A letter to an almost 10-year old Lucy Quist, from Lucy

QuistLucy Quist is the first Ghanaian woman to lead a multi-national telecommunications company, Airtel Ghana. She is also an Electrical and Electronics Engineer with outstanding credentials. She is dedicated to mentoring young professionals in Africa through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with initiatives like #EvolveWithSTEM and the Executive Women’s Network. Here is her letter to her 10 year old self.**


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Nuclear Science is not all about bombs!

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Nuclear Science never crossed Pamella Kageliza‘s mind as an area she would have enjoyed. A fortunate accident led her to her current passion. She is currently the Chair of Kenya Generation of Youth in Nuclear, as well as a tutorial fellow in the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Kenya. And as she says, Nuclear science is not all about bombs! Continue reading

There is so much more to science

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Ruth Tiyembe is a Biochemistry student at the University of Botswana. She is passionate about the “out of the box” thinking that the sciences have to offer, and the breadth of career choices possible. She shares her take on sciences. 


How did you come to love science?
Coincidentally, I always wanted to do law while in high school. 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

I am a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering

ditiroWhat does it take to become a lecturer in electrical engineering? And what does this career choice involve? Find below my interview with a lecturer in Electrical Engineering, who is passionate about engineering, teaching and mentorship, Dr. Ditiro Setlhaolo. She is also a consultant in demand side energy management.


Question: Electrical engineering, how did you gain interest in this area?
Ditiro: This question takes me back. I grew up with interest in technical stuff, though at the time, I didn’t know whether it was electrical or mechanical engineering. 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