December 27, 2019 0

2019 Milestones at Data Science Nigeria

We have had a very awesome 2019. We have activated our vision to raise one million Artificial Intelligent talents in 10 years. We have scaled up sustainability and built unique platforms to support our operation and expansion.

We are indeed very grateful to our inspiring staff, awesome sponsors, amazing advisory board members, supportive partners, and the ever-energetic community members.

Of a truth, we are well-positioned to achieve our mission to build a world-class Artificial Intelligence (AI) knowledge, research and innovation ecosystem that delivers high-impact transformational research, business use applications, AI-first start-ups, support employability, and social good use cases in Nigeria and beyond.

Read some of our major milestones in 2019













































December 9, 2019 0

As a part of Data Science Nigeria’s transition from an Artificial Intelligence learning community into a research and consulting non-profit, the business is expanding its dedicated workforce with the recruitment of three new data scientists. The new, young and energetic data scientists will be working on a special project at the interception of advanced analytics, statistical model development, data visualization and platform development for real-time analytics.

Join us to welcome 3 awesome ladies into our Data Science core team.

Meet the new team members
Sarah Opeyemi Adekunle, Data Scientist:
A Masters’s graduate of Systems Engineering. She is a product of the Microsoft4afrika where she groomed her skills in Data Science and Business Intelligence. She has built industry-level experience in Data Analysis, and Machine Learning use cases. She was the second-best female participant (4th position) at the 2017 Data Science Nigeria Artificial Intelligence Bootcamp.

Chimaoge Esotu, Data Scientist:
A passionate data scientist with a passion for trends mining. She has built competencies in skilled statistical analysis, machine learning and various types of database management. She has had industry level experience as a data analyst and business performance reporting expert. Chimaoge has hands-on experience in many visualizations, analytical and mathematical programming tools.

Haleemah Oladosu, Data Scientist:
A multi-skilled professional who combines her machine learning skills with software engineering and IT support Administration. An ex-Andela software engineer and a Kaggle participant per excellence with 9 competitions in her kitty. She was in the Top 2% in the Women in Data Science (WiDS) Datathon 2019. She had a Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence/Data Mining.


December 4, 2019 0

In its quest to raise 1 million Artificial Intelligence (AI) talents in 10 years and position Nigeria as a leading AI Hub, Data Science Nigeria (DSN) has expanded its learning community model to include a data science consulting and AI solutions delivery. In the last few months, the organisation has delivered solution-oriented machine learning projects, corporate trainings and bespoke consulting to local and international organisations with outstanding commendation of quality.

In order to strengthen its team, the organisation has expanded its consulting and operations workforce with experienced business and growth hacker, technical consulting lead, statisticians/data scientist, software engineers and grant/finance management expert from leading local and global organisations. The new model will also afford DSN a platform to scale up, ensure sustainability through self-funding, validate the Nigeria AI ecosystem, accelerate business use cases and provide hands-on learning opportunities for many DSN members (students, young professionals and beginners) across the country through paid internship and project participation.

Meet the new talents in the team

Michael NwosehStrategic Growth Lead: An experienced business manager, stakeholder and project management expert with 10 years commendable career in the Telecom and Banking industry. He has broad expertise in implementing strategic plans, conducting market research and driving execution excellence. He is also an expert in youth market engagement and strategy development, which is critical in driving our vision to raise 1million AI talents in 10 years.

Olalekan AkinsandeTechnical Delivery Lead: An experienced Data Scientist, Robotics Process Automation(RPA) Developer and Project Manager who previously worked with KPMG Data & Analytics team. Olalekan is proficient in building, deployment and management of end-to-end Data Analytics and Process Automation solution. He has broad experience in leading Data Analytics and Process Automation projects for Clients in the Financial Services, Oil & Gas, Telecoms, Manufacturing, FMCG, Transport and Utility industry.

Olusola Oseni– Software Engineer: An ex-Andela software engineer who will be driving how we find operational fusion of AI and software engineering in solving social and business problems. With PhD grade in his Petroleum Geology postgraduate studies, he has found a new passion in building solutions. He worked for 18 months as a freelance Software Developer before moving to Andela where he was a resident Software Developer and Technical Coordinator for 19 months. One of his works is a data collection app for a leading multinational tracking sale from the field.

Ezekiel OgundepoData Scientist: A first-class Statistics graduate with Master degree from African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Rwanda. He is an expert in Advanced Statistical modelling with professional experience at the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) where he worked to build dynamic taxpayers data portal and automated key statistical reports required by internal and external users. He is an R programming guru with a passion for geospatial analytics, advanced data analytics, visualisation and business application for impact. Ezekiel has used the set skills in data cleaning, analysis, machine learning, and analytical storytelling to provide statistical consultancy for clients in 15 countries as a freelancer.

Ebenezer Don-UgwuSoftware Engineer: A vibrant and young full-stack software engineer, an ex- Andela staff member with a passion for building meaningful products that ease the life of users. He has worked with distributed teams and has a strong passion with regard to AI driven software engineering. He is a versatile professional who is keen on finding solutions through cross-bundled experimentation.

Anaeze Nsoffor Software Engineer: He is a full stack Javascript/Python developer who is an advocate of super-efficient programming. He previously worked at Andela and has rich experience in Node.js, C#, Jquery, Reactjs. He will aid in accelerating our solution creation and find beneficial intersections between software engineering and Machine learning solution delivery.

Tunmise Johnson – Grant/Finance Manager: A Chartered Accountant and expert with solid experience in financial/grant management in both private and public development organisations. He previously worked with a Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation where he managed many international grants. His functional experience spans across Financial Management, Grant management, Process Management, Audit and Financial Modelling.

Join us as we welcome these awesome talents.

You can download the Data Science Nigeria corporate consulting and training brochure here


October 21, 2019 0

In our drive to be a world-class centre of academic research, AI social good solution development, consulting, capacity building and talent pipeline development; we have openings for extremely motivated, brilliant and passionate talents who share in our vision to raise 1million AI talents in 10 years

We cherish our values as a fun-filled, family-oriented, responsible, innovative and knowledge-driven non-profit that is scaling up very fast with global credibility and increasing local endorsement.

We have openings in these areas for some awesome projects we are working on and so many others on the queue:

Find the detailed description for each role attached below

Application Developer for AI solutions

Solution Development Lead

Product Growth and Research Lead

Vacancy Programme Director DSN

Data Architect

Data Scientists Analytics and Visualization

Geospatial Data Interns and Analysts

January 27, 2020 0

by Akinsande Olalekan

In the first part of this article, we learned how to create a twitter developer account, how to download and install Orange3 Text Mining, and how to stream twitter data and do sentiment analysis with Orange3 Text Mining.

In this article, we will learn how to create a sentiment analysis dashboard in powerbi and deploy it to the web. This article is a continuation of Twitter Sentiment Analysis with Orange + Vader + PowerBi (Part 1); if you have not read the article, please do so.

Before we start, what is PowerBi in the first place? PowerBi is a business intelligence service by Microsoft that provides users with tools for Aggregation, Analysis, Data-Sharing, and Visualization. There are several possible ways to work with Power BI- Power BI Service(Web), Mobile, Embedded and PowerBi Desktop (Desktop App). Without much ado, let’s get started!

Step 1: Download and Install PowerBi Desktop

Power BI Desktop allows you to ingest, transform, integrate and enrich data by connecting to various data sources. This FREE desktop application simplifies data evaluation and sharing with scalable dashboards, interactive reports, embedded visuals and many more.

To download PowerBi Desktop, all you have to do is:

  1. Go here:
  2. Click the download button.
  3. On the next page, select the checkbox to download the powerbi version that suits your system and click next to download.

pagePowerBi Download

To install it, simply run the downloaded .exe file and follow straightforward installation wizard prompts.

The next step is to sign up for a Powerbi account (if you would like to do so later, you can skip the registration process by clicking ‘Already have a Power BI account? Sign in’ and close the sign-in page.) If you already have an account, just use your credentials. Note: if you have an official email, I will recommend you create the PowerBi account because there are some visuals that we will import from the PowerBi Marketplace; doing this requires having a powerbi account. Now, we are ready to explore.

Step 2: Import Dataset into PowerBi

Best Practice: Save the report

As a best practice, you should save your PowerBi report before doing any other thing. To save your report, click the save button on the upper left corner of the page. Now, let’s import our sentiment analysis data ( the .csv file that was exported from the Orange3 Text Mining in the first part of our tutorial. You can download the data by clicking here .)

To build a dashboard, you have to connect to a data source. The following are the steps you need to follow to connect to a data source:

  1. Click on the ‘Get Data’ button.
  2. Select the source type; in this tutorial, we are working with a Text/CSV file

3. Locate the data in the file explorer and select it; once you connect successfully to our data source, you will see the window below:

Click Transform

Step 3: Preparing Data for the Load

Data doesn’t always come clean and prepared. Before loading data into powerbi, it is always good practice to clean the data in Power Query. To prepare data for load, click the ‘Transform Data’ button.

Power Query view

Follow these steps to prepare the data for load:

  1. Use the First row as a header: the first row of our data is good to serve as our data table header. On the Home ribbon, click ‘User first row as headers’.
  2. Remove the first 2 rows: we don’t need the first 2 rows on our data table, so let’s get rid of it. On the Home ribbon, click ‘Remove Row’ and click ‘Remove Top Rows’

Remove Rows

and input 2 in the Remove Top Row dialogue box as shown in the image below:

Remove Top Rows

3. Change Data Type: To change Data Type, click the data type button on the left side of the column name. We need to change some data to their correct data types; the following columns should be changed to Decimal Numbers, ‘pos’,’ neg’,’ neu’, and ‘compound’; the other numeric columns should be changed to the Whole Number. The Date column should be converted to Date/Time.

4. Create a Conditional Column: Let’s create a conditional column called ‘Sentiment’. The Sentiment column will help us identify the Negative, Positive and Neutral sentiments from the ‘Compound’ score. Follow these steps to create the conditional column.

4a. On the Upper ribbon, click ‘Add Column’ and select ‘Conditional Column’

4b. Now input the conditions; if ‘compound’ is less than 0, the sentiment is ‘negative’; if ‘compound’ equals 0, the sentiment is ‘neutral’; if ‘compound’ is greater than 0, the sentiment is ‘positive’. See screenshot below:

5. Load Data: Now that we prepared our data, let’s go ahead and Load. Click the Close & Apply button to load data.

Step 4: Building the Dashboard

Now that we have our data cleaned, let’s go ahead and build the dashboard.

Follow these steps to build the dashboard:

  1. Change the dashboard background: see snapshot below and follow the steps below:

Formating the background

1a. On the Visualisation pane, select the format icon

1b. Select the Page background, click the Color and select a black color. Turn color transparency to 0%. The background is now black as shown in the snapshot below:

the black background

2. Visual 1- Table: To import a visual from the visualization pane to the report space, click the visual and you’ll see it on the report space. We will start by bringing the Table visual to the report space.

Now that you have a Table in the Report space, do the following:

a. On the Data Fields, drag the date column to the value field of the table as shown in the screenshot below

We date is being displayed hierarchically; this is not what we want. So, let’s change the Date from hierarchy to normal date as shown in the screenshot below:

b. Drag the ‘Author Name’, ‘Content’, ‘Sentiment’, ‘Author Follower Count’ and the ‘Compound’ columns to the Value Field of the Visual. Rename ‘Compound’ as ‘Score’ by double-clicking it on the Value pane

Visual 2- Card: To avoid your current visual being changed by the new visual, click on the background of your report before selecting the Card visual. On the Visualisation pane, click the Card visual as shown in the screenshot below:

Now that you have the Card in the Report space, drag content into the Visual field. By default, the Card will show the First Sentence, change this by clicking the drop-down arrow on the visual and select ‘count’ as shown below:

Remember, you can rename a field name by double-clicking the name on the value field and rename it.

Visual 3- Donut: To avoid your current visual being changed by the new visual, click on the background of your report before selecting the Donut visual. Drag the ‘Sentiment’ field to the ‘legend’ and the ‘Content’ field to the ‘Value’ as shown in the screenshot below.

Visual 4- Word Cloud: Word cloud does is not among the default visualization in PowerBi, so we will have to import it as a custom visual from the PowerBi Marketplace. To import a visual from the marketplace, click the ellipse (…) and select ‘import from marketplace’ as shown in the visual below:

Note: you must be signed in to powerbi to import visual from the marketplace.

Search for ‘Word Cloud’ in the marketplace and click ‘Add’ to import the custom visual into your visualization pane as shown below:

Now that you have imported the visual from the marketplace, click the visual to add it to your Report space. Drag the content field to the category of the visual as shown in the image below:

Visual 5- Text Filter: Repeat the same process we used to import the Word Cloud visual from the marketplace to import the Text Filter. Click the Text Filter visual to add it to the report space. Drag the ‘Content’ data field into the visual field as shown below:

Visual 6- Text Box: On the ‘Home’ ribbon, click the text box icon and type, ‘Twitter sentiment Analysis’ into it as shown in the visual below:

Now you have a ready to go PowerBi Dashboard, you can choose to format this dashboard as you desire. You can read more on how to format powerbi visuals here. Finally, let’s publish our dashboard to the web so that anyone on the internet can interact with it.

Publishing to the Web

You need to have a powerbi service account to publish your dashboard.

A PowerBi Dashboard becomes interesting when you can share your beautiful dashboard. To make your dashboard available on the web, follow these steps:

  1. Publish: Click the ‘Publish’ button to push the dashboard to your powerbi service account.
  2. Once the dashboard is published, log in to your powerbi service account here
  3. Your newly published dashboard can be found under the ‘Report’ segment of your ‘My Workspace’. Click the dashboard to view on the web.
  4. To create an embedded link, you need to publish to the public web as shown in the screenshot below:

5. Publish the dashboard and a link will be generated for you as shown below:

Final Words

Congratulations on making it to the end of this article. Our dashboard is available for view here Feel free to interact with it.

Please drop your questions and comments.


January 27, 2020 0

By Akinsande Lekan

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is at the core of research in data science these days and one of the most common applications of NLP is sentiment analysis. Also known as “Opinion Mining” or “Emotion AI” Sentiment Analysis is the process of determining whether a piece of writing is positive, negative or neutral.

From opinion polls to creating marketing and public policy strategies, sentiment analysis has completely reshaped the way businesses and governance work, which is why it is an area everyone(both techies and non-techies) must be familiar with.

In this article, we will learn how to carry out Sentiment Analysis on twitter data by using Orange3 Text Mining, Vader and Microsoft PowerBi. Orange3 will be used to stream tweets from Twitter, Vader will be used for the sentiment Analysis and PowerBi will be used to create a sentiment analysis dashboard. Beyond twitter data, the knowledge gained from this tutorial can be used for sentiment analysis on any text data(surveys, polls,etc.)

There can be two approaches to sentiment analysis.

1. Lexicon-based methods

2. Machine Learning-based methods.

We will be using VADER (Valence Aware Dictionary and sEntiment Reasoner) a lexicon and rule-based sentiment analysis tool that is specifically attuned to sentiments expressed in social media.

Let’s build the solution now!

Step 1: Getting the Twitter API Credential

To access the developer account, you need to have a twitter account. In order to access the Twitter API, you need to register an application at On the top-right corner, click on the Apps button, Create an App, Apply and then Continue. Next, we will choose the “I am requesting access for my own personal use” option:

On the same web page, scroll down a bit and input your Account name and Country of operation then click Continue, and you will be redirected to the next web page. Here, you can choose any Use Cases you’re interested in. For our case, I chose the following:

After you make your choice, scroll down and fill out the use case interest paragraph required. This tutorial is for learning, so make sure you emphasize on the application being a self-learning/academic-related project. Choose “No” for the government involvement question, and press “Continue”. On the next web page, read the Terms and Conditions list, agree to them then Submit Application. Now, you have to wait for Twitter to verify your developer account.

When you get the approval email, click on the login link it contains. You will be redirected to the following web page, where you should choose “Create an app”.

On the next web page, click “Create an app” from the top-right corner. After you are redirected, fill out the required app details, including — if you’d like — that it is for self-learning purposes. Click “Create”.

The next web page will include the app details that you just input, access tokens and permissions. Proceed to the “Keys and tokens” tab. Copy the API key as well as the API secret key into a safe place (a text file, if you’d like), as we will be using them in a bit. We’re done with the credential acquisition part!

Step 2: Download and Install Orange3 Text Mining

If you already have Anaconda installed on your computer, you can install orange3 from the Anaconda Navigator.

On the other hand, Orange3 can be downloaded from here: for windows users; for mac users; for Linux

Now that you have Orange3 downloaded, go ahead and install it.

Step 3: Orange3 + Vader for Twitter Streaming and Sentiment Analysis

Now that you have installed Orange3, open the application:

This is the welcome page for Orange3

Click “New” to launch a blank canvas. Orange3 offers a lot of analytics capabilities for data preprocessing, visualization, statistical modelling, and machine learning. You can watch more tutorial videos on their YouTube channel via the link:

Text Analysis doesn’t come with Orange3 by default, so we need to install the Orange-Text addon. To install, click “Options” on the home ribbon and select “Add-ons…”. Check the Orange3-Text and click okay; wait for the add-on to install.

Orange3 Add-ons window

Now that you have the Text add-on installed, let’s build the flow!

This is the flow that we will build

Follow these steps to build the Orange3 sentiment analysis flow:

  1. The Twitter Widget: Expand the Text Mining drop down on the left panel; drag and drop the ‘Twitter’ widget to the canvas.
  2. The Data Table: Expand the Data drop-down on the left panel; drag and drop the ‘Data Table’ widget to the canvas. Connect the ‘Twitter’ widget to the ‘Data Table’ by dragging any part of the dotted arc of the ‘Twitter’ widget to the ‘Data Table’ widget. NB: This is how you create connections between widgets.
  3. The Save Data: Expand the Data drop-down on the left panel; drag and drop the ‘Save Data’ widget to the canvas. Connect the ‘Data Table’ widget to the ‘Save Data’.
  4. The Preprocess Text: Expand the Text Mining drop down on the left panel; drag and drop the ‘Preprocess Text’ widget to the canvas. Connect the ‘Twitter’ widget to it.
  5. The Word Cloud: Expand the Text Mining drop down on the left panel; drag and drop the ‘Word Cloud’ widget to the canvas. Connect the ‘Preprocess Text’ widget to it.
  6. The Sentiment Analysis: Expand the Text Mining drop down on the left panel; drag and drop the ‘Sentiment Analysis’ widget to the canvas. Connect the ‘Preprocess Text’ widget to it.

Now that you have successfully set up your workflow, let’s discuss how we would work with each of these widgets to create our sentiment analyzer.

The Twitter Widget

Double click the ‘Twitter’ widget and the configuration window opens up:

Configuring the Twitter Widget

Click the ‘Twitter API Key’ button and input you ‘Consumer API Key’ and ‘Secret Key’ that was generated in Step 1

For this tutorial, we will stream 1000 tweets where the word mbuhari(the official twitter handle of the Nigerian President, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR) was mentioned. So, if you would like to follow this article religiously, input ‘mbuhari’ in the query word list box and set the max tweets to 1000. Click ‘Start’ to start streaming data from twitter. (tweets streamed on January 19th, 2020)

The Data Table Widget

In this workflow, we made use of two ‘Data Table’ widgets. This widget allows us to view the data in a table format. The first data table is connected to the ‘Twitter’ widget. We can view this data by double-clicking the ‘Data Table’ widget.

The Save Data Widget

This widget saves data from the data table as .csv. Double click this widget to define the name and path for your file.

Note: ‘Save Data’ will only save the highlighted data on the ‘Data Table’. So, to highlight data on the data table, double click the ‘Data Table’ widget to open the ‘Data Table’ Window. Double click the ‘title’ on the top left corner of the table, the entire data table is highlighted and automatically saved to .csv

Highlighted data table will be saved

The Pre-process Text Widget

This constructs a text pre-processing pipeline. It allows us to transform, tokenize and filter our data. Double click the widget to open the Preprocess window. We want to transform our data by maintaining lower case in all tweets, removing accents, parse HTML and removing URLs; so, please check all the boxes under the Transformation section.

Under Tokenization, we are only interested in splitting by regular expressions and keeping only words. Select Regexp and type \w+ as the pattern.

Under Filtering, we will remove stop words in the English language. So, check ‘Stopwords’ and set language to ‘English’

Preprocess Text window

The Word Cloud

This widget is one of my favorite text analytics visuals. It helps you see the most mentioned words in text data. See what our cloud looks like:

The Sentiment Analysis

Double click this widget and select Vader. VADER uses a combination of a list of lexical features (e.g., words) which are generally labeled according to their semantic orientation as either positive or negative. VADER not only tells about the Positivity and Negativity score but also tells us about how positive or negative a sentiment is.

Next Part

The ‘Data Table’ that connects to the ‘Sentiment Analysis’ widget contains the tweets and the sentiment score. This is the data that we are interested in; it will serve as a database for our interactive dashboard. In the next part of this tutorial, we will explore how to create a fully functional sentiment analysis dashboard with PowerBi.

See you then!

I hope you found this tutorial interesting. Please share and remember to clap.


You can follow me on Twitter @akinsande1

Read Part 2 here:


December 30, 2019 0

JanuaryJanuary 6Full resumption at the AI Hub Yaba office
January 11 – February 29Saturday Professional Business Analytics Training new cohort classes
January 12Kick off of NLP, Geospatial and Health Data workstream at AI Hub
January 17Train-the-Teachers Artificial Intelligence Masterclass and book distribution in Owerri, Imo State.
January 20Kick-off of AI+ Clubs in secondary schools as an after-school club in Lagos secondary schools
January 25The SeqHub/Maxng/DSN Ideathon – AI Hub
FebruaryFebruary 5 - March 11Beginners AI Wednesdays 6-week intensive introduction to Python and Machine Learning
February 6 - March 12Pre-University Training in 5 states on Introduction to Python and Machine Learning
February 10Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference - AI for Social Impact
February 15 - April 30Kaggle competition
TBDRetina-AI AI DevOps Hackathon
February 27Train-the-Teachers Artificial Intelligence Masterclass and book distribution
February 261-day Masterclass in R programming
MarchTBDAI Invasion in 50 cities (1-week intensive introduction to Python/Machine Learning in 50 cities in Nigeria)
March 21 – Jun 13Weekend Certification classes in BigML, Columbia/Edx and Microsoft Azure
TBDData Science for Marketing: 3-day intensive corporate training
TBDTrain-the-Teachers Artificial Intelligence Masterclass and book distribution
March 28AI+ Dial-in Masterclass: Reinforcement Learning
AprilApril 3AI for Financial Inclusion workshop
TBDReadiness Kaggle/Zindi Mini-competition - Best participants win books and tickets to tech events
April 241-day Masterclass in Natural Language Processing
April 29-30AI Researchers Conference – International conference hosted in Lagos
April 29-30Participation at ICLR Ethiopia [Virtual Conference]
MayMay 4-8AI for Good Global Summit 2020, Geneva, Switzerland : Attendance and showcase
May 151-day Masterclass in Data Engineering
May 16Data Visualization with Microsoft PowerBI Masterclass : 5 Saturdays intensive corporate training
TBDBeginners AI Wednesdays 6-week intensive introduction to Python and Machine Learning
TBDPre-University Training 6-week class on Introduction to Python and Machine Learning
TBDData Science for Human Resources/People Analytics : 3-day intensive corporate training
May 21-22PhD Research Paper writing workshop with Dr Elaine Nsoesie [Virtual Training]
May 28Fall in Love with AI – Women meet up on AI Career development
JuneJune 12Machine Learning Masterclass in collaboration with Google
June 13AI+ City and Campus Ambassadors Conference in Lagos
June 25 – August 24Pre-Bootcamp 60 days of Machine Learning and Deep Learning
June 30Release of whitepaper on AI-powered Citizen Science on Digital Marketing/Social Media
TBD1-day Masterclass in Microsoft Azure DevOps
TBDDeep Learning Masterclass : Intensive virtual corporate training
JulyTBDAI+ for Professionals Meet-up
TBDData Science for Banking/Fintech/Insurance : 3-day intensive corporate training
TBDRobotic Process Automation Masterclass: 2 Saturdays intensive corporate training
TBDData Science for Technical professionals: 3-day intensive corporate training
AugustTBDBusiness/Data Analytics for Professionals: 2 Saturdays intensive corporate training
TBDMasterclass on AI for Project Monitoring and Evaluation for non-profit
TBDData Engineering: 2 Saturdays intensive corporate training
TBDAI Summer School for Grades 5-9
TBDArtificial Intelligence and Financial Inclusion Research meet-up
TBDLadies in AI Meet-up
TBDDeep Learning Indaba Tunisia – participation and poster showcase
SeptemberTBDAI Bootcamp 2020 Selection Kaggle/Zindi Competition
TBDData Analytics with Microsoft Azure and BigML : 2 Saturdays intensive corporate training
September 25
September 26AI Bootcamp 2020: Call for posters
TBDGame theory and Mechanism design Masterclass : 2 Saturdays intensive corporate training
OctoberOctober 1Release of our AI Blueprint for Nation Building – 60 Imperatives for AINaija as part of Nigeria’s 60 th Independence anniversary
October 20AI Summit 2020: AI for 21 st century Governance and Business Success
October 22AI Masterclass for Executives and Business Leaders
October 20 - 25AI Bootcamp – 4 streams sessions (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Researchers and Professional streams) – an intensive fully residential and all-expense paid for best 250 best students, researchers and young professionals.
NovemberNovember 2Release of DSN whitepaper on AI-powered Citizen Science on Natural Language Processing and Health using Twitter Data
TBDBeginners AI Wednesdays 6-week intensive introduction to Python and Machine Learning
TBDPre-University Training 6-week class on Introduction to Python and Machine Learning
TBDDeep Learning Masterclass - CNN
TBDDeep Learning Masterclass - RNN
DecemberDecember 2 - 8 (TBD)NeurIPS 2020 Vancouver, Canada - attendance and poster showcase
December 7 - 8Local NeurIPS meet-up at AI Hub, Yaba
December 18 - 20Data Science Nigeria team annual strategy retreat/team building
December 23AI Hub Team End-of-year party/Business closes for the year


December 11, 2019 0

Lagos NeurIPs Meetup Programme Schedule
Venue: AI Hub, 174b Murtala Muhammed Way, Yaba
(4th floor Sunu Assurance Building)

Friday 13th of December, 2019
4:00 – 4:15: Welcome & Data Science Nigeria Introduction
4:15 – 4:30: NeurIPS introduction
4:30 – 5:00: Living is an Agricultural Act: AI for Global Food Security by Sarah Menker
5:00 – 5:30: Discussion on Data Science Nigeria AI class monitor
5:30 – 6:25: Veridical Data Science by Bin Yu
6:25 – 7:15: Social Intelligence by Blaise Aguera y Arcas
7:15 – 7:30: Book Winning Time
7:30 Menu: Finger food and drink

Saturday 14th of December 2019
10:00 – 10:15: Welcome
10:15 – 10:50: Machine Learning Meets Single-Cell Biology: Insights and Challenges by Dana Pe’er
10:50 – 11:40: How to Know by Celeste Kidd
11:40 – 12:10: Discussion on Data Science Nigeria AI class monitor
12:10 – 12:50: From System 1 Deep Learning to System 2 Deep Learning by Yoshua Bengio
12:50 – 1:30: Women in Machine Learning (WiML) Affinity Workshop 2
1:30 – 1:45: Book Winning Time
1:45 Menu : Finger food and drink

To register, click Here


November 6, 2019 0

In 2020, DSN will be expanding to run 24 city-based AI+ learning meet-ups as part of our scale-up strategy to achieve our 1 million AI talents in 10 years. This will be executed via a structured learning platform for secondary school students, pre-university students, university/polytechnics students and professionals, similar to the AIEveryDay model currently being running at the AI Hub in Lagos.
These AI+ meet-ups will be fully funded by Data Science Nigeria and managed professionally with strong focus on curriculum, quality assurance and opportunity creation for all the community members. It will be managed by a dedicated DSN resource, Program Manager in charge of AI Community, Content and Collaboration. He/She will drive learning engagement, partnership development, support, curriculum/content support etc.

What makes our AI+ City Meet-Up different?
• It will encompass all learning segments. For example, we will use our new book on AI for Primary and secondary schools to train Primary/JSS students during holidays/midterm breaks
• All the tutors and city leads are verified and validated instructors who will also be attending regular DSN classes and workshops on regular basis for quality assurance
• Students who are part of these learning communities will have access to DSN internship, virtual work opportunities and job recommendations – especially with our growing project consulting portfolio for local and international clients.
• Each will be fully funded by Data Science Nigeria and operate in partnership with a local facility provider (Hubs/ Campuses etc.)
• The City Lead will also be responsible for our high-impact strategy to get AI into all primary and secondary schools in Nigeria via a Train-the-trainer programme to equip primary and secondary school teachers across Nigeria with the right basic skills to use our new book on AI/Python programming as part of the curriculum

Benefits for the City Leads
• Access to all DSN mentoring, travel grants and support platforms.
• Participation in DSN projects as a way to earn extra income, particularly through our DataCrowd product.
• Access internship at DSN office in Lagos and DSN partner companies
• Recommendation for DSN third party job placements and scholarship opportunities
• Selected candidates will receive special slot to attend the 2019 AI Bootcamp as part of their capacity building and briefing programme (if they are not currently on the list).

(1) Selected candidates with good experience that can be validated via Kaggle/GitHub/Zindi
(2) Excellent community building and relationship skills that can be proven
(3) The AI City Lead must be available in the city for the next 6-12 months

Cities of Interest:

  • Abuja
  • Sokoto
  • Kano
  • Zaira
  • Jos
  • Bauchi
  • Gombe
  • Yola
  • Ilorin
  • Ibadan
  • Kaduna
  • Lokoja
  • Abeokuta
  • Ijebu-Ode
  • Osogbo
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  • Ado-Ekiti
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October 16, 2019 0

We are excited to welcome Wuraola Oyewusi, a pharmacist and data scienstist who joins Data Science Nigeria as the Lead for Research and Innovation. She is a passionate professional committed to advancing Artificial Intelligence practice. She previously worked with eHealth Africa (eHA), a US firm with the largest data-driven health delivery system in Africa.

She is well recognized in the AI community for her work on Scispacy.Click Here to view it

She has also been in the forefront of the unstructured data application and open source access, especially in the area of health. She developed #NLP Datasets related to health, which she made open to global acknowledgement. Dr Stephen Odaibo of RetinaAI USA (one of our Advisory Board members) actually did a tweet on this Click Here to see attached. The open source dataset is useful for Topic Modelling, Sentiment Analysis, Text Pre-Processing and even more.

She is a Pythonista whose contribution to Pandas was recognized by Marc Garcia. The post on her Pull Request being merged on pandas was a celebration for the Nigerian AI community.Check Here

She was also part of the NLP project led by Dr Wale Akinfaderin (Duke Energy USA) which recently won a grant from the Canadian/Swedish government backed AI4Development on the use of NLP for parliamentary document analysis

Wura has grown to be an end-to-end machine learning and deep learning user with documented proof of study/applications in topics like Sequence Models, Deep Learning, End to end ML with Tensorflow, Time series, Recommendation systems and lately Google IT support Check Here

You can check many of her works via Github repo: Here
At Data Science Nigeria, Wura will be driving our research works, publications/contribution to knowledge, supporting the Knowledge leadership that DSN is known for, application of theory into solution development, leading DSN proprietary in-house bespoke AI suites, consulting support for clients and partners, mentoring of in-house researchers, teaching, project management related to our core solutions and support for ongoing solution development (AI Class Monitor, NaLie, DataCrowd etc.)
Please join us to welcome her with your usual support and camaraderie. She is accessible via email at