Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, founder of Pearls Africa Foundation’s has been named one of CNN’s 10 Heroes of 2018!
She is one of 10 people around the entire world who will receive $10,000 in support of their heroic endeavours. One of the 10 will be chosen as the “CNN Hero of the Year,” and will receive the sum of $100,000.
This is what CNN had to say about her:
Her cause:
Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin left her career to teach computer programming to girls in Lagos, Nigeria where Facebook and Google opened offices earlier this year. A 2013 survey found that less than 8% of Nigerian women are employed in professional, managerial or technology jobs. Ajayi-Akinfolarin hopes to change that statistic.
Who she’s helped:
Since 2012, her group — Pearls Africa Foundation — has helped more than 400 disadvantaged girls ages 10 to 17 gain the technical skills and confidence they need to transform their lives. Through the foundation’s free GirlsCoding program, girls get training in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and Scratch and visit tech companies to help them visualize themselves joining the industry. Many come from slums or other challenging circumstances, such as orphanages, correctional homes and even a camp for those who’ve had to flee Boko Haram militants.
She says:
“Technology is a space that’s dominated by men. Why should we leave that to guys?”
The “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” will air live on Sunday, December 9, where Ajayi-Akinfolarin, along with the other 9 heroes, will be celebrated.

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