In the words of the French idealist philosopher and palaeontologist, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, “the future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope.” This saying rings true for Miss Adetoun Akitoye, an alumna and staff of the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science of the University of Lagos, who has given hope to thirty (30) girls by facilitating a training on how to code for them.
The closing ceremony of the training programme, which was tagged, “Go Girl”, held on Friday, September 20, 2019, at the Centre for Information and Technology Systems (CITS), University of Lagos (UNILAG). Thirty (30) girls out of the sixty (60) initial enrolees graduated after a 6-week in-depth training on how to code from scratch.
Three of the top performers at the training were:
1st position 95% – Opeyemi Oluwalusi, 200-Level student of the
Department of Political Science, UNILAG.
2nd position 80% – Ruby Uche, 400-Level student of the
Department of English, UNILAG.
3rd position 77% – Tomiyin Mohammed, 400-Level student of the
Department of Physics, UNILAG.
The Director, Centre for Information and Technology Systems (CITS), UNILAG, Dr. Victor Odumuyiwa and the Founder of Teens Can Code, Isaac Damian Ezirim, supported the Go Girl Training Programme. Mr. Isaac Ezirim gifted one of the participants, Efe Akhigbe, 100-Level student of the Department of Botany, UNILAG, a brand new laptop for learning to code and developing a website using her mobile phone.
Miss Akitoye during an interview with the Communication Unit of the University, disclosed that she started her foundation, Mademoiselle Foundation, to give back to the community and empower girls who could not afford the cost of accessing unique sets of skills. She called on her fellow alumni to find a way to give back to the institution that made them and the country at large.