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5 African Women Who Choose to Challenge STEM

This year’s Women’s Day seems like the perfect time to spotlight women challenging the status quo in STEM. A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day.

This year’s international women’s day is #ChoosetoChallenge, we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge. Looking for women mentors to inspire your work and encourage you? Here are five women who choose to challenge Science, Technology, engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Dr. Adeola Olubamiji


@DrOlubamiji is a Nigerian in the STEM field who chose to challenge the status quo of women in the manufacturing (3D Print) additive industry. She is the first black person to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the 112-year-old University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She’s a Director of additive manufacturing and founder of STEMHub Foundation. On her social media pages, Adeola shares opportunities, words of encouragement and gives advice. 

Charlette Desire N’Guessan

Charlette Desire N’Guessan is Ivorian, co-founder of BACE Group. She is the 1st woman to win the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for innovation. She’s an AI expert, book author, ML enthusiast & certified digital Identity. Meet Charlette @dezye1623

Dr. Fadji Maina

Dr. Fadji Maina is a 🇳🇪Nigerien Earth scientist at the @NASA. She studies the potential effects of drought in the African Sahel region, advocating for girl education and family planning, increase in agricultural production & local security. Meet Dr. Fadji @Yafadj

Merieme Chadid

Merieme Chadid is a 🇲🇦Moroccan-🇫🇷 astronomer & explorer. She leads international polar scientific programs and is considered the 1st astronomer in the world to have been committed to installing a large astronomical observatory in Antarctica. @meriemechadid

Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca is a Cameroonian 🇨🇲, founder, and CEO of AppsTech. She is also cofounder of I/O Spaces, an inclusive coworking space. She is Board Chair of Afrilabs, a Pan-African innovation network supporting over 1 million 🌍 entrepreneurs. Meet Rebecca @africatechie

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