The Electrical Engineer & her agenda for Africa

Martha_WakoliPassion, tenacity and a force to be reckoned with. Three words that barely scratch the surface when talking about Martha Wakoli. An Electrical Engineering with Kenya Power and the co-editor of Queengineers, she is dedicated to being exceptional in her career in energy, as well as encouraging young girls to pursue technology. She is, also, at the forefront of being part of the dialogue on affairs affecting the youth through the online platform, Shaping African Conversations. Read more about this phenomenal woman. Continue reading

Why not Computer Science?

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A quick google search of women in computer science in Botswana will bring up the name of Dr. Audrey Masizana. She was the first woman with a Ph.D in Computer Science in Botswana, and is a pioneer in research as well. She is also the Head of Department of Computer Science at the University of Botswana. So why Computer Science? She answers this question in this interview.

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Mathematics is my life

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Mathematicians are not all nerds. They are skilled in solving ambiguous problems that we find in today’s world, and have some social skills to boot. Meet Ms. Thabang Ntume Seamolo, a mathematician, as she tells us how she is carving out a niche for herself as a Management Information Systems Analyst at the First National Bank of Botswana. Continue reading

Would the real black forest please stand up?

There are few things in this world as amazing as black forest cake. That melt in the mouth blending of chocolate and cream…heaven on a fork.

One of my brothers once enlisted my help in a survey to determine the best black forest cake in Nairobi. My best assignment to date. My duties involved sampling the cake of the day and giving a verdict. By the end of my task, I came to the conclusion that there were about four categories of cakes being sold as black forest cakes: horrible cakes that didn’t deserve the title ‘cake’, let alone the descriptor black forest; chocolate cakes masquerading as black forest cakes; ‘almost’ black forest cakes; and the real deal. What differentiated the cake categories was how much work had gone into them, and what would be required to transform them into the real deal. Continue reading

Of blue jobs, pink jobs and anything in between

I grew up knowing there were two categories of jobs- blue jobs and pink jobs. And you were good at one or the other. Rebel that I am, I somehow ended up lilac…somewhere in between. There are these stereotypes that accompany anyone who dares to spend any time thinking about anything. I find myself debunking some, ignoring others and (ooops!) confirming others. Continue reading

Bolts and Nuts: My take on Mechanical Engineering

As a young girl growing up, I was always fascinated by the things around me. When I looked at human beings, birds, airplanes, ships and cars, one question constantly plagued my mind, “How do they function the way they do?” Continue reading

Call for Contributors

AWSE has embarked on a journey to share  the experiences of the African Woman in STEM through this blog. As a great team of female scientists and mentors, we look forward to having you as part of our family.

Are you a female scientist or engineer from any part of the Africa and the world in general? Are you interested in mentoring young people through your experiences? You are invited to share your experience as a woman in STEM. It is our hope that through this blog, more girls will be encouraged to join STEM fields and aspire to be leaders in their fields.

If you are interested, kindly email us at info@aawse.org