Who runs African digital media and tech? Girls…or women, apparently.
Proof: the largest blogs in Nigeria (Linda Ikeji’s Blog & Bella Naija), Nigeria’s fastest-growing online video channel (Ndani TV) and recently, a refreshing TV station (Ebony Life TV) on DSTv; the biggest provider of broadband connectivity in Nigeria, with more than half of total marketshare; at the helm of and in leading positions at some of the most prominent technology and media companies in Nigeria and Africa (Google Nigeria, MainOne), including the most influential public position in Nigerian ICT, are women.
As African content and technology comes of age, women are right there in the vanguard, breaking the mold, pushing the envelope. But in our still male-dominated soceity, the narrative is yet to catch up to the the true role that women play, and the legacy that the next generation — girls — must inherit and surpass.
That is why TechCabal is partnering with Girl Hub to host CODE RED — a private event for African women in media and tech (and those who love them), will convene trailblazers in media and tech for the purpose of galvanising an ecosystem that is both women and girl-friendly.
Ensuring that African women and girls continue to participate in media and technology is critical for Africa’s success in the global tech and innovation arena. This is why we need everyone – including men – to invest in African women and adolescent girls as both producers and creators of media and tech.
Is your interest piqued yet? CODE RED takes place on the 19th of February. It is a private event, and spaces are limited. Request an invite or nominate someone to attend. Visit the Eventbrite to see who else is going.