US Consulate graduates a total 55 Nigerians from STEM Fields
Another group of 10 Nigerians has graduated from TechWomen mentorship program sponsored by the US Consulate, bringing to 55 the total number of beneficiaries since the course was launched nine years ago.
Ten mentees aged 18-30 were paired with 10 women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for six weeks. They shadowed their mentors at leading tech and STEM-related firms in Lagos, including Intel and Microsoft.
The mentees also attended capacity building workshops with their peers.
The TechWomen Alumni Association of Nigeria (TWAAN) held the closing ceremony at the U.S. Consulate on Victoria Island, Lagos.
Consul General Claire Pierangelo reiterated at the ceremony that America is committed to supporting the next generation of women leaders in STEM by connecting them with networks and opportunities to realise their tech dreams.
The event celebrated the graduation of the participants, who in turn shared their experiences and highlighted how the course helped them refine their skills and boosted their confidence to advance in their careers.
Pierangelo congratulated the young female STEM professionals on completing the mentorship program and highlighted the importance of expanding their networks in STEM fields.
She also encouraged them to pursue tech careers and ensure the sustainability of the mentor-mentee model in Nigeria.
“I am happy to see that our TechWomen Nigeria Alumni have taken steps to replicate their exchange experience by providing mentoring opportunities for young women in STEM in their local communities,” she said.
“The U.S. government is committed to advancing the rights and participation of women and girls in the STEM fields, by enabling them to reach their full potential in the tech industry.
It strengthens participants’ professional capacity, increases mutual understanding between key professionals, and expands young women’s interest in STEM careers by exposing them to female role models.
TechWomen began in 2013.
Since then 45 Nigerian women in STEM have participated in the unique six-week mentorship program to increase their specialised proficiencies, connect with valuable mentors, and build a professional network of like-minded women.
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Brother of a famous Nollywood actor, Uche Edochie, weighs in on the unending backlashes trailing Yul Edochie after taking a second wife.
It would be recalled that the marriage of Yul Edochie with the first wife had been through staggering points following the announcement of the second wife.
In a lengthy post via Instagram, Uche slammed society for worshipping lies than facing the truth.
He questioned which is better between a man marrying more than one wife legally or a man secretly cheating on his only wife.
“What is more admirable between honesty and deception? Most people will tell you that it is honesty and even proceed to quote a part of scripture that says, ‘The truth shall set you free’.
But none of this is true though. Society does not value honesty and the truth will only make you enemies. It doesn’t set you free. Not on this planet. If we all went around speaking our minds, we will either end up dead or in jail. We are encouraged to tell the truth but vilified when we do. Isn’t that something?
So we lie to our wives, husbands, parents, children and all of society. We lie to protect them because we know that they cannot handle the truth. That is why we lie.
The most controversial thing you can do today is not killing, cheating or stealing. Society does this everyday enmass. The most controversial thing you can do is to tell the truth. A lie is like a bottle of soda. It tastes good but it isn’t good for us.
Truth on the other hand is like quinine. The taste is horrible but healthy and curative. That is why we have adverts of your coca colas and pepsis plastered all over the world but not quinine. A lie simply tastes better.
And this my friends is why we celebrate cheaters and attack truth tellers. We consider it more respectable for a man to marry one wife and quietly cheat on her with multiple women than for him to marry two or more of these women, making his feelings for them official and respectable.
It seems to me that the issues we face in life are not because we are imperfect humans. We struggle as a society simply because we cannot handle the truth.”
In a follow-up video, Uche Edochie quizzed his fans on whether or not society should condemn a mistake or should the mistake be worked on.