Farida Bedwei

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei (born 6 April 1979) is a Ghanaian software engineer and cofounder of Logiciel, a fin-tech company in Ghana.[1][2][3] Farida Bedwei has built mobile and enterprise applications, and is also known for her knowledge of software architecture, and deploying mobile services, particularly for banking applications.[4]

Farida Bedwei
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Born
Farida Nana Efua Bedwei

(1979-04-06) 6 April 1979 (age 42)
NationalityGhanaian
CitizenshipGhana
OccupationSoftware engineer

Early lifeEdit

Farida was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one.[5] She was born in Lagos, Nigeria and spent her early childhood living in three different countries (Dominica, Grenada and UK) due to the nature of her fathers job with the United Nations Development Programme. Her family moved to Ghana when she was 9 years old and was home schooled until 12 years.[1][2]

EducationEdit

She was home schooled until the age of 12 when she was first sent to a government school in Ghana.[1] Farida's parent at the tender age of 15 noticed her early passion for computers and decided to enrol her in a one-year computer course at the St. Michael information technology centre, making her one of the youngest in the class and also enabled her to skip high school.[1] She later obtained a one year degree in Computer Science from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom (from 2004 to 2005) and further acquired a certificate in Project Management in 2009 from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).[1][4][6]

CareerEdit

Farida Bedwei began her career as a software developer at Soft Company Ltd (now known as the Softtribe), and moved from there to Rancard Solutions Ltd, where she progressed from the position of solutions analyst to Senior Software Architect from 2001 to 2010.[1][4]

At Rancard Solutions, she was responsible for the development and maintenance of mobility platforms. One of her achievements at Rancard Solutions include the development of a content management system for the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice and PayBureau, an enterprise web-based payroll application for KPMG Accra to facilitate simultaneous management of payroll services for different companies.[4]

In 2010, Bedwei moved to G-Life Microfinance where she was responsible for designing and implementing new products and services. In April 2011, she left to set up her own company, Logiciel Ltd, Accra, Ghana, where she is the co-founder and chief technology officer. At Logiciel Ltd, she led the creation and successful implementation of gKudi, a web-based (cloud) banking software suite for the micro-finance industry, used by 130 micro-finance institutions nationwide.[1][4][7][8]

In 2015, she authored her first book, a mini-autobiography titled: Definition of a miracle.[9][10] She has since received several awards and appointments including her appointment to the Board of Ghana's National Communication Authority.[10]

Farida also created a cerebral palsy superhero. Her comic character called Karmzah gets her power from her crutches that she has to use for her cerebral palsy.[11]

Achievements and awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Said-Moorhouse, Lauren. "This computer genius defeated her disability with tech". CNN. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Farida N. Bedwei". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on 29 April 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  3. ^ Ntreh, Nii. "Ghanaian female IT engineer with brain illness gains the recognition of the BBC". Yen.com.gh – Ghana news. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Africa, Rising (25 May 2015). "Celebrating Farida Bedwei – a seasoned software engineer with over 16 years experience despite her Cerebral Palsy condition". RisingAfrica.org. Archived from the original on 8 November 2018. Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Meet the Ghanaian software engineer diagnosed with cerebral palsy". GhanaWeb. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ Bedwei, Farida. "Farida Bedwei". LinkedIn.com. Farida Bedwei. Retrieved 12 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b "African Women in Tech: Farida Bedwei". Africa.com. 16 March 2018. Archived from the original on 13 June 2018. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Farida Bedwei". Beyond Curie—a design project celebrating women in STEM. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Definition of a Miracle". Amazon.com. Retrieved 3 March 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Farida Bedwei". africayouthawards.org. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  11. ^ Debrah, Ameyaw (31 October 2018). "Farida Bedwei creates world's first Cerebral palsy superhero". AmeyawDebrah.Com (in American English). Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  12. ^ "What we know about 10 youths honored by Sisi at WYF – Egypt Today". egypttoday.com. Archived from the original on 12 November 2018. Retrieved 12 November 2018.

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