Victoria Yorke, African Student, head shot

World Computer Exchange sat down with Victoria Yorke, a 16 year old tech prodigy with her own startup, DCAP.  She describes herself on LinkedIn as “a Full stack developer// WordPress developer// Tech Trainer// and Top 100 Young Change Makers in West Africa. I bring a keen eye for design and a passion for delivering seamless user experiences to every project I work on.”

Q: How did you get involved with World Computer Exchange?

A: It all started in 2021. I had always represented my school in various activities. One day, my principal called me and told me that the ministry had requested a female student from our school to participate in an online training. She wanted me to represent the school, as I had done before. Fortunately for me, the online training was organized by World Computer Exchange for 16 girls. I was privileged to be one of them.

Q: How did you get inspired to work with technology?

A: I’ve always been interested in technology since I was a child. I’ve always tried my best to keep up with the trends and know what’s going on in the tech world. However, I never had access to the resources to learn more. Meeting World Computer Exchange and having the privilege to learn from them brought me a lot of joy. It inspired me to focus on technology, and I made up my mind to be determined and consistent in my learning. For me, determination, consistency, and passion are key watchwords.

Q: How do you think you can inspire other young girls who are interested in tech?

A: I believe I can inspire them through determination and consistency, as well as by talking to them and paying it forward. Encouraging them is key. Additionally, I can inspire them by providing training and reaching out to more young people, especially girls, to help them understand the importance of technology. It’s essential for everyone to learn tech skills to keep up with the trends of life. Technology is the language of the 21st century, and it’s something we all need to master.

Q: What are some barriers that you’ve faced not only as a young woman who wants to work in tech, but being so young and working with computers?

A: Currently, I use my older sister’s laptop, but soon she will need it back. I’m not sure how I will get one of my own. I started with my phone, but I’ve reached a point where it’s no longer sufficient for what I’m doing. This is a challenge that many other teenagers also face—they need support and access to resources. Another barrier I face is people’s perception of my age. In job searches, I often encounter skepticism because I’m a young girl, and people question whether I can do the work.

Q: Tell me about your startup. What is it and what is the vision behind it?

A: The organization is called DCAP. DCAP is a non-profit entity that provides counseling and support services for Gen Z, in addition to digital inclusion advocacy and support. Our mission is to help Gen Z discover their voices and live mentally healthy lives, while also advocating for digital inclusion to ensure they stay abreast of modern-day trends and technologies. The vision is to help Gen Z grow mentally healthy, find their voices, build their confidence, and focus on fulfilling their purposes irrespective of age, while also enhancing their technological proficiency.

Q: Do you have anything you would like to say to the teenagers in the world interested in tech?

A: I would say that teenagers should be given the opportunity to prove themselves, to choose whichever skills they want to learn, and to have access to the resources they need. Teenagers, especially in Africa, lack support in this area. They need a lot of support—in terms of resources, mentorship, community building, and job opportunities. This lack of support can be really discouraging.

Personally, I have faced and am still facing these challenges. When I talk to some of my peers about tech, they often ask, “Victoria, how much are you making? What’s your salary?” While I try to emphasize that it’s not always about the money, they still need financial support to continue pursuing their interests.

This is a significant issue, especially here in Nigeria. Despite these challenges and obstacles, I want to encourage teenagers to keep going. Look towards the future and continue pursuing your passion in tech, no matter the difficulties you face.