Deborah Gyambrah a recent graduate at the Kumasi Hive Miss.Africa Digital sponsored training speaks to us about her experience learning programming and coding.

Give a general experience with Miss.Africa Digital sponsored, Kumasi Hive training & how your digital skills were enhanced. What was most challenging?

I had always wanted to acquire digital skills after my SHS education as it is the main thing in our generation. The opportunity never presented itself and I had to wait for the right time. The right time came a few weeks after I enrolled in KNUST in my first semester as a first year student. I saw a flyer announcing the Miss Africa supported Kumasi Hive training for ladies in a WhatsApp group and there and then without thinking twice about it, registered.

I had next to zero idea about what the training would entail and coding in general but the urge and determination to learn pulled me through the training and equipped me with digital skills to be proud of.

How did the training enhance your perceptions of the involvement of Women in Technology?

Before the training, I didn’t know much about Women in Technology. However, I got to know of so many women who also had interest in the field and were even doing bigger things in Technology. It inspired me to give out my best and realized that I as a woman could also excel in Technology.

Do you see opportunities for your future from the training?

Yes of course. As at now, aside knowledge in my field of study at school, I can boast of digital skills which I’m able to even apply to my field of study. With this, I see my future career more interesting and easier. They also make me stand out in my field.

Give us a professional instance during the training that remains a landmark in your career profession.

Through the training, I was privileged to acquire other soft skills such as public speaking and confidence. I also learnt problem identification and solving techniques and the design thinking process which are very important in any career choice especially my own. I was also awarded a certificate to serve as a testimonial of my training.

Outline your take on the future of women technology in Africa?

I see the future of Women in Technology in Africa and the world as a whole to be very bright. Lots of young ladies are gradually unlearning that technology is for men so are venturing into the field. This field is so interesting so I would like to urge those who have not overcome that barrier yet to “step up and break the barricade”. There’s enough room for all of us!

Miss.Africa Voices is a regular online journal that presents women in tech experiences, opinions and observations. These stories come from DotConnectAfrica Internship Alumni and other Women who are leading the tech-preneurship fronts in their own ecosystems. The Miss.Africa Voices also serves to encourage more girls & women to get involved in STEM careers through our Miss.Africa Digital Program.