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



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.




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




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



Iyilade Ph.D

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


Dr Olufemi


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




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




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


Dr Arinze


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…


Dr Samuel


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




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




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




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



Akinfaderin, PhD

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

Be our Mentor

Data Science Nigeria #MentorAfricanDataScientists programme

Why we need you to be our mentor?

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

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

We are seeking 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 programme requires the volunteer mentors to invest at least 60 minutes within 30 days to coach, guide and inspire aspiring local data scientists. This will complement our local bootcamps, regular Kaggle competitions, and student exposure to projects as part of our goal to train 100,000 data experts in 10 years.

Why be a mentor?

  • You will be part of a transforming altruistic initiative helping to develop Africa.
  • You will have access to a large pool of budding African data scientists for project outsourcing.
  • You will be showcased and celebrated on our website as a true knowledge champion.
  • Mentors will be recommended for local data science projects in which offshore freelancers are required on an on-demand basis.
  • Our mentors can partner with their mentees who have a commercially viable idea to develop mutually beneficial data products for local and/or international markets.

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

  • A young and passionate data science/big data enthusiast, early starter, and new-to-middle career (intermediate) data professionals
  • Has shown commitment through participation in all local DSN Kaggle competitions, collective capacity building via MOOC studies with proof of above-average scores, or has a specific data product that requires professional fine-tuning and commercial go-to-market.

What is the ideal profile of our mentors?

  • You have academic or professional experience as a data scientist, executive-level leadership in a data science company, or are a data science product innovator/entrepreneur or go-to-market expert.
  • Academic and professional mentors must have hands-on experience in R, Python or any of the established data science toolkits.
  • You are able to explain data science-related concepts.
  • You have experience with Kaggle, GitHub, etc.
  • You have a passion for sharing industry best practices.
  • You have excellent communication skills.
  • You have a contagious enthusiasm for development and sharing your knowledge.
  • You have previous training, teaching or one-on-one mentorship experience.

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 their fellow mentors from around the globe!

Our mentors enjoy flexible schedule with their mentees. Mentors work remotely and set their own hours.

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

Please tick the Big Data/Data Science/ML Technologies that you are very familiar with:*

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