Aisha Amoka is a Computer Science Graduate of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and works with the Federal Ministry of Communications Abuja, Nigeria as a Systems Analyst and girls in STEM advocate in Northern Nigeria. As the National Coordinator for Women in STEM Brainiacs and also the founder of MAKIFA Network (Matan Arewa a Kimiyya da Fasaha) which in Hausa literally translates to STEM, aims to bring STEM to the northern region of Nigeria which is starved demographically from the advances in Science and Technology. So far, these networks have created impressions on young girls in Northern Nigeria and working assiduously to expand to States.
Why did you get into STEM?
I have always liked mathematics when I was younger, of course with the assistance of my dad who was really good in mathematics I got to excel in primary school, had a scholarship to my junior secondary school with mathematics and so on. Well, it was only befitting to join STEM with the aim to be a doctor actually. I later went on to study Computer Science which I’m really glad I did, as It has given me an opportunity to excel, explore and relate to real-world activities.
The fact I’m a role model to lots of young ladies, this is my greatest achievement. I want to believe I have shown northern Nigerian ladies that women can be programmers and still be a ladies in every sense of fashion. STEM can be practiced by anyone, tailored to fit with your lifestyle and most importantly be good at it.
Challenges faced as a woman in stem and how to overcome them
As a young woman in STEM I was always being cornered into proving I was good at what I do, at school, work or even with mates. This has made me double my efforts at whatever I strive to do, no matter how little. I research a lot and try to fit in whatever I learn into my daily activities, thus helping me learn very fast.
Advice to budding women in STEM
As a young lady interested in STEM, you have to work really hard.