Digital Peers International (DPI) is a not-for-profit NGO, founded in 1999 as a response to the ubiquitous with the goal of bridging the existing global digital-divide through Information and Communications Technology education and interest promotion, advocacy, skills acquisition and capacity building of the nation’s work-force, with particular reference to the vulnerable in the society (Women, Youth and Children) since year 2000.
Through various initiatives designed centers on ICT education, Advocacy, Capacity Building, Entrepreneurship, Volunteering and Mentoring, DPI has impacted over 10,000 individuals and successfully raised ICT the bar in developing manpower with requisite skills and capacity from within Nigeria and some African countries.
To achieve our dream of ICT development, DPI will execute these core mandates which are:-
Organize DIGITEST (Nigeria and Abroad) as an annual ICT based camp and competition for children and youth between age 8 – 25 in many countries and during summer vacation with emphasis on the development of quality youth leadership, promotion of role models in youth issues and inculcating Godly values in the participants.
This program being the flagship of DPI since 2000 has continued to create an avenue for teaching young people basic ICT skills as well as a number of social values of integrity, respect for life, dignity of labour, appreciation of our culture and such related virtues.
DIGITEST camp with the main objective of content creation on the internet has gradually become an advocacy drive bring to force, many developmental issues which have come to bear directly and indirectly on the economy of the continent. With increasing participant over the years, the program has continued to wield a lot of influence increasing parental and institutional interest in ICT as well as better interaction and collaboration among children on the continent on International ICT projects.
GICT: celebrating the Girls in ICT day, Digital Peers International organizes a program where young secondary schools’ girls are encouraged, and inspired to develop interest in ICT and thus choose a career in the ICT industry.
WIB: Women in Business initiative is a gender-based program where young women are trained in ICT such that they are able to use the latest technologies to enhance and create a conducive environment for their business growth. The Women in Business initiative is organized a-couple of times each year.
Create World Class Digital Resource Center (DRC) for children and youth where state of the art resources would be made available for education and youth development in Africa.
Run weekly television/radio series (PULSE) for ICT development to teach basic ICT Tolls to people who otherwise would not have access to such training as they watch/listen to the program. This will not only disseminate knowledge of ICT application but also serve as avenue to solicit for computers and ICT accessories for poor and needy communities in Africa.
Network with other similar organizations at community level, national, sub-regional, and global platforms for fighting such ills as corruption, promoting good governance and encouraging responsible citizenry in Africa using ICT.
Collaboration with international agencies, universities research centers and such like to raise funds to defend, support and facilitate projects in deprived areas in Africa with major focus on the education of youth and children as well as organize international exchange programs for the children.
CO-FOUNDER & CEO
Mrs. Ibukun Odusote
Mrs. Ibukun Odusote is a Nigerian Civil Servant in IT and administration. She was the first administrative contact person for the .ng top level Nigerian domain name. She has served as the Permanent Secretary for the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and for the Political Affairs Department in the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government. Odusote was born in Ikenne-Remo in Ogun State in Nigeria. She was educated at St. Teresa’s College, Oke-Ado Ibadan in Oyo State. After obtaining her school certificate, she attended Obafemi Awolowo University. She graduated in Computer Science and Economics. Later at Lagos University, she earned an MBA and an MSc. From 1995 to 1998, she was the Director of the Centre for Information Technology and Management at Yaba College of Technology.
She was appointed to be the Permanent Secretary to Akinwumi Adesina at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Whilst she was there, the Minister won prizes for the revolution he was making in Nigerian Agriculture. National Coordinator and Founder of Digital Peers International, organizers of DIGITEST an Annual ICT Camp for children between the ages 8-18 years. She has been actively involved in DIGITEST since the inception in the year 2000 and participated in trainings, served as the major brain and organizer behind every year’s event and development of ICT capabilities in children and youths, empowering children and youth through Information and Communications Technology.
She is married to the Reverend Adeolu Odusote and they have a daughter. The couple are both senior figures in the Foursquare Church in Abuja.
Board of Trustees
DPI is being governed by a 7-man Board of Trustees, an Executive Board and number of carefully sought out individuals as advisers, who guide the association based on their level of experience, either in management, information technology, gender issues or children care related.
Mrs. Ibukun Odusote
CEO & Co-Founder
Prof. Placid Njoku
Engr. Adeolu Odusote
Mr. Femi Okanlawon
Engr. Toyin Jokosenumi
Mr. John Momoh
THE CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Mrs. Omojola Funmilola
Mrs. Funmilola Victoria Omojola, a loving mother, Techpreneuer and ICT Consultant. She is an active Member of Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and a Member of National Executive Council in Nigeria Women in Information Technology (NIWIIT). She is very passionate about impacting ICT skills among Children, Youth and Women.
Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer at Digital Peers International, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the primary purpose of promoting interest in ICT among children, youth and women (able and disabled).