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11 February: Messages from Young Women

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Following the 2015 United Nation’s resolution A/RES/70/212, every 11 February is set aside to recognize the low representation of women and girls in science as well as the missed opportunity for economies as a result of this.

The International Day of Women and Girls in Science is used to advocate for a more equal representation and participation of women and men, girls and boys in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, training and research activities at all levels.  11 February is also used to showcase the remarkable work females have accomplished in this male-dominated field when given the platform to.

In line with this objective, PUTTRU Technologies is dedicating this day to the brave young women who participated in our Youth Challenge entitled #Whatwouldyoudo. Specifically, we are sharing their inspiring and empowering messages to other young people as well as a look into what motivates them.

11 February: Messages from Young Women

As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), PUTTRU is actively involved in promoting an energy just transition in Africa, especially one that empowers young Africans by giving them a voice and stage to apply their innate ingenuity.  

In our #Whatwouldyoudo challenge, we asked African youths to see themselves as the decision-makers in their countries and to describe to the world what solutions would be necessary to address the energy crises in their respective countries. This challenge was framed in this manner because at PUTTRU we see the African youth as the future, and helping them make better decisions today will shape what our future would look like tomorrow as it concerns sustainable energy.

Our profiling of these three young women is to encourage other young women to take bold steps to be heard, because their ideas matter and should be shared.

Hear from these young women what motivated them to participate in the competition, what it means to them and, lastly, their message to other young people looking at leaving their marks in the energy sector.


11 February: Messages from Young Women

Idiongoabasi Martin Udo

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION?

As an energy professional I am actively seeking opportunities to contribute to the energy sector. I saw this challenge as an opportunity to share my opinion on how to tackle the energy challenges in Nigeria and promote energy efficiency as a means to optimizing our energy resources. A wide-spread adoption of energy efficiency technologies and practices is one that we should collectively promote, beginning from our homes to our office spaces and wherever we find ourselves. I am passionate about promoting clean and green energy in line with SDG 7 and 13: Clean and Affordable Energy and Climate Action. And I am driving this through energy literacy programs.

PUTTRU Technologies’ ability to recognize the huge untapped energy market in Africa and seek to bridge the gap by linking investors to investments opportunities in the energy sector is a motivator. They are setting a record by what they do, their involvement in solving the energy challenge in Nigeria and in the African continent as a whole. The interest of PUTTRU Technologies in ensuring the youths see the huge untapped energy market, recognize the energy challenges and contribute to solving it, shows that PUTTRU is looking out for the future. 

WHAT DOES THIS COMPETITION MEAN TO YOU?

This competition is an opportunity to be heard in the energy sector and as a female in the energy space it is a boost to my confidence and this is only the starting point.

I have gotten to learn more about what PUTTRU Technologies is all about and it is an opportunity I will leverage to disrupt the energy space in Nigeria and Africa.

I am grateful to PUTTRU Technologies for putting out this rewarding opportunity.

WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR?

To every young person working to be recognised in the energy sector my message is: know the problem in your chosen niche of the energy sector, proffer the necessary solutions from where you are, keep the focus, be consistent and never stop telling your success stories. Do not let imposter syndrome dim your light.


11 February: Messages from Young Women

Ogochukwu Okeke

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION?

The energy sector is one I’m very passionate about and every opportunity to speak about it and contribute to making the sector better was a welcome opportunity to me. 

I was also motivated by the fact that I had an opportunity to voice solutions that could affect an actual positive change, because I was speaking to an organisation working directly in the African energy space. 

The money incentive also motivated me. What is better than participating in a competition on a topic you’re really passionate about and getting a lot of rewards from it? 

WHAT DOES THIS COMPETITION MEAN TO YOU?

The competition presented an amazing opportunity to put myself out there and share my knowledge on a sector I want to build a career and make a lasting impact in. 

I am extremely grateful to PUTTRU Technologies for putting together this opportunity.

WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR?

Read extensively; that is the only way you will get to learn about the energy sector and understand the intricacies better. Seek mentors, write articles and papers to contribute to discussions in the sector. Engage in peer discussions; it is one of the fastest ways to learn and share ideas that could shape the sector. Attend conferences and webinars, listen to professionals speak. Participate in competitions such as this, that challenge you to air your views, and finally be intentional about how you want to contribute to the sector and work on it. 


11 February: Messages from Young Women

Adams Amirat Tinuola

WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION?

My motivation towards this competition was the fact that the energy sector is a field I really did not have much knowledge on. I saw it as an opportunity to push myself further and gain more knowledge on what the energy sector is all about. My fellow competitors made the experience worthwhile.

WHAT DOES THIS COMPETITION MEAN TO YOU?

This competition means a lot to me because it not only is the first time that I would be partaking in a competition as official as this, but because it helped me work more on my competitiveness and also enabled me to contribute my opinion to an issue that is as important as this. The platform given to me was really golden and prestigious. It isn’t one I would ever forget.

WHAT’S YOUR MESSAGE TO YOUNG PEOPLE WORKING TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THE ENERGY SECTOR?

My message to every youth out there working to be recognized in the energy sector is that they should keep persevering and never stop speaking until their voices are heard. Do not keep that idea or opinion to yourself when you have the opportunity to say it out loud. It might just be what we need to hear. A hint is to search around you and find that one thing we are doing wrong or that one thing we aren’t doing at all.

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