“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.“
– Isaac Newton

Our

Mentors

At Data Science Nigeria, we believe that African development can be accelerated through world-class capacity building and talent development in the emerging data/digital revolution.
We have also recognized that mentorship and experiential learning can fast-track assimilation and application of learning in high-intensity fields like Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Advanced Analytics.
This relational learning principle is also relevant for datapreneurs who require guidance and hand-holding support for sustained growth.
This is why we are promoting learning via mentorship through our #MentorAfricanDataScientists.

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Uyi(O.T.)

Stewart

Uyi (O.T) Stewart has two decades experience in strategy and execution, the design of interactive systems (speech, IVR, web, multimodal, natural language processing…

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Ngozi

Dozie

Ngozi Dozie is an experience data scientist with core background in the banking sector…

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Johnson

Iyilade Ph.D

Johnson Iyilade is a trained Computer Scientist and Software Engineer with specialties in Data Science..


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Dr Olufemi

Oyenuga

An Expert Information management Data Analytics specialist responsible for delivering value add BI Analytics solutions that POWER Global performance…

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IyinOluwa

Aboyeji

IyinOluwa Aboyeji is the Co-founder & Managing Director at Flutterwave. He is an impact entrepreneur who is passionate about building the future of Africa…

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Oluseun

Onigbinde

Oluseun Onigbinde attended the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta where he obtained a bachelor of engineering…

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Dr Arinze

Akutekwe

Dr Arinze Akutekwe is a passionate Data Scientist with experience in big data mining, modelling and visualization. He has a strong technical and interpersonal skills…


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Dr Samuel

Durugo

Samuel is a thorough Data Scientist. He has excellent research and strong problem-solving skills. He is analytical and has a great business acumen…

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Humphrey

Obie

Humphrey is a data enthusiast who’s passionate about using Machine Learning and Visualisation techniques to extract meaningful insights from large datasets…

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Babatunde

Olorisade

Babatunde Olorisade is Machine Learning Doctoral Researcher and a thought leader with vast experience in the field of data science…

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Damilola

Ojo

Damilola Ojo is a seasoned Business Intelligence, Data Analytics Strategy and Professional Services Consultant with over 11 years of experience working across multiple geographies…

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Wale

Akinfaderin, PhD

Wale Akinfaderin is a Physicist and Data Scientist with almost a decade experience in interdisciplinary scientific research…


Be our Mentor

Why we need you to be our mentor?


Data Science Nigeria #MentorAfricanDataScientists programme

At Data Science Nigeria, we believe that African development can be accelerated through world-class capacity building and talent development in the emerging data/digital revolution.

We have also recognised that mentorship and experiential learning can fast-track assimilation and application of learning in high-intensity fields like Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Advanced Analytics.

We are therefore seeking for world-class professional data science practitioners, either in the industry or in the academic community to mentor young Nigerians via regular emails and tele-chats via a tracked mentoring programme.

This requires volunteer mentors to invest at least 60 minutes in 30 days to coach, guide and inspire aspiring local data scientists. This will complement our local bootcamps, regular Kaggle competitions and project exposure as part of our goal to raise 100,000 data experts in 10 years.


What is in it for our mentors?

  • Being part of a transforming altruistic initiative for the development of Africa
  • Access to a large pool of budding African data scientists for project outsourcing
  • All mentors are showcased and celebrated on our website as true knowledge champions.
  • All mentors will be recommended for local data science projects, where offshore freelancers are required on an on-demand basis
  • Our mentors can partner with their mentees who has got a commercially viable idea to develop a mutually beneficial data products for local and/or international markets.

Who is the ideal mentee that will be recommended for your mentoring?

  • Young and passionate data science/big data enthusiast early starters and low-to-middle career intermediate data professionals
  • Have shown commitment through participation in all local DSN Kaggle competitions, collective capacity building via MOOC studies with proof of above-average scores or have specific data product that requires professional fine-tuning and commercial go-to-market.

What is the ideal profile of our mentors?

  • Academic or Professional Experience as a Data Scientist or Executive leadership in a data science company or a Data Science product innovator/entrepreneur or go-to-market expert
  • Academic or professional mentors, must have hands-on experience in R, Python or any of the established data science Toolkit
  • Able to explain data science related concepts
  • Experience with Kaggle, GitHub etc.
  • A passion for sharing best practices
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Contagious enthusiasm for development and sharing your knowledge
  • Any previous training or teaching experience or one-on-one mentorship.

Our mentors are people who genuinely love to see others grow and want to share their expertise and experience with some highly-motivated students and fellow mentors from around the globe!

Our mentors run flexible schedule with their mentees. They work remotely and set their own hours.

If you are inspired to help us, please fill the form below and we shall get back to you with a link to the mentoring/coaching platform, mentorship accountability framework and a list of potential mentees/profiles.


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