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Eunice Bagama Ball: Founder, Africa Technology Business Network on starting her own business

Abadesi Osunsade

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Eunice a social entrepreneur, women in tech advocate and founder of the Africa Technology Business Network (ATBN). Previously the founder of an Africa-based tech startup, she is now based in London working to enable collaboration between the UK and African startup communities. Eunice is particularly passionate about empowering female entrepreneurs and launched #HerFutureAfrica, a pan-African, female-focused tech entrepreneurship accelerator. She is also currently working on a book, Founding Women which spotlights leading African female tech role models to inspire and breakdown barriers for young African women in tech. Connect with her on twitter @eb_ball

Which quote do you look to when you need an extra push?

“Do the best you can until you know better.Then when you know better, do better” Maya Angelou

I love that quote because it reminds me to be kind to myself when I make mistakes. Often times as a founder you can waste a lot of time beating yourself up for not catching this or that mistake. I now know starting anything is really just a series of mistakes. You just have to make sure you’re learning from your mistakes which is what that quote always reminds me to do.

Whose story inspires you to take action?

Ola Orekrunin, the Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, an air ambulance service which she founded before she was 30! It’s such an ambitious and high risk project; she’s literally dealing with life and death situations every day and handling it like a boss! So every time I face a challenge for example if I feel nervous before a  talk, I always think of Ola and remind myself that no one is going to die if mess up my talk.

What's the last book you read that really connected with you?

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. It really connected with me because it showed just how much our society shapes who we are including our prejudices. The book puts a lens on the caste system in India  and it made me look at things like racism a bit differently. That they are really just a social construct. Not that I shouldn’t fight injustice or just accept it, but that it’s not personal. It’s not me. There is nothing wrong with me

What are you proudest of?

Definitely my latest project Founding Women. It’s a book sharing the stories leading female tech founders from across Africa and the diaspora. I once googled the words “tech entrepreneur” and was appalled that the results were pages and pages of mostly white male faces. I think tech is a really powerful problem-solving tool especially in Africa where we have no shortage of problems to solve! So with this book, I really wanted to try and change the face of tech. My dream is for millions of young African women to see themselves in the stories of these amazing women and believe that they too can be future tech leaders. We’re currently running a crowdfund to raise money to produce the initial copies of the book as well as raised funds for our mentorship programme for young African women. You can support and get involved here!