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Angele Messa – Co-founder of EduClick

Working as an EdTech Entrepreneur – We have a maker space where we offer coding classes; immerse kids into modern technology like 3D printing, virtual reality and gaming. Our hope is that they get involved in tech when the time comes to choose a career.

Angele Messa is an award-winning EdTech Entrepreneur with over four years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, specifically focusing on leveraging technology to promote access to quality education for vulnerable communities. Currently, Angele is the coFounder of EduClick, an EdTech company in Cameroon with headquarters in Yaoundé which seeks to change the African youth unemployment narrative, by presenting a platform for the young people to tap into the power of technology to reduce academic failure, get decent jobs or create jobs for the continent through entrepreneurship. Angele holds a Master’s degree in International Relations in the field of International Communication and Public Action from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon. She is dedicated in using communication tools in solving the world’s most pressing problems, especially in the field of education. Her vision is that to build one of Africa’s largest online educational portal to reduce unemployment and underemployment to an insignificant rate within Cameroon, especially amongst refugees ad internally displaced persons; disabled and people living in rural communities. She has received several national and international awards like the 2018 African Union Education Innovation Prize; and featured amongst 50 Most Influential Cameroonian Young Entrepreneurs by Avance Media.

In a nutshell, tell us a bit about your job, and what role technology plays in it?

I’m an EdTech entrepreneur and founder of educlick.africa and kamerbigbang.com. EduClick is a tech company which specialises in developing alternative learning methods for those who can’t access formal education due to poverty, armed conflicts or who live in rural areas with limited or no access to quality education. We do that by offering an e-learning services (It’s a market place where professional from diverse fields can sell their skills and where learners can learn new things at very affordable rates).

We also offer online revision for school students. We have a bank of over 40 thousand multiple choice questions to help high school students, 12 – 18 years to revise their lessons and improve on their grades.

We also have a maker space where we offer coding classes; immerse kids into modern technology like 3D printing, virtual reality and gaming. Our hope is that they get involved in tech when the time comes to choose a career. My role as an edtech entrepreneur consists of developing growth strategies, digital marketing and networking. EduClick leverages all aspects of technology to reach our target. We mostly use offline technologies like USSD; downloadable offline apps, and e-networks given that 80% of our target are offline.

Where did your professional journey start and how did you get to where you are now?

In 2011, I wrote the competitive entrance exams to join the public service. We were over 3000 candidates and only 120 made it at the end. Though I was among the successful candidates; I was very sorry for the over 2000 candidates who didn’t make it. I grew the urge to mentor people on different job options or entrepreneurial opportunities. The more training sessions I organised, the more satisfaction I got. I became very uncomfortable with my full time job and wanted to do something with direct impact. I started from there and it grew to this tech company with traction and impact.

What is the greatest transformation in technology you’ve witnessed in your career?

Large scale technology transformations are those around automation and offline technologies. The latest on my list is the intranet. These technologies have impacted several aspects of doing business and despite it all, it can be human centered if used for doing good and making life better. I’m so happy witnessing all these transformation as a main actor and not a subject to it.

We always hear there are not enough women working in Tech. What needs to happen to change that? Using your own words, why do we need women-focused groups in the tech community?

It’s true there are very few women working in Tech and the few working in that field usually feel very lonely in a male dominated field. Women focused groups in Tech communities is very important. It’s important for women to have that heroine figure which they look up to or want to be like them. It’s important for women to have safe places where they can freely talk about their challenges share their successes and their future plans. Last but not the least; it’s important for women in Tech to have that support system which will not only positively impact their professional lives but their personal lives as well. That’s the role of all female Tech communities to me.

Last but not the least; it’s important for women in Tech to have that support system which will not only positively impact their professional lives but their personal lives as well. That’s the role of all female Tech communities to me.

When you think about ‘women’ and ‘technology’ what comes to your mind first?

I think of the gap that exists in the field and the specific challenges women face. In Cameroon for example, many women study sciences and maths in high school but when they get to the university, they move to study Finance, management or other social sciences. That’s why the edtech entrepreneur idea at EduClick’s Stem kitchen, we’re exposing school girls to stem and mentoring them to choose stem fields when the time comes. Many women face the challenge of taking care of families and working at the same time. Technology jobs can be done remotely or as freelance and this is a great thing for women.

Technology jobs can be done remotely or as freelance and this is a great thing for women.

Who are your tech influencers and why?

The first female Tech image I’ve known was Ms Rebecca ENONGCHONG, a Cameroonian who grew up in the United States and Founder of Appstech. She was a guest speaker at the Cameroon Leadership Academy and that’s the day I knew I wanted to be involved in Tech.

I am admirative of Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls Code.

What I love about these two female figures is their ability to redefine what women in Tech means. They are resilient, smart and female. They keep their feminine figure while being tough within and have been able to position themselves in the Tech industry.

What has been the greatest piece of advice you have received in your career so far?

The greatest advice I received was in 2016 from one of my career coaches when he told me ‘you can’t give what you don’t have. If you want to get to the top you need to keep building yourself. Get the right skills, networks and mindset’. I’ve practiced that since then and it works.

If you could host a dinner party with 3 influential people in tech, who would you invite and why?

Ginny Rometty- CEO; IBM (She’s had a career in the Tech industry and she’s been able to move up the ladder. I think she’s a good example of resilience and hard work and those are qualities I’m building.

Rebecca ENONGChong, CEO Founder AppsTech ( She’s one if not the most influential African woman in Tech. She comes from the same context like me and no matter how difficult things are for us she’s made it. That diner would be a good time for her to share her experience with me)

Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba (He’s my role model and every aspect of his story inspires me)

Angele Messa is an award winning EdTech Entrepreneur with over four years of experience in the field of social entrepreneurship, specifically focusing on leveraging technology to promote access to quality education for vulnerable communities. Currently, Angele is the coFounder of EduClick, an EdTech company in Cameroon with headquarters in Yaoundé which seeks to change the African youth unemployment narrative, by presenting a platform for the young people to tap into the power of technology to reduce academic failure, get decent jobs or create jobs for the continent through entrepreneurship. Angele holds a Master’s degree in International Relations in the field of International Communication and Public Action from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon. She is dedicated in using communication tools in solving the world’s most pressing problems, especially in the field of education. Her vision is that to build one of Africa’s largest online educational portal to reduce unemployment and underemployment to an insignificant rate within Cameroon, especially amongst refugees ad internally displaced persons; disabled and people living in rural communities. She has received several national and international awards like the 2018 African Union Education Innovation Prize; and featured amongst 50 Most Influential Cameroonian Young Entrepreneurs by Avance Media.

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