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Meet M’benda N’dour of Senegoddess in Koreatown

Today we’d like to introduce you to M’benda N’dour.

M’benda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
A first-generation Senegalese American, I was raised in Los Angeles, California. As a child, I traveled to all 50 States with my parents and younger brother. While traveling between States, My brother and I would play games like who can multiply numbers the fastest, or tinker around with their electronic toys. This ingrained a love of STEM, travel and culture that I would carry into my adult years. Graduating in 2019 from CSUN with a B.Sc in Computer Science and two minors in Mathematics and Africana Studies, I work as a Software Engineer and have a passion to teach young girls how to code. Use my platforms as Miss West Los Angeles USA and Miss Los Angeles US (competing in Miss California USA in 2020) to further that passion.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It has certainly not been a smooth road. Being a Black woman in Computer Science meant I was always 1 of 1. Having to deal with my peers not valuing my word, professors sexually harassing me, and feeling the pressure of succeeding for the sake of my race and gender were some of the things that made the road kind of bumpy.

Please tell us about Senegoddess.
I am a Software Engineer, Pageant Queen and Youtuber, specializing in paving the way for people (especially women) who want to be in my profession. I love to give advice, keep people productive, and help people get their lives together. What sets me apart is that I am able to take up space in spaces where I don’t see myself. I wanted to add more representation on YouTube and in Tech; I feel like I have proudly succeeded in that.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have started helping people on YouTube earlier. I would have started my channel in college so that I can show other computer science students the ropes. I would have started some type of community in college where women in tech can get together and talk about their frustrations. I would’ve not been so afraid to ask for help and accept the fact that I am flawed like everyone else. You are your own worst critic, you can’t imagine just how much more you can accomplish by just being kinder to yourself.

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