Nigerian appointed chief digital officer in Rwandan bank

Obinna Ukwuani, a Nigerian of Igbo extraction has been appointed as the chief digital officer of the Bank of Kigali in Rwanda.

This was announced by the bank in a statement in Rwandan media on Tuesday Morning.

The New Times of Rwanda reported that Ukwuani replaced Regis Rugemanshuro in June.

He is been tasked to lead the bank’s Digital Factory Division for product innovation and development in digital banking.

Ukwuani grew up in Washington DC where he had his high school diploma graduated with a degree in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the United States with experiences in software, agriculture processing and education sectors.

In October 2011, he launched Exposure Robotics Academy – one of Nigeria’s first high-profile STEM education programmes – in Lagos.

It was designed as a five-week residential program aimed at teaching creative problem solving, engineering principles, and programming to high school students during the summer.

Within three years, the academy coached up to 113 students from 17 states across Nigeria and Ghana on how to code and build robots, some of whom have since gained scholarships into American universities and are just as determined to further the teaching of STEM back home.

In January 2018, he partnered with the Bank of Kigali to launch Makers Robotics Academy Rwanda, the first-ever robotics Bootcamp in the country. The programme hosted 40 Rwandan high school students on an intensive three-week course facilitated by MIT students.