Women of Softcom

Chloe Temenu

How would you describe the work you do at Softcom?
I joined Softcom about a month ago as a UI designer on Eyowo and it has been quite the journey. Simply put, my role at Softcom is to bring the Eyowo vision to life through design. I am helping to build a digital bridge between our brilliant customers’ needs and what the company has to offer.
What does choosing to challenge mean personally for you?

It’s not news that as a society there is still a long road to eradicating sexism and misogyny. This means that most Nigerian women, myself included, find themselves dealing with the very real impact of benevolent and hostile sexism on a daily basis. Choosing to challenge means not being afraid to speak up for myself and for other women, and facilitating conversations around these uncomfortable topics. It means keeping my head up and making my own little changes through education, through conversations, through expression, in hopes that something that we are doing will make life better and easier for the next generation of women.

What would access and inclusion look like for you in the Africa Softcom is trying to build?

Summarily, access and inclusion mean freedom from gender biases. An ideal Africa would be one where women have as much access to the tools they need to build financial wealth, career growth as their male counterparts, a place where girls are not only aware of all the opportunities in every industry that is available to them but are also encouraged to take advantage of these opportunities. I envision a world where access to digital tools will no longer be a barrier to great education and dreams, right from the grassroots level upwards.

How did you get into the tech environment?
While in university, I started working with a company that was very big on harnessing the power of tech to drive education. It was my experience there that pretty much exposed me to all the opportunities and freedom that a tech career had to offer.
What do you do for fun?
For fun, I like to learn new things. Right now, I’m learning how to do digital illustrations.
Tell us two truths about yourself and one lie.

– I love Frank Ocean.

– I hate avocados.

– I do music on the side 🙂