THE YCEO: Farida Bedwei creates world’s first Cerebral palsy superhero - THE YCEO

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THE YCEO: Farida Bedwei creates world’s first Cerebral palsy superhero

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei, a Ghanaian software engineer, has shared the story behind her creation of a comic character with Cerebral palsy, with the BBC.

Farida Bedwei grew up loving superheroes but noticed there were never any with her condition, cerebral palsy. So she decided to create one herself.

Her comic book character ‘Karmzah’ which was created by Leti Arts gets her power from her crutches that she has to use for her cerebral palsy.

Farida told BBC Video journalists Thomas Naadi and Sulley Lansah, that she hopes her creation will improve social attitudes towards people with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Logiciel (Ghana) Ltd, a software company developing banking systems for the microfinance industry. Her role involves assessing the industry and coming up with practical solutions, which are easy to use by persons with no formal banking training. She believes the informal sector, which make up between 60%-70% of the population across Africa, deserve the same banking services as those in the formal sector. Thus by building affordable banking systems for them, the microfinance industry will be able to realize their full potential and offer adequate banking services to their customers.

Prior to co-founding Logiciel, Farida worked in the telecom software industry, developing mobile gateways and services for mobile networks and content providers.
Farida is also an author and a disability-rights advocate, and has been featured on many media platforms, notable amongst this is CNN African Voices in February 2015. She has also won a number of local and international awards, and was adjudged the most influential woman in business and governance (finance sector) for her work in computerizing the microfinance industry.

Farida is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum

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