FOUNDERS OF AKIRACHIX – INSPIRING GIRLS TO PURSUE CAREERS IN ICT

When you have world leaders streaming through your doors to learn more about your work then you know you are doing a great job. AkiraChix is inspiring and instilling confidence in young women to pursue careers and entrepreneurship opportunities in the male-dominated ICT sector through their training programs.

Visits by important dignitaries such as the UN Secretary General and President Uhuru Kenyatta and sharing the stage with President Barack Obama at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit is clear validation that AkiraChix is taking seriously the all-important work of creating the next generation of Kenyan women ICT innovators.

Every year AkiraChix recruits 30 young women mainly from low income areas and inserts them into a year-long intensive program that hones their programming, design and  entrepreneurship skills. With this wholesome approach to training, these young women are well prepared not only for employment but also pursuing entrepreneurship opportunities and therefore increasing the chances of improving their financial position.

In addition to their training programs, AkiraChix also runs high school, community and kids outreach programs.

AkiraChix was founded by Marie Githinji, Angela O. Lungati, Judith Owigar and Linda Kamau. They have been widely recognized together and individually for their work at AkiraChix. Read more about the founders on Akirachix’s official website.

Learn more about AkiraChix from the video below or by visiting them at their website or on their Facebook page.


Hear Marie speak about AkiraChix,


Hear Judith participate in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit alongside Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Barack Obama.


Linda speaks about her work at AkiraChix


Hear Angela talk more about AkiraChix

Photo By Willowbl00 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons