Years in Tech
CEO, Future Software Resources Ltd. (Futuresoft)
Futuresoft is a full service digital agency & IT Solutions company, providing a broad range of business solutions for the scaling African enterprise, to consistently attract and retain its target audience.
14th December 2018
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho is a seasoned serial entrepreneur who has been in business for close to 10 years. She started her entrepreneurial path in 2008 and has been able to turn her first venture Future Software Resources Ltd. into one of Nigeria’s leading IT Service companies. As one of a few Nigerian women in the industry, Mrs Begho’s successes are founded on a passion for driving innovative thinking, building a globally recognised technology brand and setting trends in the Nigerian Technology space.
What experiences led you to technology and how did you develop the skills to compete in the industry?
My dad Mr Chris Uwaje who is a seasoned IT professional has always been a huge influence in my life. Because of him I was always surrounded by the newest technology and encouraged to use it. At 16, we hired a programming teacher for I and my sister, which further deepened my love for technology.
I went on to study Bioinformatics at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich Germany.
While I was studying I worked as a programmer at the Max Planck institute for Psychiatric research as well as at Affects Pharmaceuticals, which helped me apply what I was learning at university.
How has your background helped/differentiated you in the tech industry?
Being the daughter of Chris Uwaje, a well known IT professional has its pros and cons. While my dad’s name helped open many doors, his shoes are also big shoes to fill. Which meant that I had to prove myself through hard work, dedication and the spirit of excellence.
Furthermore being a woman in a male dominated field also means that you have to work twice as hard as your male counterparts and ensure that your technical knowledge sound and is always up to date.
What advice would you give to women considering a career in technology? What do you wish you had known?
I would probably give them 5 key phrases to focus on:
1. Pay attention to detail
2. Know your market
3. Give yourself an edge to stand out from the crowd
4. Capitalize on being a woman
5. Learn, learn, learn – learn every day.