Ms. Shirley Amorkor Amarteifio a recent graduate at the Kumasi Hive Miss.Africa Digital sponsored training speaks to us about her experience in learning graphic design

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

The Miss. Africa programme was exceptionally educative as we got exposed to certain stuffs that was hard to come by in our normal classroom settings. I learnt how to design using Photoshop and the basic tips and rules in the design field. Now, I am well equipped to advertise products and am thinking of starting a business out of it. However, during the programme there were challenges with the commands in Photoshop as they were quite new to me. The times scheduled for our meeting was also not favourable.

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

I have come to realise that technology is not too complicated, as many say and for women especially. They only have to avail themselves and learn the skills.

Do you see opportunities for your future from the training?

A lot. As stated early on, I have been inspired to start a business and further upgrade on the skills acquired from this training.

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

During the training, I came to believe in myself more and my confidence was enhanced. This was much felt in the presentations we made during our final work.

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

I believe we are heading towards a direction where women would not only be heard in kitchen places but whenever tech-giants gather round the table, at least we should find some women there. Everyone is a problem solver and as individuals we have come to accept that technology does it faster.

Miss.Africa Voices is a regular 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.