Nigerian Tech Wonder Woman Ebi Atawodi Joins LEGO Group’s Board of Directors

By Duchess Magazine

Danish construction toy production giant, The LEGO Group, has recently appointed Nigerian tech innovator Ebi Atawodi to its Board of Directors. This move, announced on Thursday, marks a significant step for both Atawodi and LEGO, showcasing the company’s commitment to innovation and diversity.

Atawodi, currently the Director of Product Management at Google overseeing Creator experience and YouTube studio, brings over a decade of experience in digital technology, communications, and product strategy to the LEGO board. Her impressive career includes roles at notable companies such as Netflix, Uber, and Etisalat (now 9mobile), where she has demonstrated a knack for driving impactful initiatives.

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Atawodi’s childhood was characterized by international experiences due to her father’s career in the Nigerian Air Force. She pursued her education in the United Kingdom, studying Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Nottingham and earning a master’s degree in computer science from Imperial College, London.

Atawodi’s career trajectory reflects her passion for innovation and creativity. She began as a software engineer before transitioning to roles that allowed her to lead and shape digital products and strategies. Notably, during her time at Uber, she played a pivotal role in expanding the company’s presence in Nigeria, introducing cash payments for riders in Lagos and driving significant growth in both supply and demand.

LEGO Group’s decision to appoint Atawodi underscores its commitment to embracing diverse perspectives and fostering innovation. Thomas Kirk Kristiansen, Chair of the LEGO A/S Board of Directors, expressed excitement about Atawodi’s appointment, highlighting her wealth of experience and her alignment with LEGO’s values of creativity, learning, and sustainability.

At just 33 years old, Ebi Atawodi’s career has recorded remarkable achievements and the impact she has already made in the tech industry is outstanding. She is an inspiration to young Africans and women in tech, showcasing the endless possibilities that come with dedication, innovation, and a passion for making a difference.

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