeria are: Cracking the confidence code, the art of negotiation and navigating organisational politics.

Speaking about her passion for democratisation of opportunities in the corporate world, Bukola, who hails from Nigeria, said, I am both an immigrant and a woman and I have managed to break the glass ceiling to be the highest ranking Black professional in a leading international bank. I can do it and so can others. We, at Career Masterclass, want to share our insight, knowledge and experience so that others, like us, can benefit from it.”

Launched as a UK based entity in 2015, Career Masterclass has an international outreach via its global platform. It holds both in-person training sessions for leading organisations and online events. The company has grown from strength to strength and plans to launch its crowdfunding later this month. 

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CBBL Elevates Biyi Fashoyin To Deputy Managing Director.



CBBL Elevates Biyi Fashoyin To Deputy Managing Director., SiliconNigeria

Foremost ICT company, Chips, Bits and Bytes has announced the elevation of its former chief marketing officer, Adebiyi Fashoyin to the position of deputy managing director.
The 35 year old company made the statement in a letter communicated and signed by the MD/CEO, Tunji Ola.

The company expressed satisfaction to Mr Fashoyin’s commitment and result oriented services he has brought in within  five years as chief marketing officer.According to Tunji Ola, Fashoyin will no doubt help to reposition the company,as numero uno in virtual learning and alternative power solutions provider.

Biyi Fashoyin, a graduate of English and Literary Studies of Ekiti State University,Ado-Ekiti is a veteran broadcast journalist and former president of the Joint Action Committee on ICT Awareness and Development.He was group chief marketing officer,Omatek Computers Plc and formerly general manager, Mobile Knowledge Solutions,Lagos.Biyi is happily married with Children. A member of Nigerian Internet Registration Association, Nigeria Internet Group and many others, he loves wrestling and football

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New Horizons Nigeria, Staff Win EC-Council Circle of Excellence Awards



New Horizons Nigeria Staff Win EC-Council Circle of Excellence Awards, SiliconNigeria

New Horizons System Solutions Limited (Nigeria), a member of the world largest private computer training institute, and one of its staff have been announced as the winners of the 2020 EC-Council Circle of Excellence Awards.

EC-Council is a leading international certification body in information security and e-business. New Horizons Nigeria won the award alongside side Torque Technical Computer Training PVT Limited in the Africa category.

In the instructor’s category, Mr. Patrick Asamago, Technical, Quality Assurance, New Horizons System Solutions Limited (Nigeria) emerged the winner of 2020 EC-Council Instructor (CEI) Circle of Excellence Award in Africa alongside Aziz Magdy and Mohamed Elsayed Mohamed Abdelgani.

The Instructor of the Year category is designed to honour the instructors who guide students to deeper understanding and enhanced skills. 

The EC-Council Global Awards programme recognizes the ongoing commitment of Accredited Training Centres (ATCs) and Certified EC-Council Instructors that have contributed significantly to the information security community by providing leading information security certification programs.

Awardees were recognized in different categories regionally and globally. Some of the categories include ATC of the Year, the category designed to recognize the training centres most successful in providing top-level information security training programmes. 

Commenting on the Awards, the Managing Director and Chief Executive officer, New Horizons System Solutions Limited (Nigeria), Mr. Tim Akano, said, “The EC-Council award bestowed on New Horizons Nigeria bears eloquent testimony to the quality of cyber security training New Horizons Nigeria delivers to our numerous customers.

“Fifteen years ago, New Horizons Nigeria introduced EC-Council to the Nigeria market and since then we have remained consistently the number one cyber security training institution in Nigeria. It is also instructive that our Instructor, Patrick Asamago was awarded the best instructor by EC-Council. This is why organisations that desire excellent security for their network in Nigeria choose New Horizons Nigeria as their first choice to train their staff

We are happy that amazing things keep happening between New Horizons Nigeria and EC-Council for the past 15 years. We equally use this medium to appreciate our clients for the trust in our training delivery over the years,” Akano added.

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