We got an invitation from the CEO of Ibez for a courtesy visit to the newly opened office space at the centre of Victoria Island in Lagos owned by 989. The organisation (989) creates affordable shared workspaces – co-working and private offices for small businesses, entrepreneurs etc in a quiet and collaborative environment.
The D-Day started with a heavy shower, a sign to show we might have a very low turn-out for the meeting. The meeting was fixed for 12noon on the 12th of July, 2019. Our team were full of ecstasy about the visit but things turned another way when the uncontrollable shower from heaven fell unabated throughout the day. We managed to arrive at the tower an hour after the scheduled time, No thanks to the heavy downpour. We were baffled by the roll-call that we met on our arrival at the edifice, which includes but not limited to the following:
Ommo Clark, the meeting initiator who is a Software Developer and the Founder / CEO of iBez, a software development and training company that builds technology platforms that
solves local and business problems and seeks to close the digital/software
development skills gaps in under-served communities. She designed the online
platforms Handy-Jacks, www.handy-jacks.com that connects homeowners with
competent tradespeople around them and Lets-Share, www.lets-share.com.ng
(due to be launched Q3 2019) for accommodation seekers to find spare bedrooms to rent in a home/flat share. Also at the meeting are Eze Ofili (Investor), Sam (iBez), Blessing (iBez) Tewa Onasanya (Founder / Publisher, Exquisite Magazine, Eloy Awards), Morenike Okebu, (Legal Practitioner, Reni Legals), Ema Clark (Capacity Miners),Emmanuel Abaisor (Regional Sales Manager, South West Multichoice), Multichoice IT Manager, Anebi Deji-Ayoko, Relational Manager, Polaris Bank, Michelle Omoregba (Manager, 989 Workspace), Evelyn (Community Manager, 989 Workspaces), Tayo (Community Manager, 989 Workspaces), Didi Okoli, CEO, CarSpa, Tarebi Alebiosu (MD, Yoke Solutions Ltd) and Linda Ochugba, BusinessDay
The gathering presented our team with the opportunity of meeting different people with different views about Wikipedia. According to Michelle, the manager, 989 Workspace, the partnership with Wikimedia Nigeria will help to create an inclusive environment where Nigerians can learn how to edit Wikipedia. Ommo, the CEO of Ibez said the partnership with Exquisite Magazine to boost women particiaption on Wikipedia will help to bridge the gap that exists on women articles on Wikipedia through the proposed monthly meetup. The agreement will be finalised in the next few weeks.
In light of the above, the following plans were proposed
- Monthly meetup to be hosted by the state of the earth office at 989 Workspace
- The push for a campaign that will lure more women to contribute to Wikipedia.