The executive Director of W.TEC – Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi pens down an emotional tribute to an amazing woman who had been a huge source of inspiration and motivation to her work at W.TEC. She shares with us her heartfelt, impression of a colossus for women whose life was cut short.
I heard about Mrs. Florence Seriki and her achievements many years
before I got to meet her. That she started her company Omatek
Computers – or what would become Omatek – while serving as a youth
corper in NNPC was not news, but it was extremely inspiring. That she
saw a business opportunity from what started off as supporting her
bosses and teaching them how to use computers, showed a foresight that
not many people possess. That she doggedly turned this opportunity
into the first indigenous company assembling computers showed
unwavering ambition and embrace of hard work. That she accomplished
all this as a young woman – in a field where very few women are
playing – and shone like a star was impressive beyond words.
Mrs. Florence Seriki agreed to serve on W.TEC’s advisory board from
inception. So even when W.TEC existed more in my mind than in reality,
she supported my dream of closing the gender digital divide. Although
she was extremely busy, she always welcomed the students of the W.TEC
Girls Technology Camp to tour Omatek’s factory. She also generously
supported the camp with prizes of laptops for many years.
Her life might have been tragically cut short, but her kindness,
generousity and sparkling achievements will continue to live on and
the fire she sparked off in so many young women will continue to flame
higher and bigger. She has personally inspired me to continue to
support other women’s dreams and live my life with courage and
fearlessness – just as she did.
Rest In Peace, Mrs. Seriki.
Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre – W.TEC