As part of its vision to get one million fingers coding by 2017, Aiki Nigeria stepped up its training on coding and entrepreneurship with a master class which took place last weekend at the Microsoft office in Lagos. Aiki Nigeria and its development partners have, since inception, reached over 60,000 youth in training and mentorship sessions (online and offline) such as entrepreneurship, basic ICT, human resources and more. The online portal, which aggregates opportunities and provides mentorship, maintains high-level partnerships with international e-learning platforms like Allison, Udemy, and Jobberman.

Technology has played a role in raising income and driving employment opportunities in developing countries, and there is a huge demand for IT programmers in a rapidly growing economy.

“In line with Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, Microsoft aims to enable entrepreneurs take ideas to market by providing the right tools and mentorship,” said Sola Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria. “In our journey to create a sustainable ecosystem of cloud driven SMEs, we are making a long-term commitment to seeing youth-owned companies using technology to do business better, scale more quickly, create value, and grow the economy.”

The ‘Code2Earn’ workshop has gone across several states in Nigeria up skilling and developing youth.

Sponsored by Microsoft and The Future Project, some of the course participants learnt were: Mobile App Development for Business, Mobile Store Management, Mobile Marketing, Introduction to Microsoft 365 amongst others.

Aiki Nigeria is a national platform for youth in Nigeria to access relevant services for employability and entrepreneurship, including career planning, online courses, support for entrepreneurs, open job vacancies and information about relevant on-the ground activities and youth centres. The organisation is committed to helping youth realise their potential and are constantly working on expanding Aiki’s offering by partnering with the best players in all sector of our emerging economy.