About us

Words That Count is an initiative that documents stories of successful African women in STEM fields to present the various prospects on the STEM spectrum to young girls mapping their careers in STEM. 

The scarcity of female role models in the STEM field makes it hard to close the gender gap. Knowing such women personally might be hard but having a media platform where many of them can be found for reference mitigates the challenge. While compiling their stories, the women featured realize how far they have come on their journey and are encouraged to scale greater heights. This platform also inadvertently helps these women overcome impostor syndrome as they retrospect on their STEM journey.

Mission

To promote STEM among African women and girls through story-sharing, confidence-building, and projection of all possible career paths on the STEM spectrum for those passionate about STEM.

Vision

To be the ideal builders of a STEM-oriented Africa which is intentional about providing quality education to young women and girls and uplifting them to pursue their dream careers in STEM.

Mission

To promote STEM among African women and girls through story-sharing, confidence-building, and projection of all possible career paths on the STEM spectrum for those passionate about STEM.

Vision

To be the ideal builders of a STEM-oriented Africa which is intentional about providing quality education to young women and girls and uplifting them to pursue their dream careers in STEM.

What we value

Integrity

We maintain honesty and transparency in the stories featured to bring out a realistic picture to our target audience.

Diversity

We appreciate and respect African women from different cultural and economic backgrounds.

Support for women

We delight in helping African women rise above the stereotypes imposed by culture and society.

Professionalism

We care about every aspect of what we do and work to maintain the high standards we set

STEM Advocacy

We proudly amplify the voice of STEM in Africa and work to attract more women into it.

Our awesome team

Winnie Nakiyingi

Founder

Winnie Nakiyingi is a Statistician from Kampala-Uganda, with a passion for Education and Research. Coming from a STEM background, she is interested in developing business ideas that contribute to SDG’s 4&5 with a STEM lens. Winnie received her earlier education in Uganda under the sponsorship of Starcross Community from the United States of America, until bachelors level where she pursued a degree in Economics and Statistics from Makerere University in Uganda. She then secured a full master’s scholarship at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). She also received scholarships for a research-based master’s degree at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. Winnie has working experience from Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and Rwanda, in different STEM-related positions. All this experience, plus Winnie’s discomfort as a young girl in a science class with only 5% females raised questions about how she could contribute to achieving quality education and gender equality in the African STEM sphere. In her own words, “Owing to my gender, I was perceived by society as incapable of amounting to much. With my background, I, unfortunately, didn’t know any women pursuing what I was passionate about as a career so I internalized this fear.” Not wanting this to be the case for another girl after her, Winnie founded Words That Count.

Linda Mwesigwa

Chief Editor

Linda is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution and Coexistence at Brandeis University, on a scholarship by the Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarships Program (JJWBGSP).

She has six years of experience in managing Partnerships and Communications. She has interacted with development partners, academia, and Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) in advocacy campaigns, dialogues (high level and community), research and policy design processes in the reproductive health and environment sectors. She has facilitated capacity-building programs in project management, communications, and environment monitoring and co-hosts Dopamine Podcast with three friends. Linda holds a Bachelor of Microfinance from Kyambogo University and is writing her thesis for a Master of Public Administration at the Uganda Management Institute. She is working towards joining the climate change negotiations space.

Kweku Yamoah

Editor

Kweku Yamoah is currently a lecturer of mathematics at the NCUK Accra International Study Centre, a member of the NCUK Global Network. Having graduated from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), he shares their ultimate belief that students learn best when they visualize concepts and procedures and independently think of new and exciting ways of presenting them. In the five years that he has been a mathematics educator, he has always fused computer-based processes, where necessary, into his lectures and tutorial sessions to maximize the hands-on and experimental pathways that mathematics offers. He believes that a healthy imaginative mind is the student’s greatest asset and stops at nothing to help them cultivate such a habit. Guiding students and individuals to realise the innumerable abilities and opportunities available to them in both STEM and related fields is his passion. His passion, also, to see mathematics delivered the best way possible has seen him provide mentorship and tutorial sessions for students who have contested in the International Mathematics Olympiad and the African Mathematics Olympiad.

In pursuit of Benvenuto Cellini’s well-rounded man, Kweku is a fitness enthusiast who enjoys going to the gym, running, football, singing, and believes at one time he wanted to join the army. He likes to write and edit essays of students and help them apply for college programs, especially in STEM. He currently lives at Tema, a famous metropolis in the capital city of Ghana through which the Greenwich Meridian runs southwards and which is not so far from the center of the Earth.

Marvin Serunjogi

Lead Designer

Marvin Serunjogi is a Brand Strategist based in Uganda, Kampala, with branding and digital expertise. He focuses on boosting business/organizational transformation and growth through collaborative brand strategy with design thinking. Marvin is a multi-disciplined designer who practices a collaborative approach to problem-solving for businesses and organizations through design. He has expertise in a range of disciplines including Strategy, Branding, UI/UX Design, Web Design, Identity Systems Design, Visual Design, Digital and Print Publications. He graduated from Makerere University in Kampala with a bachelor’s degree in computer science

Yara Victória Mabuie

Lead Representative

Yara is currently a market researcher of minerals at the Mozambique Energy Intelligence. She shares her content with ENERMINA, a market of mines, energy, environment, and agriculture. She has a degree in geological and mining engineering but discovered her great passion for hydrocarbon geology. She is so good at it that her first research was on the Mazenga block, which is currently the subject of work.

Yara has a great passion for writing; she was a writer on the “children’s school books” project at the NGO Progress. She is also a screenwriter on the “one film per district” project. She likes to let people know that she’s a feminist, and has a different definition of women that society doesn’t. Yara believes that supporting women doesn’t mean that women should rebel against men, but rather give voice to both men and women. Society cannot grow if it does not educate both, since they both live in the same society.

Ann Chepkoech

Swahili Representative

Ann is a graduate in Mathematics with experience in Data Analysis and also a young upcoming Data Scientist. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Life Sciences (Biostatistics) at the University of Helsinki with part time studies in Data science. Ann is also a MasterCard Foundation scholar. She is  currently participating in Longitudinal cohort studies with MasterCard and one of the Jim Leech scholars on entrepreneurship. Her research interest mainly lies in coming up with methods and statistical tools in clinical trials and cancer research, survival analysis, statistical prediction and genomic data analysis.

Riham Kamal Ibrahim Ahmed

Arabic Representative

Riham is a Senior Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in Mathematical Education Studies in Sudan. She did her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at the University of Khartoum in Sudan. She then received a full master’s scholarship at the University of Cape Coast in Ghana with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Riham also received a scholarship from Organization for Women in Science in the Developing World (OWSD) to do her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her research studies focused on the link between Mechanical Engineering and Cell Biology to Mathematical Analysis and Computational Modeling. She is one of the researchers focusing on Mathematical and Computational Modeling of Cellular Biomechanics worldwide.

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