Regina Honu | Soronko Solutions
Each morning when I wake up I say a prayer and I say today I am going to change my world. Living in a developing world there are many challenges and I draw inspiration from my passion to see change. I want the African continent to be a leader in innovation and technological advancement. I want to change the single story of war, famine, disease and poverty. I want women and girls to be empowered to reach their full potential. I draw my inspiration from life.
As a woman in tech and a software developer, I have found that even though technology is a male dominated field there is a lot of opportunity for women to advance in that space. I believe that we need the female perspective in the technology that is being created. It can get really lonely being in a male dominated field. Unfortunately I have had to face discrimination and sexism. I grew from those experiences and it made me stronger. I was recently unveiled as the Vlisco Brand Ambassador and I get to also defy stereotypes that women in science and technology cannot be stylish and fashionable.
"I want the African continent to be a leader in innovation and technological advancement. I want to change the single story of war, famine, disease and poverty."
In my time in the industry I have learnt that you have to build a credible brand and be a master in your chosen career. I have also learnt that failure is a learning and humbling moment. You grow from those experiences to be really good at what you do. A great leader is not one that has never failed but one that was able to rise up after a fall. I have also learnt that is important to impact the next generation of women and girls. With our Tech Needs Girls Program we are empowering girls aged 6-18 to lead and innovate by learning to code.
I have to overcome many obstacles some due to my gender. I was passed on a job promotion once because the organization felt that that the head of a technology department could not be a young female. I made sure that my work spoke for me. So before you met me and could give me the instant shocked reaction, you would have heard about the amazing software I had built.
The best career advice I ever received was to find a career that I was passionate about and I would never have to work a day in my life. I love what I do and each day I look for new ways to do it better.
My advice to others would be to be passionate about whatever career you have chosen. Things may get difficult but consider those moments as an opportunity to discover who you really are. Love what you do and you will soon see that you will be fulfilled in your career aspiration.