Obinna Ukwuani, a Nigerian man of the Igbo tribe has been appointed as Chief Digital Officer for the Bank of Kigali, Rwanda. He will lead the Bank’s Digital Factory Division for product innovation and development.
This was made known by the bank in a statement on Rwandan Media, Tuesday Morning.
Obinna Ukwuani grew up in Washington DC, graduating with honours in High School that earned him a place at MIT, which later saw him decline a six-figure paycheck in the United States and returned to Nigeria to develop Nigeria’s digital skills industry.
He has a degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked in software, agriculture processing, and education.
Ukwuani, a former executive at Paystack, created NESA by Makers, a Lagos-based skill center that trained people on web development.
He also founded Exposure Robotics Academy in 2011 where STEM programs were taught to secondary school pupils.
The academy coached 113 students in 17 states across Nigeria between 2011 and 2014.
In Rwanda, he launched the Makers Robotics Academy in 2018. The first robotics Bootcamp in the East African nation, a programme linking Secondary school students in Rwanda with coaching from MIT robotics students.
In his new position, which took effect from June, he is expected to lead the Digital Factory Division for product development for the bank, according to BusinessDay reports.
Recall that another Nigerian man of the Igbo tribe, Kaycee Madu, was recently appointed Justice Minister and Solicitor-General of Alberta, a province in Canada.
Madu was raised in South-East Nigeria, graduated from the University of Lagos with a law degree in 2001, and practiced law in the country before immigrating to Canada in 2005 with his wife.
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