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This 17-Year-Old Girl Built A Website To Help Fishermen In Makoko
By Lamido Yusuf

The topic of sexism in tech is very widely discussed — in fact, it has given rise to many movements and organizations working to solve that problem. But, not as widely discussed? The topic of classism in tech. And with over 100 million Nigerians living below the poverty line, it's certainly a big issue.


Makoko, a slum in Lagos, Nigeria, is known as the world's largest "floating slum". Rickety shanty houses stand on stilts in the polluted water. The men of Makoko are typically fishermen, while the women of Makoko are usually traders, selling the fish caught by the men.


That's where 17-year-old Sharon grew up, the 11th child in her family. For girls like Sharon from underprivileged communities, their future usually entails getting married, having kids and carrying on the same business that their mothers did.


But Girls Coding, a six-year-old initiative of Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin’s Pearl Africa Foundation, is trying to teach them more, and level the playing field. The program is free and it seeks to educate — and excite — girls about computer programming


Sharon attended Abisoye's classes; and on completion, recognizing that her family was underpaid and at a disadvantage with the middle-men who retailed their fish, created a website named Makoko Fresh to bridge the gap between her family’s products and willing consumers.
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