Introducing Myself

Emily Miki
Posted December 13, 2015 from Cameroon

Hi fellow members,

I am Emilia Epeti Miki, aged 27 and a Cameroonian. I am the founder of Denis Miki Foundation, a nonprofit charity organisation led by youths in Cameroon. I am more than delighted to join the Technology and Innovation group since I strongly believe that technology and constant innovations are need for attaining development goals in our different communities.

I am very passionate about technological things, which was the reason why I had as primary desire to study engineering. But then been from a typical African/Cameroonian family where the intelligent ones are believed to study and become medical doctors. I had to take my university course in Nursing which I was to continue after my BSc Degree to medicine. But after obeying family orders and desires, I had to change my course of study at the masters level to International Relations; speciality International Communications and Public Action. While at IRIC I had a classmate who left school in the second year after reading Think and Gorw Rich to take online courses and he is now a webmaster(www.blogvisa.com). From him I started receiving mentorship and training and became a blogger(www.starEblog.com) and through the blogging experience this last year I have upgraded form a technological novice to a web designer.

During these period, I realised that there are many youths most especially young girls like myself out there who have such desires to be Tech Youths or Girls. But in our communities this is very limited since first there are no Tech Schools or Centers for them to take trainings. So we have a project called the DMF Tech Center to Technologically Empower Youths, Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Widows. To teach them basic computer skills, coding and other technological programs. We are hoping to get funds to get the project on ground.

Presently we have created online communities that will give opportunity for secondary school students to practice blogging and gain free blogging trainings.

PS. I forgot to mention that I created an Android app for World Pulse which is presently on the Google Play Store. I am presently Editting my post and replying to comments from the app.

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Hummingbird
Dec 14, 2015
Dec 14, 2015

Dear Emily,

Thank you so much for letting us know you and your wonderful work. I am glad that you kept on trying to do what you are seeking, and I do understand how our families might interfere in steering our paths, yet still when we hear the music of our hearts we never deviate. I hope that you would post more about different opportunities and trainings you are conducting in your country.

Your work to empower yotuhs and women technologically is amazing, keep up the great work sister.

Emily Miki
Dec 27, 2015
Dec 27, 2015

Hi HB, Hope I can call you that. I am glad cos your comment gives me a new slogan. Indeed I am going to be that drop of rain to revive our earth.

Mairi-Jane Fox
Dec 15, 2015
Dec 15, 2015

Pleased to meet you, Emily!

Wow you are doing inspiring work! Your story about the obligations you experienced in your education due to how smart you are... and then you're choice to break free and become a women who empowers other women is so incredible! The experience of feeling pressure from family to make certain career choices really resonates with me too. I feel ya, sister!  

I agree with you that we need more chances for girls to become tech savvy since technology can be such a gateway to change and power! (We need that in the USA for women, too.)

I wish you so much luck with your project - that funding is swift, simple, and easy to find. (Or at least shows up some how!) 

Will you be publishing any of the blogs written by the secondary school girls?

So much luck & love to you,

Mairi-Jane

Emily Miki
Dec 27, 2015
Dec 27, 2015

Hi MJ, I am happy we share a similar experience of family influences over our career choices.My work on the blog has been very slow lately but hopefully I take off with more speed if my uncle gives me the laptop he promised me today or tomorrow. Then I will also make sure I post the blogs of secondary school girls, since I have plans of getting them volunteer with us and as such take blogging skills at the same time.

DeborahEdward
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 16, 2015

Dear Emily,

Thanks so much for sharing your story about how you got into technology as a tool for change. And for the initiative it must have taken to begin the Denis Miki Foundation in Camaroon.  The power of youth - to see the world, to share their experiences, to embody hope for change - is huge. Tapping into this power, through technology and through your foundation work, will be an intense experience for you. Best of luck in your work - and I hope that World Pulse has resources to help you think about ways to be really successful with your team!

Emily Miki
Dec 27, 2015
Dec 27, 2015

Hi Deborah, indeed World Pulse is knowledge-packed sincey one year as a member here has greatly increased my skills and takenbme to new levels like becoming an Associate Fellow of the Royal CommonWealth Society, a One Young World Ambassador among other new opportunities.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

Wow Dear Emily You are surely doing a great job and may continue to help your community especially the young girls. Technology is the future and we need to embrace. If more girls can learn how to code am sure that women in your country will be empowered.

Krysie Bright
Dec 21, 2015
Dec 21, 2015

Way to go, Emily!

It sounds like you are defiently moving in the right direction! We really do need more women and young people in engineeering and technology. 

Your story of you moving away from the belief that you would have to become a medical doctor is inspiring. 

Keep following your own path and building bridges for others to follow!

Krysie

Emily Miki
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 30, 2015

Thanks Krysie... Cheers

Emily Miki
Dec 30, 2015
Dec 30, 2015

Thanks for the encouraging words dear Mrs Kiddu. God bless my hussle I will make impact.