Remarks for Consul General F. John Bray Official Opening of the Lady Labs Innovation Hub Founded by IVLP Alum Abisoye Ajayi

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen!

I am very pleased to be here in Yaba once again to support another chapter in our collective efforts to increase access to digital technology and technology-based entrepreneurship.

A couple of weeks ago, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria W. Stuart Symington opened one of Africa’s 10 Priority American Spaces here in Yaba. We hope that the space, hosted by CCHub, will further unleash the creativity of Nigeria’s burgeoning community of innovators.

Today, we are here for another landmark event ––the opening of the female-focused technovation hub ––the Lady Labs Innovation Hub. This center will cater specifically to the technological needs of girls from underserved communities who are learning STEM-related programs, female students enrolled in STEM fields of study in their universities, and female entrepreneurs who are driving their businesses with technology.

We are very pleased to support this brilliant idea, the brain-child of Ms. Abisoye Ajayi and her NGO, the Pearls Foundation. A member of the YALI network, Ms. Ajayi participated in the U. S. government’s flagship exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program, on the “Roles of Education and Activism for Young Women” in 2016.  She also attended the U. S. government sponsored TechCamp for young female leaders in technology in South Africa.

As the Lady Labs Innovation Hub joins the ranks of CCHub, Andela, and other leading incubators for advancement in social entrepreneurship, the U. S. Mission to Nigeria is proud to support the programs and individuals who are striving to place Nigeria at the forefront of technological innovation.

Now, I hereby declare the Hub open. Invent, transform, revolutionize, and make us proud!