My name is Odunayo Eweniyi, and I’m the Co-founder & COO of Piggybank.ng, Nigeria. I previously co-founded pushcv.com. I have over 5 years experience in Business Analysis and Operations and I’m a First Class graduate of Computer Engineering from Covenant University, Nigeria.
Why did you get into STEM?
I got into STEM because I’ve always been passionate about using technology to solve life’s issues. I come from Nigeria, and we have so many social and economic issues, and it has always been a dream of mine to use tech to fix our issues.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
My greatest achievements will be all the startups I’ve cofounded – Piggybank.ng and PushCV.com. Whether it was a success or a failure, I believe I got the rare opportunity to explore building up a company.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
There’s a lot of sexism and discrimination in tech. There’s also the unnecessary cultural expectations that come with just being a woman. Those factors combined have a discouraging effect on any woman. But I’ve overcome it, luckily I have to add, by just remaining laser-focused on where I want to be. I’m headed somewhere and I plan to get there. Nothing will stop me.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
Don’t stop pushing. Don’t stop working and, as cliché as this may sound, be yourself. You can only overcome external biases after overcoming the internal ones.