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Onyinyechi Nmecha

About Me

Onyinyechi Nmecha is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Extraclass — a digital platform that offers a flexible, pocket-friendly, just in time conducive learning and teaching environment for individuals especially students from its library of hosted courses taught by expert instructors or by hiring professional home tutors, automated prep-test engine and school listing system, with or without internet connection. Extraclass.ng’s focus is on boasting educational productivity, increasing the standard of living, promoting Knowledge and skill acquisition as well as joining in the fight to drastically reduce unemployment in Africa.

Prior to building Extraclass, Onyinyechi was engaged with offline tutoring and provision of Extraclass(es) for kids, College students, course mates as well as other clients and friends both within and in distant locations. Part of what gave birth to building the Extraclass.ng platform is the increasing demand of Home tutors/tutoring in south eastern part of Nigeria as the idea was ignited due to more tutoring services request by her clients who wishes she renders her services from and to all parts of the country. Being a computer science undergraduate, she thought about how to leverage digital tools to solve this all important societal challenge.

Onyinyechi Nmecha has been referred to as one of the leading creative young female entrepreneurs/Technopreneurs focused on building household names leveraging Technology in Nigeria. The serial award winner has also worked as the Volunteer Mentor and Coach for DjangoGirls.org organization where she trains other young girls and women on software development, digital marketing, Data science and entrepreneurship.
Onyinyechi is the 2018/2019 best graduating student from the department of computer science, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, as a computer Science Major during her undergraduate days she has competed for so many Innovation challenge as well as has been nominated for several Technology and non-technology related awards including winning the NACOSS-VOGUEPAY Software Challenge during the 2017 Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) National Convention held in University of Uyo, winning the Taiwo Bankole N1, 000,000.00 Award during the Techtiary forum in 2017 organized by Paradigm initiative of Nigeria, First Runner up, Don Etibeth 2017 Innovation Challenge by the Nigeria Computer Society Lagos state chapter and many others for her efforts in building technology businesses from South-Eastern Nigeria.

Being a student member of the Nigeria Computer Society, She has had the opportunity to speak both at their national and international annual conferences. An opportunity which are given to a very privileged members of the association. Being a seasoned speaker, she has also spoken on diverse topics at several conferences, seminars and events especially where technology is involved.

Onyinyechi is currently driving the ship of the Nigeria Association of Computer science students, NACOSS as the National Vice President, The Women Lead for the Google Developers Group Awka (GDG-Awka) cum the founder of SHE-TECH-EAST — a girl-child oriented community focused on improving the welfare of south-eastern young girls and women, empowering her with Technology and digital Skills while also constantly seeking for ways to impact on every Nigerian youth through technology and innovation.

Onyinyechi was selected as a 2019 Alumunus of The Tony Elumelu Entreprenuership (TEF) program after reviewing how Extraclass can be used as a dual tool to boast educational productivity and drastically reduce unemployment in Africa.

In 2019, Onyinyechi was also selected as one of the two delegates who were shortlisted to represent Nigeria at the 2019 Grace Hopper Celebration – (the world’s largest gathering of women technologists) which happened between Oct. 1– 4 2019 in Orlando, FL. United States of America.

As a 2019 Grace Hopper Scholar, she has also been selected to join the application review team of the Grace Hopper Fellows.

Onyinyechi Nmecha is happily Married to Pascal Okeke

Awards & Recognitions

Awards

  • 2020 – GHC review committee Member.
  • 2020 – Best Graduating Student (Computer Science Department), Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.
  • 2019 – Youth Innovation Award by the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS)
  • 2019 – Super Woman Under-30 Awardee 2019
  • 2019  – 2019 Grace Hopper (GHC) Scholar.
  • 2019 – .ng Awards Nominee.
  • 2018 – .ng Awards Nominee.

Contests

  • 2019 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program Alumnus.
  • 2017 – NACOSS-VOGUEPAY Software Challenge
  • 2017 – Taiwo Bankole N1, 000,000.00 Award.
  • 2017 – First Runner up, Don Etibeth 2017 Innovation Challenge.
  • 2017 – Finalist, #StartupSouth’s Startup Challenge.
  • 2017 – Business Plan Challenge by the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Anambra State Chapter.

Positions

  • 2019 – National Vice President, Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students.
  • CEO & CoFounder, Extraclass Nigeria Limited (Extraclass.ng).
  • Coach, Startup Anambra.
  • WTM (Women Tech Makers) Lead, GDG Awka.
  • Founder, She Tech East.
  • 2018 – Female Cordinator, Nigeria Association of Computer Science Students (Nacoss) South-East.
  • 2018 –  Campus Director, HULT Prize Unizik

Media Mentions

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