#A24BehindTheTech: Omobola Olubusola Johnson

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Omobola Olubusola Johnson, is a Nigerian technocrat and the Honorary Chairperson of the global Alliance for Affordable Internet. She is also a former Minister of Communication Technology in the cabinet of President Goodluck Jonathan. Prior to her Ministerial appointment she was country managing director for Accenture, Nigeria. She had worked with Accenture since 1985 when it was Andersen Consulting. Dr Omobola Johnson served as Nigeria’s minister of communication from 2011 to 2015. Once her tenure was over, Dr Johnson did not disappear into the shadows or maintain a stranglehold on politics as most do.

Instead, she channeled her energy and resources into helping mold policy and create an enabling environment for innovation to thrive in Nigeria. Dr Johnson has been instrumental to the federal government’s acceptance of the role young tech entrepreneurs and the ecosystem will play in the future of the country. As the minister of communication, she famously had a hand in Andela’s foundation in Nigeria. She remains relevant in tech circles, appearing at events and in boardrooms, making deals and moves to solidify the rise of Nigeria’s startup ecosystem.

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