The 2022 edition of the Women in Agile (WiA) Africa Conference 2022 is set to hold on 27th-29th January.
The three-day conference Themed: Uniting & Transforming Africa Across Agile will be hosted in French, Portuguese and English Language is dedicated to creating awareness, exploring innovative opportunities for Africans by advancing Agile values and principles, and creating a safe space for networking, developing new skills, sharing ideas, and flourishing together.
Also, it hopes to foster equality and inclusion in the agile community as well as create awareness and explore innovative opportunities for Africans by advancing Agile values and principles, and creating a safe space for networking and skills development.
Mercy George-Igbafe, the Convener of Women in Agile Africa Conference/founder of LEARNTOR, speaking about the upcoming conference said the goal of the conference is to open up the market to Africans so as to enable them plug into the opportunity that is out there.
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According to her, the WiA conference aims to bridge the digital gap especially for women in Africa.
“We want to amplify International Finance Corporation (IFC) 2019 reports that 230 million jobs in Sub-Saharan Africa would require digital skills by 2030,” she said.
“But there are not people skilled enough for the job. The UK government has opened up their borders. But do you know the kind of jobs that they are recruiting for, are people that have tech skills.
“So if you’re not tech savvy, you already have a challenge before you and that’s why women need agile. I am the convener for the women in Agile Africa conference. I’m on the board of women in Agile, and I’m the founder of Learntor. So it just aligned succinctly into what Learntor is about to bridge the digital skill gap in Africa, for especially women and encouraging young people to be part of it”.
Bisi Alimi, Business Analyst with LEARNTOR, also speaking on the at the press briefing said that the world is now in times where changes in technology around the world have demanded a lot of skills.
“A lot of us are engaging with technologies that we never used four, five years ago but literally now with technology something keeps on changing every year that was not available five years ago.
“Look at Uber, Airbnb who thought about that? It shows that technology is diversifying every day and it keeps on evolving every day. And as this technology evolves, if we as people do not have the capacity, we do not have the skill we cannot fit in.
“That means we’ll be playing catch up with the world as it is now in Africa. A lot of Africans are still not digitally savvy and that is why, like Mercy said there are rules that are springing up but because it’s massive, we’re not intelligent. It’s not like we’re not smart, or we have not. We are not equipped to the skills that will match the jobs that have been available” she added.
Also speaking at the press conference, Fred Amata, film-maker, an actor, director/ Scrum Master, called on Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Women in Agile Africa Conference.
He noted that with the ever evolving technology world, it has become pertinent for Nigerians to upskill their skills in line with current global trends in order to remain relevant and competitive, stressing that one can never be too old for education.
“The world that is emerging now, is a world that continues to go towards digital, which is built towards information technology space and the importance of it began to dawn on me when I enrolled for the training because right now there are over 60 million jobs available even on our phones through technology and you can upskill without minding your age because am close to 60 years and now am a master of scrum.”
Women in Agile Africa, has over 20,000 memberships with 70 local groups, but it is still growing in Africa.
The conference is free for all attendees but registration is compulsory. You can register HERE.