About us

Pearls Africa Foundation

Providing functional skills to young girls thus improving their quality of life.
Pearls Africa Foundation is a social enterprise that promotes the cause and advancement of young girls and women with more focus on vulnerable young girls living in under-served communities through training in technology, skill acquisitions, entrepreneurship, mentorship and Internship placements.

Pearls Africa has a community of young girls and women in ( STEM+) field – Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics, including ethics, leadership skills, self-empowerment/development, confidence, public speaking, self esteem which leads to economic independence.

Asides equipping young girls with functional skills, we believe that a girl should be trained from an early age while getting mentored by older women.
We also believe that every young, irrespective of background, should be given an equal opportunity as her male counterparts thereby bringing about gender equality and girl child empowerment.

We fight for girl empowerment so that young girls everywhere will be equipped with a voice with a chance to break forth in economic development.

Our Mission

Pearls Africa provides young girls and women an opportunity for a greater future through I.T training, Skills Acquisition, Internships and Mentorships.

Our Vision

Pearls Africa is dedicated to bringing about the reduction and complete elimination of violence, abuse, rape, gender inequality and poverty amongst young girls and women.

Our Philosophy

Pearls Africa believes in the value offered by young girls and women and thus each one deserves a chance to achieve her goals, find her voice and celebrate a life filled with achievements.We seek brilliance, focus on female strong points, produce well-rounded females/ladies and promote development and transformation.

THE TEAM

 

Abisoye Ajayi (Founder)

Abisoye Ajayi is a social impact entrepreneur and founder of Pearls Africa Foundation an NGO focused on promoting technological advancement of vulnerable women and girls.

She has over 12 years’ of experience in Information Technology Solutions. She is Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and an Oracle Database Administrator (OCDBA) amongst others.

Abisoye is a technology savvy, data analyst with a passionate heart for change and a strong will to make it happen.

She participated in the (IVLP) International Visitor Leadership Program in the USA, on education and activism for young women; In addition to this, she is a member of the United Nations Interagency Network on Youth Development (Youth4GenderEquality), the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, and is recognized as a leading woman in tech by Ynaija.

Jumoke Fajemirokun (Legal Consultant/Advocate)

Jumoke Fajemikorun was a Senior Associate with the energy, natural resources and infrastructure practice at ǼLEX, where she developed expertise in structuring, negotiating and documenting mineral resources joint ventures, acquisitions, public-private partnerships and other complex commercial transactions.

She also advised on regulatory issues relating to the development of major infrastructure projects and assisted government agencies to develop policies and legislation for the promotion of private participation in infrastructure development. She recently worked with the World Bank in Washington, D.C. as a Legal Consultant, focusing on anti- corruption and integrity compliance in public procurement, and had a brief stint with the International Finance Corporation.

Jumoke holds an LL.B. from the University of Lagos (2003) and an LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center (2012). She is licensed to practice law in Nigeria and the State of New York.

Tunji Ladner (Patron)

Mr. Lardner holds a Bachelor degree in Philosophy from the University of Lagos (1980). His international experience includes a long association with the United Nations system, serving in various capacities worldwide.

Building on his early media career in Nigeria, he has over the last two decades gathered wide international experience including serving as an Adjunct Professor, Centre for New Media at the Columbia University School of Journalism (1996-8) and as a Research Fellow, Freedom Forum Media Studies Centre (1992-3) also at Columbia University.

Mr. Lardner was also a Reuter Scholar/Knight Fellow with the Department of Communications at Stanford University (1988-9).

He is a published media scholar and communications consultant with academic work at both Stanford and Columbia Universities, U.S.A., and as a consultant he has practical experience designing and managing complex and multi-media communications and public policy projects for The World Bank and the United Nations.

He has served as a UN electoral staff observer and team leader, working to organize the historic 1994 South African Elections as well as a UN team leader in the monitoring of elections in Mozambique. He is the founder of WANGONeT.

Seun Akinfolarin(Director)

He is the CEO of Civic Hub Africa, has over 10years experience in developing software solutions for companies. He is a DFID consultant for the FOSTER project.

Lead Project implementation partner for a Georgia Tech University funded project in Nigeria for using low-tech systems for aggregating grassroots’ contribution on national issues.

I.T Project Manager of an OSIWA funded project to design open and pubic systems for easy reporting of corrupt practices, management of corrupt cases and identification of corrupt Patterns and systems.

Oluseun Onigbinde(Advisor)

Oluseun Onigbinde studied Electrical engineering in the University but a short career in banking was enough to reveal him to a unique opportunity to contribute positively towards his country’s development.

He left his banking job to co-find and focus on BudgIT, a creative start-up that aims to relate the Nigerian government’s annual budget and other public data in finer details to the citizenry.

Oluseun Onigbinde is a leading digital innovator in Nigeria and an advocate of the open data movement who works to foster greater transparency and better the understanding of government budgets.