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

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.


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Meet 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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Corne

Nagel

Corne Nagel is the Chief Data Scientist at Onefi. He has vast experience in building and deploying Machine learning models and helping companies carry out predictive analysis on their data.

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Sulaimon

Afolabi, PhD

Sulaimon Afolabi, PhD is a data scientist, demographer, statistician, researcher, lecturer and information technology expert with strong technical and practical background.


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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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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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Johnson

Iyilade Ph.D

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

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Koye

Sodipo

Koye is a management consultant with keen interests in the intersection between analytics …

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Phil

Ogun

Phil Ogun conducts applied research in flexible manufacturing automation and informatics, creating solutions…

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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

Akin Faderin, PhD

Wale Akinfaderin is a Physicist and Data Scientist with almost a decade experience …

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Ladi

Omole

Ladi Omole is an experienced IT and Business professional with a diverse background in business Intelligence…

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Rahmon

Ojukotola

Rahmon Ojukotola is the Founder and Director of StartCredits. StartCredits is an organisation…

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Abiodun

Modupe

Abiodun Modupe poses moderate experience with Machine Learning, especially in relation to data analytics…

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Chika

Obuah

Chika Obuah is the Chief Executive Officer, Czoid Ltd – a technology company that specializes in Data…

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David

Adelani

PhD Student at Max Planck Institute for Software Systems, Germany. David Adelani is passionate about research…

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Moyosoreoluwa

Akala

A data Scientist with a strong Math background and experience in BIG DATA analysis, statistics…

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Jeremiah

Fadugba

Jeremiah Fadugba has experience in R&D in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Fuzzy Logic…

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Ransford

Hyman, Ph.D

I’m a Generalist Software Engineer with interests in Artificial Intelligence. My current area of focus in A.I…

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Jean

Francois Aie

Jean-Francois (aka “JF”) is Manager, Advanced Analytics in a Canadian Data-driven organization…

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Dr. Taiwo

Ajani

Tai Ajani is an Associate Professor of Computer Information System. He has developed and taught data science…

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Stephen

Olateru

Stephen Olateru is an experienced Data Scientist with a history of outstanding skill in the empirical analysis…

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Omobolaji

Kujembola

Omobolaji Kujembola is a technology expert and a strategic data analytics enabler with over 12 years’ hands…

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Abiodun

Shomoye

Abiodun Shomoye is a young enthusiast and academic research student in the field of Machine Learning…

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Abayomi

Adelowotan

An Executive Advisor and a Data Scientist with demonstrated experience in integrated continuous…

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Sharat

Manikonda

I am passionate about sharing knowledge. I have trained around 200 to 300 students from various domain/experiences

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Aneshan

Ramaloo

As a specialist in the Advanced Analytics practice, Aneshan Ramaloo add value to clients by showcasing SAS’s…

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Olalekan

Akinsande

Olalekan Akinsande is passionate about harnessing the power of data to solve complex business problems.

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Taiwo

Togun

Taiwo is a data scientist, entrepreneur, and educator. He holds a Masters and PhD in Computational biology…

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Jeff

Herman

I am a data scientist with background in the railroad industry. I am skilled in Python, R, Machine Learning…

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Alistair

Miles

Alistair Miles leads collaborative scientific projects using genome sequencing to study the parasites and…

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Yigal

Weinberger

Yigal Weinberger is a seasoned data scientist with 5+ years of algorithm development and data analysis…

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Mohit

Nalavadi

Mohit Nalavadi is a data scientist with a multidisciplinary background in computer vision, bio-engineering…

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Alex

Conway

I run a startup called NumberBoost based in Cape Town with clients all over the world We turn cutting edge deep learning…

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Liemiso

Mpota

My name is Liemiso Mpota. I am from Lesotho but work in South Africa in the banking industry. I hold a masters…

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Samuel

Edet

Samuel Edet is the founder of Colloq Initiative and a doctoral researcher at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Italy. His research…

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Kolawole

Adebayo

I completed a Ph.D. in Legal Informatics from the University of Bologna and a Ph.D. in Computer Science…

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Olalekan

Aboubakar

I have over ten years of experience in computational mathematics, machine learning, NLP, and graph theory…

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Faith

Mwema

Faith Mwema is a Senior Associate with PwC’s Advisory Business, with over 2 years experience in Data…