In Northern Nigeria, Online Skills Help Youth, Women Tap New Opportunities

Rashidat Sani lost her job when she was pregnant with her child.  Now a nursing mother, she has been unable to find flexible employment that would allow her to take care of her baby and earn a living.

That was before Sani attended the Click-On-Kaduna digital skills workshop earlier this year, which helped her become an “e-lancer;” a self-employed contractor who can work various online jobs.

900 Participants Benefit From Click-On Kaduna E-lance Workshop

Not less than 900 participants benefited from the Click-On Kaduna workshop organised by the Kaduna State government in partnership with Digital Naija. The three-day E-lance workshop, tagged Click-On Kaduna, was organised by the state government with the support of the World Bank and Rockefeller Foundation.

Kaduna Govt., World Bank train 900 youths on virtual economy

The Kaduna State Government in Partnership with Digital Naija on Tuesday commence a three-day training of 900 youth on the use of digital platforms to earn income. Muhammad Abdullahi, the Commissioner, Planning and Budget Commission, said during the opening ceremony in Kaduna that the training was supported by the World Bank.

Online Work Opens up New Opportunities for Nigerian Women

Like most of Northern Nigeria, Kaduna State grapples with endemic violence as well as high unemployment. In that context, it can be particularly hard for women to find jobs and make a living. Online freelancing platforms could help change the game by lifting many of the barriers that currently prevent Nigerian women from accessing more employment opportunities, such as isolation, instability, family obligations, etc.