Disadvantaged girls change their communities by learning to code

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Sharon Okpoe has lived her entire 17 years in Makoko—known as the world’s largest “floating slum”—built on a lagoon in Lagos, Nigeria.

Rickety shacks stand on stilts in the polluted water. Canoes are required transportation through the maze of narrow canals. Okpoe’s father is a fisherman, and her mother sells smoked fish, eking out a living on the fringes of Africa’s largest city.
Lagos has a thriving economy built on oil, finance and manufacturing. And the city is now considered Nigeria’s Silicon Valley, with Facebook and Google opening offices there earlier this year.

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