Today’s woman crush #womeninspire is none other than Ghanaian social entrepreneur, software developer and founder of Soronko Solutions, Regina Honu.
Regina is a quintessential tech giant transforming Ghana’s tech industry. I remember watching her on KSM’s TGIF show years back and wondering how empowered of a woman she is.
Regina founded Soronko Solutions in 2012 at a time when the tech industry was still gaining grounds in Ghana. With a laptop in hand and her idea in mind, Regina sought to use technology to drive human potential by developing innovative technology solutions across different channels such as Web, Mobile, POS and ATM to help Small and Medium Scale Enterprises in Ghana.
What started as an idea soon grew into a software development powerhouse, and Regina’s natural proclivity to inspire led her to use profits from her company to set up Soronko Foundation. At Soronko Foundation, Regina took many initiatives to promote technology driven solutions. One of such initiatives was Growing STEM, where she provided electronic gadgets to children in rural Ghana to enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Regina continued to inspire. A year later, she started Tech Needs Girls to mentor women and girls to lead and innovate by learning to code.
What stood out for me about Regina was how passionate she was about women and girls. In fact, this passion led her to establish Soronko Academy, the first coding and human-centered design school in West Africa, and in association with the Tech Needs Girls programme, she has trained over 3,500 girls in Ghana and Burkina Faso.
In 2018, she partnered Autism Ambassadors of Ghana to introduce an Autism Aid App for families of children living with Autism to access information from autism care experts.
She recently launched a business solution centre for young women ages 17-25 as part of the Soronko Rotary Girl Coding Project, for ladies who want to learn coding and digital skills and connect them to job opportunities.
Her exploits have garnered public attention so much that she was named by CNN as one of the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM. She was recently named on the list of 50 African Digital Champions for 2020 by African Digital Festival.
Regina has bagged several awards and was named as one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and had the honour of meeting Barack and Michelle Obama.
Today I celebrate you, Regina! Thank you for driving the technology narrative and making sure that women and girls are not left out of the conversation! Thank you for developing the next generation of women in technology! Thank you for enhancing women with the right technological skills! Thank you for charting your own path and being a voice and an inspiration to women! Thank you! Thank you for being a woman who inspires! #womeninspire #womancrushwednesday