Four Black Women In Tech Using Social Media To Demystify The Industry
A total of 4.55 billion people worldwide now use social media, with 400 million new users having just come online within the last 12 months. In other words – social media apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Tiktok have an undeniable impact on today’s world, and they can either be used for good or for bad.
As we know already, the tech industry lacks serious diversity, especially when it comes to minorities, and that’s why we always take the time to celebrate those who are doing something about it.
This Friday, we’re spotlighting the Black women in tech using their social media – whether big or small – to share industry advice and help their community learn more about the sector and what it takes to get your foot in the door.
Hosanna Ali – @Thetechcornr
The Azure specialist for Microsoft, or the ‘fairy tech mother’ as some call her, has a reach of 32.1K followers. She uses her outlet to not only share advice on CVs, cover letters, and job opportunities, but she shares the resources that are helping to thrive and become a better ‘techie.’
She has a degree in business, and a master’s in computing and is a big advocate of promoting ‘noncoding’ tech jobs.
Hosanna has helped dozens of students and even has a list of testimonials from the people who benefitted from her content.
One person said: “I followed your advice and sold my transferable skills during my job interview and got the tech job.”
Charmaine Mabika – @love-charms
The fintech consultant has a following of almost 10K on social media and can be frequently seen sharing the rundown on all things technology.
Her most recent content is focused on demystifying some people’s misconceptions about the tech industry – for example, that you need a computer science degree to get a tech job. Although she’s only been in the field for three years – she’s built a loyal community of young techies that depend on her content for quick and easy to digest advice.
Besides Charmaine’s valuable tech content – she’s the epitome of doing it all. She shows that you can be a “tech babe” and still look as glamourous as ever as she uses her IG page for tech and fashion.
Chib – @Chib.tech
As a software engineer and ‘Machine learning postgrad’ student, Chib uses her Instagram as a tech blog. Although she has a small account with just 3,243, she is helping fellow young people of color interested in tech by taking them through her everyday activities as an engineer and tech mentor.
Chib often posts reels and videos of her day and short explainers of her coding.
Two of her most recent videos include “Code with me” and “A day in the life of a first-week machine learning postgrad.”
Her areas of interest are ‘Machine Learning, Project Management and Computational Finance’ and her favourite language include Java, Processing, Python and SQL.
She regularly speaks at universities and conducts workshops at secondary schools to encourage other young people to consider a career in the industry.
Anita – techgalanita
The computer science and artificial Intelligence student has used her presence on social media to encourage GenZ not to be afraid to immerse themselves into the world of tech.
Her page is focused on providing digestible and easy-to-access resources for young people keen on getting into the tech space.
Her most recent post which features the best youtube channels to learn about data structures is captioned: “A big part of my uni work this semester has been around Data Structures and Algorithms and I am not going to lie, wrapping my head around this has been difficult, I felt that I had to do quite a lot of further study outside of my school work to fully grasp it and I found that some of these Youtube channels did a great job at helping me understand certain concepts.”