#TFAAspotlight: Rasheeda Mandeeya is tech guru Africa needs for progressive development

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Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza is a Ghanaian software engineer working at VOTO Mobile – a company that amplifies the voice of the voiceless via a mobile phone notification and survey platform.

She was exposed to computers at the tender age of 8 while growing up in Ghana. She followed up on her passion to become an expert in the field of computing and leverage on technology in providing innovative solutions to tech related problems.

Rasheeda Yehuza graduated with a B.Sc in Computer Science from the Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology in 2013. She was an Mphil student of Computer Science also at the Kwame Nkurumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Her Work:

Rasheeda is an innovative woman and has contributed greatly to the emerging tech sphere of Ghana.

In October 2011, she created SnapSO Shutdown Manager; a windows program that allows you to set the time you would want your computer to shut down, restart, hibernate or log off.

In November of the same year, she created the SnapSo web browser. The browser does pretty much what every other browser can do.

Rasheeda Yehuza, alongside, Tagoe Ronald, Samuel Nana Twum Quansah, Alloysius Attah, Francis Addai, Robert Okine, Christopher Amanor, Godfred Aboagye, Anthony Acquah and Pierre Brunache Jr created a windows 8 and windows phone app for mFriday – A mobile and web laboratory in Ghana.

Between January 2012 – May 2012, she built Buju Hunt Game; a role-playing 3D game for her computer science mini project while in her 3rd year at the University.

From September 2012 – April 2013, she created SmartTxT; her final year computer science project. SmartTxt helps to improve information dissemination among students and lecturers, professors, lecturers and administration on campus.

Between October 2012 – 2014, she co- founded Click Trade Ghana with Christopher AmanorShe. This is an online platform which connect buyers and sellers in Ghana. She also managed the product’s development, direction, team and business strategy.

In June 2013, she Co-founded Tech Needs Girls Ghana. Tech Needs Girls is an annual interactive one-day workshop for girls in Senior Secondary Schools in Ghana. The essence of this workshop is to teach girls how to develop mobile and web applications and also interact with software that helps them understand STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education).

In August 2013, she founded Nasara Tech Ltd. She worked as Technology Lead at the Kumasi based firm in Ghana. Her achievements and job roles include setting up the strategy and vision for the tech firm, crafting viable strategies in marketing and sales of Nasara Tech’s products. She also maintained the company’s websites and products and helped to manage the technical especially on website development.

In May 2015, she worked with Wendel Laryea to create the Nasara Election System; a web-based election system that electronically simulates electrical voting processes.

At VOTO Mobile in Ghana, she is responsible for designing web frontend components, managing frequent VOTO’s bi-weekly sprint testing and release process and programme web applications to run the VOTO system. She also develops computer interfaces to run the GSM mobile telephone system. She was among the team at VOTO that invented a technology which provides interactive voice content surveys in local dialect.

Here are her achievements and awards:

  • In January 2015, she became a Kumvana Fellow at Engineers Without Borders, Canada.
  • In March 2015, she became a Mandela Washington Fellow in Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Nevada-Reno from June to August in U.S.A.
  • In December 2015, she emerged winner of The Future Awards Africa in Technology.
  • She was listed as one of Ghana’s new tribe, The Future Awards Africa, Ghana edition in 2018.

She is also actively involved in youth development in Ghana. She is an organiser, mentor and member of GhanaThink Foundation Program; a youth led NGO focused on harnessing diverse talents of Ghanaians at home and diaspora.

Rasheeda Yehuza is the future!

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