More than 1,500 women from Nigeria will get the chance to improve their tech know-how in order to better their professional lives, thanks to a new effort by the Youth for Technology Foundation.


The program, which is supported by MasterCard, hopes to specifically target female entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta region of the country.

“We are keen on harnessing the power of technology to transform the lives of disadvantaged people and communities in developing countries,” Njideka Harry, the executive director of the Youth for Technology Foundation, told

The foundation will also work with the Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs organization to provide “practical tools that will bring transformation to their businesses and by extension enhance their lives as well,” she said.

Efforts are underway to expand and encourage burgeoning entrepreneurial communities in other parts of Africa as well.

Erik Hersman, the founder of business incubator iHub, told Entrepreneur that he hopes the successful model of his startup will serve as a model that other nations throughout the continent will modify and implement.

The initiative offered to women in Nigeria will educate its participants through a 10-hour training program, which will be completed both online and in a classroom. In addition, those involved will receive SMS messages full of helpful information, including money management and leadership advise.

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