KEPSEU MARTHE BEATRICE - Born in 1975, I began my journey through life. After leaving home at age 18, I decided to enroll at the National High Polytechnic School Yaoundé in 1993. From there, I quickly realized that I loved
KEPSEU MARTHE BEATRICE – Born in 1975, I began my journey through life. After leaving home at age 18, I decided to enroll at the National High Polytechnic School Yaoundé in 1993.
From there, I quickly realized that I loved Electricity. Soon I made a decision that I am going to study to become an Electrical Engineer. After my graduation, I started working at Switch Telecom Engineering where I was so devoted to the point of being named first woman in Central Africa asSenior Manager of Operations and Maintenance in MTN Cameroon, a Telecommunication Operator. During my stay at MTN Cameroon, I participated in the implantation and growth of the first private telecommunications company from the first to the seven millionth subscriber, as much as from the 1st to the 800th employee. I have attended many training sessions in Management and Leadership, during my 17 years of dutiful service. This has successfully driven people (staff, vendors, contractors…) to believe in their dreams and
guided them towards greater achievements. I am currently the Co-founder of a startup company 'Powerlink' which provide subcontracting services to Operator and HES KABLO Central Africa Representative distributor of Telecommunication , Fibers , Data and Powers Cables .
In 2014, I was selected as the best candidate of TECHWOMEN 2014, a state awards from the U.S. Department of State distinguishing leading Women in the field of Technology who have an impact in their country. I live and breathe volunteerism. I believe that everyone can give back to the community
and dedicate hours to events in life that call for empathy. Breathing volunteerism, through ‘’Technovation Challenge Cameroon’, I push many creative and young women to dare technology and science, usually considered the man's world. Exposing these vibrant and talented girls to computer science and entrepreneurship at an early stage through the designing and programming of a mobile application, we do not only inspire many girls to be better versions of themselves with technology, we as well connect them to their role models, who hitherto give them knowledge for free, by sharing their enriching experiences of creating their very own high-tech product, thus empower them. With a group of women, we have created ‘’INNOV-LADIES’’ to educate young girls and boys on how to make excellent use of Information and Communication Technologies. ‘INNOV-LADIES’’ believes that to close the gender technology gap, we have to inspire girls to pursue computer science by exposing them to real life and on screen role models.
WHAT FUELS ME?
Determination, Passion and Perseverance are keys words for me when faced with business challenges. My passion for innovative ideas on technology has always been my driving force. I can share my experiences and innovative ideas on how to master this technology and as well as learn from others anytime.
My determination is what enables me to reach my set goals in every project I am in engaged in, and circumstance that I may find myself. There are always “valleys, hills and plateau” levels in everything we do in life…favorable, trying and difficult moments; and it is only through perseverance we can attain our goals. To me, Perseverance is my “icing on the
MY GREATEST INFLUENCE:
My father has been of great inspiration to me. His values and principles greatly shaped my character and gave me the drive I needed to evolve and push forward. Some of these values he taught me are hard work, honesty and happiness. As the last child of my family who lost the machinery of the home (my mother) , my father's love and support made me who I am today. I remember he constantly reminded me to respect everyone regardless of who he or she is, saying that we came to this world naked and naked we shall return to the bosom of the earth.
MY TOP THREE ROLE MODELS:
My role model is my mother. She was the strongest person I knew. She passed away when I was at the University but I hold enviable memories of her dedication, hardwork, love, and respect. Our house was always like a Church full of many thirsty Christians, in search of the word for the mind and the spirit, due to our mother's way of being. I learn from my mum that there is more to giving than receiving.
IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS…..
I started my career with a PanAfrican company based in South Africa called MTN and I was among the first employees at MTN Cameroon and I helped to build the company from scratch to grace with my daily efforts to see it grow.
Having started my own company ‘’POWERLINK’ , I sub-contract for other companies in Africa.
Our daily experiences build us strong enough to specialise in planning, integration, implementation of Solutions, tailor- made solution provider, any other services depending on the needs and the market's evolution. We as well largely distribute quality telecommunications equipment , data and power. I envisage owning a network charged with the responsibility of deploying SOLAR affordable Solutions that will provide energy for rural areas in every home in the next coming five years. In all this my husband, my true partner does all to give me the necessary support.
THE AFRICAN WOMAN’S CHALLENGE:
African women face challenges in so many areas of life. We can list sex / gender discrimination in education, different professions and decision making. African women are more or less considered based on certain traditional believes and customs as “baby ponders and fit just to stay at home, cook for the man and take of children.” Her attempt to emerge or step into the limelight or forefront of affairs is more or less regarded as a sort “rebellion’’. Most African women found in rural suburbs, in most African countries, do not have voting rights. These ills are just a few among numerous ills; early or forceful marriages, girl child circumcision, domestic violence, lack of economic empowerment schemes or nonexistent economic revenue… and the list goes on and on.
I am working with young girls in other to educate the girl child on the importance of computer science through practical demonstrations, and how this can solve immediate community challenges, facilitate job creation and economic prosperity. With INNOV-LADIES, we will organize forums of female experts and professional in the STEM fields, company executives, entrepreneurs… towards encouraging young girls in the field of technology, engineering and entrepreneurship.
WHAT I DO TO RELAX:
During my days at the university, I was managing the swimming club. Members of the club were surprised that I was going to be their swimming teacher. I was a young girl and this is not common in Africa to see a small girl managing a club of such. But they were obliged to change their mind when they saw me on the swimming pool swimming like a fish. Up till today some of them still call me swimming teacher. Swimming is my favorite activity for relaxation..
Sometimes, I also watch comedy movie.
MY – I.C.E. [INSPIRE|CELEBRATE|EMPOWER] VISION
African women should be Inspired, Celebrated and empowered because African country cannot develop without her. She is the motherhood and the foundation of our family. When women have the possibility to see that there is somewhere other women are capable of excelling, they get inspired and this breaks the “mould” of inferiority/gender complex. She is so inspired by her and would like to celebrate her and be empowered.
MY AFRICAN UNION PLANS:
I would love to work in the Education sector. My belief is that an Educated Woman is an Empowered Woman. I will like to advocate on any initiative to encourage young girls to pursue school. Good education provide to young girl,it is a likely hope and a golden opportunity for the girl child, especially in the rural areas, to change this status quo and become woman technologist and entrepreneur towards the attainment of economic prosperity.
FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE:
The advice I have for the African Woman, is to tell her to stand up and occupy her rightful position as the first educator of the family and a nation builder. Work hand in glove with her husband to upgrade the standard of living of the family.
They have to engage in more challenging fields where the gender gap is wide, take up more community development and charity programs to create an image worthy of its kind and for the advancement of her community.
The African woman must try to be at the forefront of politics in her nation, fight for political positions to having access to decision making organs and exert her influence towards ameliorating gender parity, for a better nation building.