Dr. Dorothy Okello of Kampala, Uganda is Africa’s first-ever Digital Woman of the Year, an honor bestowed upon her at an Africa ICT Days gala ceremony for the Digital Woman Award finalists that took place on 16 November in Yaoundé, Cameroon. According to Award organisers, Dr. Okello distinguished herself among a vast and talented pool of candidates from across Africa for her work to increase participation of girls and women in digital sectors in Africa and around the world.
Dr. Okello holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University in Uganda, a Master of Electrical Engineering from Kansas University in the United States, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she received a Commonwealth scholarship. In May 2000, Dr. Okello founded WOUGNET (Women of Uganda Network) with several women’s organisations in Uganda. WOUGNET is an NGO whose purpose is to promote uptake of information and communication technologies (ICT) among women.
Dr Okello was one of four women nominated for the Digital Woman Award. Ghana’s Regina Agyare, Guinea’s Rainatu Sow, and Cameroon’s Rebecca Enonchong were also nominated for the first-ever African Digital Woman of the Year Award!
The awards were done with the support of Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the UN ITU. Digital Woman explains that the nominees were selected based on the following;
their background in digital studies and work, on the social, creative and leadership impact they each have as an individual, and their general suitability to be a digital ambassador for all of Africa.
Find our more about Regina Agyare’s Tech Needs Girls in Ghana in the current issue of GoWoman Magazine