VFD Microfinance Bank successfully upskill 1,000 Women across 28 States


Vbank sponsored the first Vbank Women in Tech Nigeria Makeathon to upskill over 1,000 women and girls across 28 states who were eager to learn relevant tech skills to set a strong foundation for a future-proof career, in keeping with the brand’s promise to accelerate people faster towards their goals.

Deep tech, Digital marketing, Data analytics, Cybersecurity, product management, software programming, and soft skills were all skills these women were equipped with.

By closing the gender skills gap and encouraging more women to use technology, the alliance also intends to combat the plague of unemployment.

The Makeathon initiative’s 1,000+ first-time recipients took part in a four-month free, capacity-building digital literacy course that ran from March 2022 through to June 2022.

They had the necessary technical skills to develop their tech competencies and make a contribution to the expansion of Nigeria’s tech sector.

Beyond equipping girls and women between the ages of 18 and 45 with the necessary digital skills, the Makeathon program also looks for internship possibilities for them at top tech companies in Nigeria and overseas. More than ten major tech companies around the world have so far committed to providing some of the beneficiaries, who graduated last week, with internship chances to hone their talents.

Gbenga Omolokun, the Managing Director, VFD Microfinance Bank (VBank)

Commenting at the graduation ceremony, Gbenga Omolokun, the Managing Director, VFD Microfinance Bank (VBank), said; “We are proud of the graduands and how far they have come to be here today. We are pleased to be associated with an initiative that is committed to helping thousands of women and girls build flourishing careers in tech while simultaneously bridging skills and economic gender gaps in society. It is inspiring to have women with zero tech skills come into the space to learn and showcase their talents. We are committed to this initiative and will continue to do this to help more women achieve their tech goals.”

Also speaking during the graduation ceremony, Ayumi Moore, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Women in Tech Global, said; “These women whom we are celebrating today have been equipped with digital skills they can deploy across sectors. We are proud to have contributed to helping 1,000 women gain employable skills they can use to drive the growth of the tech ecosystem.”

Expressing her fulfillment at the completion of her Cybersecurity program, Grace Emmanuel who was hacked multiple times over two years where she lost her savings said, “In January 2022, I told a friend that I was going into tech, but I wasn’t sure what career path I wanted. Getting into the Makeathon program was a dream come true as I learned so much about information security, networking, web applications, the fundamentals, and levels of cyber protection. The learning was impactful, and I am grateful for this opportunity.”

Another beneficiary, Okosun Elizabeth who got training in Software Programming said; “When I got the opportunity to learn Software Programming, I was super excited because programming was a course, I wanted to learn but couldn’t get the opportunity. At first, I thought I wouldn’t understand the whole magic behind coding but when classes started, coding became a walk in the park. Thank you, Vbank and Women in Tech Nigeria for this wonderful opportunity.”


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