Africa is blessed with so many gifts both discovered and undiscovered. Only few who are given the opportunity make use of them. In a world where many see the ‘girl child’ as a lesser being and given less privileges, few who are privileged exploit it and use it for the betterment of the world. Anne- Marie is one of the Africans who did it.
Anne- Marie Osawemwemza Ore-ofe Imafidon, a child prodigy born in 1990 into the family of Mr Chris Imafidon and Mrs Ann Imafidonin in East London. They were emigrants from Edo state in Nigeria to London. The family was blessed with four child prodigies setting age records in educational attainments. Anne is the first of five siblings. She attended St. Saviour church of England primary school in Walthamstow, London where she passed two A’ level examination in mathematics and computer science at the age of 11, setting a record. In 2003, she received a British Scholarship to study mathematics at Johns Hopkins University at age 13. In 2005, she was admitted at the university of Oxford at 15 years and in 2010, she became the youngest ever graduating student with a Master’s degree.
After her Masters programme, she worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett Packard, Deutsche Bank and also launched a web design consultancy for SME’s.Today Anne-marie is the founder and CEO of STEMETTEs launched in 2013 in partnerships with Deutsche Bank, Sales force Accenture, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, BP and Microsoft. She was very focused and had a direction which attracted partners and her commitment to her previous works made companies ready to partner with her. Stemettes is a social enterprise promoting and inspiring women in Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career. Since it’s inception, about 45,000 young people across Europe have been exposed to STEM. In 2015, Stemettes held an outbox incubator for girls in STEM populaly known as X-men house for girls all over the world interested in STEM and entrepreneurship.Anne appears in International media as a presenter, keynote speaker and conference facilitator. She also hosts popular Women Tech Charge podcast and has conducted live interviews with famous faces from the tech world and beyond.
According to Anne, she constantly change where she thinks she will end up knowing fully well that technology changes everyday. She does this by making a ‘plan A’ to know the direction she is heading for, then updates it to a ‘plan B’ as time goes.
Also,her biggest challenge was working with people but this she overcomes using mathematics Algorithm (funny but only mathematicians can relate) together with her ability to speak six languages.
Anne advises startup entrepreneurs to always find their tribe. In other words, work as a team with people who share the same dreams and never do it alone.
She holds so many Honorary Doctorates awards. She was also recognized by Queen Elizabeth 2nd as Member of the order of the British Empire (MBE) for her works. She is a role model and an inspiration to all.