Women of Softcom

Uloma Nwoke

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

Results drive me. Having a great idea and seeing it come to life through thorough execution is so satisfying. There’s also something amazing about the creative sync that I have with my team, and being open to learning, teaching and giving feedback makes everything just easier.

When you picture a gender-equal world, what do you see?

Social, economic and political equality. Heavy on the political equality because we need women in decision-making postions to create a world that is truly gender-equal. Women do about $11 trillion worth of unpaid work every year and I would love to see a world where men pull their weight and women’s labour is truly valued.

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

A redesigned system where everyone regardless of their identity is given equal opportunity to express themselves and their strengths. This would also mean creating a barrier-free society for women—and people—living with disabilities who are often neglected in conversations about inclusivity and access. And we can only achieve this when women attain their full economic and political potential.

How did you get into the tech environment?

Before tech I worked in media, then comms. I had a lot of opportunities to get into the tech space but they weren’t really what I wanted so I didn’t take them. But when the call came to join Softcom, it just felt right, and I took it. So far, so good.

What do you do for fun?

I read. I love reading. I love knowing just about anything, so I read a lot. I write too. And sometimes when my club is not playing, I watch football. Music keeps me alive so I breathe it for fun. Importantly, taking out time to bond with my friends and family means a lot to me, and I try to get as much fun and memories as I can while I’m still here.

Tell two truths about yourself and one lie.

I don’t drink. I drive. I once sprained my knee playing touch rugby.