Women of Softcom

Damilola Majekodunmi

How would you describe the work you do at Softcom? And what are you most proud of?

I’m an Interface Developer here at Softcom. Basically, I get to transform beautiful designs into responsive, user-friendly, and highly functional web templates. I’d say what I do is significant as it speaks for Softcom’s brand and is also far-reaching. Far-reaching because it’s the first point of contact users get to see while accessing Softcom’s products. It creates a first impression, and the first impression they say matters.

 

A proud moment I remember was some time last year when the lockdown had just started. Schools were having trouble integrating online learning, and I had recently joined Softcom’s Koya team. I was having a conversation with my sister about what I was working on at the time and she said “you’re working on that? My school uses that platform”. I felt so happy and proud to be part of something so effective. It was a remarkable moment, and it showed me how what I do impacts many people.

What does choosing to challenge mean personally for you?

Choosing to challenge for me means breaking through the stereotypes and barriers that society has built for women. Gender equality is still a major issue globally, and women remain measurably underrepresented in the tech industry.

 

I choose to challenge by offsetting a balance in this space with the work I do and by creating pathways to help other women along the way. I choose to challenge a system that thinks it’s okay to abuse or belittle women and their capabilities by promoting women’s rights and creating a safe space where their voices matter.

What would access and inclusion look like for you in the Africa Softcom is trying to build?
I envision an Africa powered by Softcom and its products. Where a large percentage of Africans, regardless of their social standing, background, age or gender, will have access to solutions that not only make life easier for them, but adds value as well.
How did you get into the tech environment?

I always wanted to be a Doctor. And even when I couldn’t get into university to study medicine, I promised myself that I would pursue a second degree after completing my first degree in Information Technology.

 

I had just finished a class one afternoon in my third year when I saw my friend working on his laptop. I had no idea what he was doing, but it had piqued my curiosity, and so I asked him. He talked me through what he was working on and even offered to mentor me and share some tutorials with me. In my fourth year, I was confident enough with the fundamentals to apply for a job as a Frontend Developer Intern, and I was hired. That was the beginning of my career as a developer, and slowly my dreams to become a Doctor faded.

What do you do for fun?
I like going out with friends, trying new restaurants or doing some fun activity. I also enjoy cooking and baking.
Tell us two truths about yourself and one lie.

– I almost got kidnapped in high school.

– I have a habit of reading lists from bottom to top.

– When I was little, I wouldn’t eat without my mum being there.