Martha Annan is the first Ghanaian beneficiary of the TechGirls project. Martha gained admission to study Information Technology at Wisconsin International University, Accra, Ghana.

Experiencing her first week as a college student, Martha could not hide her excitement, saying “I met new people, I am learning new things, but above I know my dream is becoming a reality. I am really excited to be in school studying Information Technology which has always been my dream.”

For her first semester Martha decided to take six courses. Her favourite among the six is Principles of Programming. She stated “I haven’t settled on which aspect of technology I want to specialize in yet, but I want to study and work hard to become one of the best female programmers in Ghana and beyond, developing apps and software to improve the lives of many across the world, especially girls.”

She also touched on her desire to see more girls taking up courses and careers in technology.

The gender gap in tech is one that does not favour girls; including Martha only four women in a class of 16 students started a study in the area of computer science. “I would like to encourage other girls to consider a career in technology, and I will also introduce as many girls from high school that are excellent in STEM to apply for the TechGirls project which made it possible for me to pursue my dream in IT” she said.