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Open Data Champion Nkechi Okwuone  of Code for Nigeria is our #BellaNaijaWCW this Week!



Our #BellaNaijaWCW this week Nkechi Okwuone Coker is one who’s passionate about using technology to benefit the underserved communities in Nigeria.

Nkechi is the Country Manager (Nigeria), for Code for Africa, a network of indigenous civic technology and open data laboratories, with affiliate members in 10 African countries and funded projects in a further 12 countries.

She manages the Code for Nigeria teams whose open data lab works with a range of investigative media, government agencies and watchdog NGOs, building civic engagement and forensic data solutions.

Prior to joining Code for Africa, Nkechi worked at Microsoft Nigeria as the Community Manager for Microsoft Philanthropies managing philanthropic activities for the tech giant including data collection and analysis of the geo-political landscape relating to the development and civil society sectors.

Nkechi worked for the Edo State government before her time at Microsoft, spearheading the establishment of Nigeria’s first open government portal for the state government.

She is a founding member of SabiHub collective in Benin City, Edo state which supports young people using tech to tackle developmental challenges.

Nkechi is a 2015 School of Data Fellow, a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, a World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shaper, a government change agent with Open Data Institute’s Open Data Leader’s Network (ODLN).

She is also a Data Champion with Harvard University’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) initiative.

Nkechi holds a Bachelors degree (Electrical Engineering) from the University of Port Harcourt and is studying for a masters degree in Information Systems Management at the University of Salford, Manchester.

Nkechi is passionate about using technology to solve social problems and we’re rooting for her.


  1. Olorunosebi

    April 1, 2019 at 10:02 am

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  2. Olorunosebi

    April 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

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