Glo-sponsored CNN African Voices will this weekend feature Farida Bedwei, a software engineer who, despite her Cerebral Palsy disease, rose to become one of the most successful technologists in Africa.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1979, Farida Nana Efua Bedwei spent most of her childhood in Dominica, Grenada and the United Kingdom before her family moved to Ghana when she was nine.
Bedwei was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy when she was 10 days old. The disease is a medical condition usually caused by brain damage before or at birth that causes the loss of sensation or control of movement in the arms and legs.
She studied on her own at home until she was 12 years before she was formally enrolled at school. Determined not to let her physical condition constrain her dreams, Bedwei proceeded to acquire two diplomas and a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science.
Bedwei’s computer application, gKudi, is credited with revolutionizing the microfinance industry in Ghana by simplifying the processing and granting of credits to artisans in the country.