Reflection! Reflection!! Reflection!!!
Something incredible happened to me this year and I want to take this time to reflect over the last six (6) months.
Closing last year coming to this year, I have this serious desire to rally make a mark in the tech space and I was so consume by it that it became a longing and prayer. I began this search for how to be better the search leads to an unquenchable hunger for like minds and enabling environment that tech thrives (to be precise programming).
I paid for the entire bundle on and paid for courses on http://www.pirple.com and http://www.udemy.com, toke course at http://www.alison.com, http://www.freedom.com, http://www.codeacademy.com I cant even mention all the YouTube videos I download to watch. I had a discussion with a friend Isaac and Lagos seems to be the location that I can have like minds and the environment. The greatest challenge was how?
I had a conversation about relocating to Jigawa to learn robotic which all did not work out.
This year start with same hunger and drive. I was on face book one faithful day and I saw the post of a dear friend Kelvin Okoro on how in one year he became a software Engineer it seem too good to be true so I chat him up.
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation, mentally I was ready, Kelvin told me about Semicolon and I applied, did the test and I moved on with doing what I was doing. Then I got the call for the interview, and I was told info session will hold and I click on the link and could not connect and the rescheduled info session I missed it again, I got the offer.
Joining Semicolon was a tough decision to make, moving from one end of Nigeria to the other was not easy, having to leave your comfort zone, your family, it was not easy because I was discouraged by few but a few encourage met to take the step, the greatest encouragement came from my family (wife and kids). I was skeptical even till when the onboarding as a native of semicolon began.
Listening to chief Sam Immanuel speak was just more than just and an orientation but life changing for me, his passion and desire for young Nigerians becoming an influence cannot be hidden.
The design thinking and critical thinking have shown a bright ne light on my life and point me to the right path. I have new perspective of who a software engineer is and it not what I taught it was. Ashley Immanuel also continued from where Sam stopped to make the light shin brighter.
I am glad am a native of semicolon Africa, I can’t wish for a better community of tech to be in than this. Listing to Chibuzo Ekejiuba and Grace teach Java and software engineering so gracefully was just wonderful, having to listen to others like Natives, Ancestors and Elders of Semicolon speaking have really fired me up. I am glad I made the decision I know the scarifies is worthwhile.
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