A Nigerian man identified as Obinna Ukwuani has been appointed as the Chief Digital Officer by the Bank of Kigali, Rwanda.
Obinna Ukwuani is a former Paystack Executive, and he will be saddled with the responsibility of leading the Bank’s Digital Factory Division for product innovation and development in Digital Banking.
This was announced by the bank in a statement in Rwandan media on Tuesday Morning.
He resumed his position in June, 2020.
Obinna has a degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has worked in software, agriculture processing, and the education sectors.
Ukwuani grew up in Washington DC, graduating with honours in high school that earned him a place at MIT, which later saw him decline a six-figure paycheck in the United States and returned to Nigeria to develop Nigeria’s digital skills industry.
In October 2011, he launched Exposure Robotics Academy, one of Nigeria’s first high-profile STEM education programmes in Lagos.
It was designed as a five-week residential program aimed at teaching creative problem solving, engineering principles, and programming to high school students during the summer.
Within three years, the academy coached up to 113 students from 17 states across Nigeria and Ghana on how to code and build robots, some of whom have since gained scholarships into American universities and are just as determined to further the teaching of STEM back home.