SOFTWARE DEVELOPER, FOUNDER
The gender equality conversation came early in Regina Honu’s Ghanaian household. In high school, she watched a movie where a man was able to fly with a rocket on his back. Inspired, she designed a rocket prototype and showed it to her teacher. “[The teacher] said it is impossible, girls don't build rockets and I will end up in the kitchen,” she tells OkayAfrica. “I left feeling no one should say ‘impossible’ and I wanted to make sure women and girls are able to reach their full potential and not told what to do and where to go.”
The software developer has done just that. Not only is she the founder of the software development company Soronko Solutions—she’s one of her country’s first female tech entrepreneurs—Honu is head of a number of tech-oriented initiatives to inspire young girls in the STEM field. She co-founded Tech Needs Girls with the goal to teach girls to innovate through code, which was so massively successful that she then founded Soronko Academy, the first coding school for children and young adults in West Africa. “I challenge gender stereotypes in the technology sector and have created a narrative that women and girls have no limits and can be or do anything they set their minds too,” she says. “I also work to ensure young people find their voice and are inspired to chase their dreams.” While her roots are in the business of technology, Honu has ensured that moving forward, little girls like her who wish to study STEM don’t feel alone in the lab. “[I want to] achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls,” she says.