Read the latest inspiring stories of our STEM Women of the Week.

STEM WOW is a project by Nsesa Foundation to tell the stories of young inspirational African women on the continent and in the diaspora who are rocking it in the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

From January 2018, we have been sharing the stories of such women with 2.5 million people across the world on our website and social media pages.

We hope to inspire the next generation of female African Innovators, Scientists, Engineers and STEM educators with these powerful stories.


Meet El-Hayil Puplampu, Master of Science student in Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at University of Colorado, Denver

El-Hayil Puplampu is a first-year master’s student at the University of Colorado Denver, studying bioengineering. She studied biomedical engineering for her undergraduate degree at the University of Ghana. She has worked with GREMKAY-Innovate Ghana as a peer mentor and social media management and with Coders Who Travel. She enjoys helping people and seeing the development of products that drive growth and development generally. Read More

Meet Amanda Obidike, Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa

Amanda Obidike is a Certified professional in STEM by the Open University (United Kingdom) and Executive Director of The Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Innovation Makers of Africa (STEMi Makers Africa) where she created sustainable and implementable projects in underserved communities across 17 Sub-Saharan African countries. The goal is to prepare the next generation of Africans with STEM emerging opportunities to become experienced for Africa's workforce by 2030. Read More

Meet Dr Dephney Mathebula, Senior Lecturer at the University of Venda, South Africa

Dr Mathebula was born at Muyexe Village in Giyani (South Africa). She had her basic education at Muyexe Primary School and Hatlani Muyexe High School. She is currently working at the University of Venda (UNIVEN) as a Senior Lecturer and supervises a number of postgraduate students. Dr Mathebula holds a BSc degree in Mathematics and Statistics (UNIVEN), BSc Hons in Mathematics (UNIVEN), BSc Hons in Biomathematics (Stellenbosch University), MSc in Biomathematics (Stellenbosch University) and PhD in Mathematics (UNIVEN). Read More

Meet Dr Nabila Ahmed Rufa’L, Lecturer in Electrical Engineering at Bayero University Kano, Nigeria

Dr Rufa’I was born in September 1987 in the ancient city of Kano in North-western Nigeria. She completed her primary and secondary education in Kano before proceeding to Bayero University Kano for her undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduation, she was employed as a Technical consultant on Renewable Energy Systems in a private company in Nigeria. She later enrolled in a Master’s program in Electrical Engineering and Renewable Energy Systems at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, where she graduated with distinction. Dr Nabila Ahmed Rufa’I graduated from the same University with a PhD in Electronic and Electrical Engineering in 2019. Read More

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