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


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 14 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 1,000,000 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.

Meet our


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.

Osayi Igharo

Managing Partner, Ripple VC

Jeff Herman

Data Science Instructor, Flatiron School

Omobolaji Kujembola

Senior Manager Technology Demand, IHS Towers

Samuel Edet

Economist Fellow, The World Bank Group

Eric Sodomka

Research Scientist, Facebook

Diane Igoche

Associate Professor-Data Analytics, Robert Morris University

Elaine Nsoesie

Assistant Professor, Boston University

Kingsley Okoye

Data Architect, Research TEC

Arinze Akutekwe

Senior Data Scientist, Fujitsu Services Ltd

Olalekan Akinsande

Technical Lead, Data Scientists Network Foundation

Moyo Akala

Data Scientist, Santander Bank

Sijuade Oguntayo

Lead ML Engineer, Omdena

Adedamola Obadeji

Data Scientist, Lotus Beta Analytics Nigeria

Opeyemi Fabiyi

Data Analytics Consultant, Deloitte

Humphrey Obie

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash University

Babatunde Kazeem Olorisade

Senior Lecturer in Data Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Anita Okoh

Data Scientist, DatHappy

Halleluyah Oluwatobi Aworinde

PhD, Bowen University, Iwo

Boye Odukunle

Business Intelligence Analyst, Helios

Ibukun Afolabi

Senior Lecturer, Covenant University

Nnanna Orieke

Senior Cloud Solution Architect Data and AI, Microsoft

Bashir Mohammed

Computer Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Berkeley California USA

Emeka Okoye

Knowledge Engineer, Cymantiks Limited

Kolawole Adebayo

Research Scientist, Datalive Analytics

Jyotika Singh

Director of Data Science, ICX Media

Temiloluwa Odesanya

Intelligent Automation Solutions Architect, Ciena

Omohiefe Ogolo

Lead Data Scientist, HelloFresh


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