Great news for Women in Tech all over the world! Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza, a 25-year-old woman in tech was presented with the Future Awards Africa Prize In Technology. Yehuza has always been passionate about technology and how society can apply it to improve development in Ghana and across the African continent. She currently works as a software engineer at VOTO Mobile which provides a platform to amplify the voice of the under-heard and under-represented via a mobile phone notification and survey platform.
Rasheeda has instructed and mentored at several Tech Needs Girls events and has spoken at youth and girl education camps across Ghana to help raise awareness for females in Information Technology. Other nominees for this award category were Nigeria’s Joshua Ihejiamaizu (23), Abiola Olaniran (26), South Africa’s Duran De Villiers (30) and 27-year-old Arthur Zang from Cameroon.
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25-year-old Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza is passionate about technology and how society can apply it to improve development in Ghana and Africa-at-large. Yehuza currently works as a software engineer at VOTO Mobile, which provides a platform to amplify the voice of the under-heard and under-represented via a mobile phone notification and survey platform.
In 2013, Rasheeda founded Nasara Tech Ltd, a technology-focused company that creates solutions to problems identified in local communities, and accordingly can be applied worldwide. She has led and managed the development of Nasara Tech’s two in-house products, Nasara Mobile and The Nasara Voting System, as well as custom application projects for specific client needs. With her keen knowledge of technology and programming, she has also built computer games such as Buju Hunt and Sphere Attack and has developed desktop applications, including the snapso shutdown manager and web browser as freeware which can be found on Softpedia.
Rasheeda is very passionate about youth development and as a result, is an active member and organizer of the GhanaThink Foundation programs; Barcamp Kumasi and ‘Kumasi Konnect’, both of which bring together young Ghanaians to learn about the issues that affect them, generate ideas for development, network and partner with others who have similar interests to improve or create businesses and projects.
As part of her commitment to social entrepreneurship, Rasheeda co-founded Tech Needs Girls Ghana, an interactive workshop for girls in Ghana. The workshop involves a hands-on session where girls learn to develop mobile and web applications, interact with software that teaches them more about STEM, and provides mentoring for female technologists. Rasheeda has instructed and mentored at several Tech Needs Girls events and has spoken at youth and girl education camps around Ghana to help raise the awareness for females in information technology. With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ford Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, The Canadian Embassy, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.