CAFEW Inspiration: Interview with Stella Uzochukwu


Stella Uzochukwu, Program Director    Odyssey Educational Foundation, Abuja, Nigeria

How did your journey to study Engineering begin? What inspired you initially?

My journey into engineering was clear cut from my quest of wanting to know more. I kept asking how electricity was generated. My inspiration came from one of my uncles who is an Electrical Engineer with me consistently asking how he does wiring and never gets a shock. I also wanted to show off that I could hold an electrical wire with a tester placed on any part of my body and the tester glow. It was really important because I wanted to know how that happens.

What does your family feel about your profession? 

My family feels great and proud of me. When I was a lot younger, my father would boast to his friend that I just figured out the electrical fault in the house and mention that there is light in the house courtesy of me. Once I got married, my husband understood my passion and has been very supportive. He encouraged me to further my study in a different Country other than ours in order to get more experience working and thriving in an international environment.

Are you a member of the CAFEW Facebook group? If so, for how long and active are you in the group?

Yes, I am but I must confess that I am not active.

How has CAFEW contributed positively to your social and professional life? Please advise on areas of improvement. 

I have read inspirational stories of women of exploit on CAFEW facebook group page and I must say that it has contributed positively to making me want to aim higher.

What were your challenges in securing a job? What tips do you have to encourage others in job search?

I did not have much challenging securing a job as a fresh graduate. I got myself busy in my local church as it was a big one. The church always had the need to replaces various items which includes but not limited to fluorescent tube choke, starter, servicing the fans, wires for new extension and I was there to provide that service. At the same time, I was doing all it took by applying for jobs online using my skills as search criteria which gave me an edge and I got one in no time with a telecom firm as a switch Engineer.

How best would you suggest young Female Engineers navigate their careers?

With great confidence and esteem, you are not inferior. Hard work and perseverance gets you there.

How did you deal with the technical knowledge disparity that happens amongst females in engineering roles?

For me disparity was as a result of lack of hard work and confidence and with that as my foundation, I scaled through as so many others.

What currently motivates you in your recent job?

My current job motivates me a lot because am ensuring a narrowing of the digital divide and a brain gain for our digital natives.

What does work life balance mean to you?

I know what it means being able to balance work and other life expectation like family, leisure and play well but I am not doing so well with this but and learning to balance them as that is what would bring stability to the center.

What are your expectations on the evolution of Engineering in the near future?

I know this cannot be overemphasized. I really do not think I can imagine it because technology is evolving faster than I imagined but we are trying to ensure our community is not so far behind.

What do you wish you could have done better? What advice would you give your younger self and why?

I wish I had acquired more skills especially while working I would have not relented learning more. Your current place or job is a passage so do not act as if that is your destination. I believe I would have achieved better now if I had put in a little more effort.

Provide a personal quote to motivate others.

Your shadow determines the light in you.


CAFEW is happy to celebrate, encourage, and motivate Female Engineers and other Females who enable success in Engineering.

“Talent is unique to each person so it is highly necessary to nurture it. Dream big, work hard consistently, develop skills continuously, volunteer, read & research always to increase your knowledge bank and most of all pray always.” – Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW founder


Napa Valley Trip: Wonderful Wedding and Winery

Traveling for work or fun is an amazing experience that keeps me going. Napa Valley is located north of San Pablo in California. As soon as I arrived this beautiful place, I knew I would enjoy the environment. My trip was for 5days and I just had to make the best out of it. I had the opportunity in between to tour around San Francisco (


Bride: Chijioke Ogbonna and Myself: Ngowari Diminas

You can see this lovely photo of myself and the bride. One of my best photos taken at the wedding ceremony. My friend was getting married and I was excited with all the travel plans coming to reality. I met up with friends on the first night and we started out by talking about old times.


The sunny day encouraged us to have more fun during rehearsals for the wedding.


The bridal shower was mega fun!!! We had a good laugh.


On that beautiful day, the bride gave us the challenge coin and other gifts as appreciation for encouragement. This coin is usually given to a battalion by their commander as a symbol of encouragement and support while getting ready for the big day!!! The bride is an Engineer and of course I am always proud of Female Engineers all over the world.


We all enjoyed chatting, taking pictures, making up, getting selfies, updating our social media accounts…lol…It was awesome!!!!


The Iconic Grape Crusher Statue!!!The statue is approximately 20ft tall. You can simply see the beauty of Art & Engineering display such a magnificent attraction.


Chioma, Wobia, Nneka, Patricia & Ngowari

The bridal party took pictures at the top of the hill close to the iconic grape crusher statue. The pictures were breathtaking and it was just awesome to view some parts of the town from the top.


Everyone is looking so classy and beautiful!


My sister and friends had the time to stop by the popular Napa Valley sign.


After that, they went to do a tour at the wonderful Castello di Amarosa, which means ” Castle of Love”. There was so much money and time spent on building this tourist attraction.


From Left to right: Ibiere Jumbo, Gogo Minimah and Alaba Ibie


Unfortunately, I could not make it to this amazing Castle but I have put it down on my to-do list in the future.

Personally, it was refreshing for me to visit such a place and to top it with attending a wonderful wedding is truly amazing!


I hope you all enjoyed the photos and brief description of what to do when in Napa Valley!!

© Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW Founder
















CAFEW Engineering Sights: Golden Driller


The Golden Driller Statue stands approx. 76ft tall in front of the Tulsa Expo Center since the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was initially built in 1952 and adopted as a state monument in 1979 by the Oklahoma Legislature.


I took a picture of the plaque which clearly states that it is “dedicated to the men of the Petroleum Industry who by their vision and daring have created from God’s Abundance a better life for mankind”.

I was so happy to read how this amazing structure was built and to see it is even more exciting. I always appreciate the beauty of Art and Engineering. The structural design put into this statue in order to withstand all kinds of weather especially tornadoes. The statue rests his hand on an originally built derrick made of steel and concrete.

This statue was given a thorough inspection in 2011 and was also coated with a new layer of mustard paint that will last longer.


If you are interested in reading more about the history of this wonderful statue, see links below:




© Ngowari Diminas

CAFEW, 2018



Startup Port Harcourt Week – Women Tech Founders Meetup experience

I am particularly happy that Startup Port Harcourt is annual event because it has opened so many doors for young entrepreneurs to keep being confident to pursue their various startups and an opportunity to network with others that have similar goals. Port Harcourt is a beautiful Oil city and having effective tech hubs will further enrich the city including attracting great investors.

I had the opportunity to work with beautiful, hardworking and brilliant people. The women tech founders meetup is awesome. It encourages, supports and provides a good platform for female entrepreneurs to get access to information readily and meet fellow entrepreneurs and even investors.


We had videos, panel discussions, skype session (which I was part of), conversations and presentations on various topics which were all applicable to being an entrepreneur. My article can be found by clicking on the link below.

Key take away from the article: Build your brand with distinctive authenticity and passion that you are worth you say you are. Be proactive consistently. Be proud of your work, brave, confident and never underestimate the strength of your technical and management skills.

Also see more pictures from the event below.


Uzo Ofoma and Bereni D. Fiberesima


There was tremendous time and effort put into organizing this event. Glad to see all the smiling faces.


It is worth it to attend and/or participate in events like this in order to nurture one’s mindset beautifully.

Ngowari Diminas, CAFEW Founder

Looking for the right mentor? Here are some tips……

It is just becoming a norm in recent times to say I have a mentor but not really getting in depth to look for the suitable one for you. Afterwards, people tend to lack that connection with their mentor.

You can also take the time to click on the link below to listen to the short video.

Here are a few words highlighted in capital letters and summarized description for one to bear in mind when searching for the right mentor. These words are key characteristics one should see in a mentor to enable that valuable part towards one’s business goals or career or whatever the reason that mentor was chosen for.

ACTIVE – One who participates in events, forums, sessions, trainings, and/or writes in your area of expertise. The individual needs to have that update on recent information.

RESPONSIVE – One who can reply your emails/messages in an efficient manner; help with majority or your inquiries; readily available often times to speak with you; reaching out to you to ask after your general well-being.

FEEDBACK – One who can provide constructive feedback to give you options on what is available to you; guidance on changes that you might require on your career path.

ASSESSMENT – One that can review your performance and skills to advice objectively what you lack and areas of improvement.

MOTIVATION – One who you can look up to in different aspects like being organized, articulate, hardworking, etc.


© Ngowari Diminas




Chronicles of Reservoir Modeling Workshop in Poland By Stephanie Nwoko, Reservoir Geologist/Modeling, GeoModeller, Petrel Expert

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Last month, I traveled to Poland to give a 3D reservoir modeling workshop, a hands-on-practical using Petrel software at Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. For those not aware, I gave a similar workshop in March, 2017 at the University of New Orleans and University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

As always, I am ever so delighted to volunteer and mentor students and young professionals. I was especially impressed at the variety of students who registered for the workshop, hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan. There were 19 students from 4 different universities: 2 PhD students from Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Science Warsaw; 4 MSc students from AGH University of Science and Technology Krakow; 1 MSc student from University of Warsaw and 12 students, including 3 BSc, 4 MSc, 5 PhD students from Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.


The feedback from the students was amazing, they were very happy to see a visiting geoscientist from the industry and also from a different geographical region willing to share their knowledge. Most of the students have not been exposed to 3D reservoir modeling and a couple of the PhD students are building reservoir models for their PhD research programme, so this workshop came in handy.

A couple of excerpt from their feedback:

Thank you so much for this great workshop! I was impressed by the professionalism of your workshop and how you planned and conducted it!

–      Dr Wojciech Stawikowski (Assistant Professor Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)

Thank you again for the opportunity to participate in the workshop. It was a unique and interesting experience for me. If you need anything from us or Poland, write to me and I will always be happy to help. I hope one day we will meet again.

–      Ph.D. Monika Szokaluk (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan)


I would like to encourage experienced professionals to visit universities and share their experience and knowledge with these students as they are hungry to hear from professionals in the industry. It puts into perspective what can be expected working in the oil and gas industry. It could also help change their minds regarding what type of industry to practice as a geoscientist, as currently, I see a reduction in petroleum geoscience courses and students in universities visited. We need to play our part to help retain and increase the geoscientist students.


Once again, I would like to thank AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) and Schlumberger for making this a possibility. Finally, a special thanks to Dr Wojciech Stawikowski, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan for being a fantastic host!


Stephanie published this article as well on her LinkedIn page.

CAFEW group is proud of women like Stephanie who spend time making an impact in the industry.




Self-Motivation is Powerful

Are you looking at your goals every day and ask yourself why have I not achieved these?
Are you dreaming big every day and ask yourself will my dreams ever come true?
Are you working hard every day and ask yourself will my hard work ever pay off?
Are you helping others every day and ask yourself why people don’t appreciate you?
Are you saving for something you desire and ask yourself why that saving is still not enough?
Are you applying for jobs every day and ask yourself why you have not secured one yet?
Are you trying to start a business and ask yourself why you face so many obstacles to get it established?
There are so many scenarios that I can think to list out.
You need to have the spirit of self-motivation dwell inside of you.
Self-motivation is powerful and can suppress any adverse circumstance.
Ensure this grows every day because no one is responsible for helping you achieve your goals, dream big, work hard, help others, saving for something you desire, apply for jobs, start a business and others not disclosed here.
You should endeavor to continue taking your essential logical steps. You have to find ways to motivate yourself, be strong even when you face challenges, pray always and you will get your heart desire.




© Ngowari Diminas