Femi na wa o!
you wan kill me abi?
These are very tough questions
Most rewarding moment?
There have been many, it will be tough to pick one so I will just go with the most recent.
At this year’s Google I/O conference (and also the last one), one of the top developer conferences in the world. Africa was very well represented. Ranging from Sundar Pichai’s keynote address.
We had a short meeting of attendees from Sub Saharan Africa who were at the conference , 80% of them had traveled from Africa to attend. We almost took over a huge part of the lounge. It almost looked as if there was an African takeover happening.There were young men and women from all over the place, Nigeria, Cameroon, CIV, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya to mention a few. They were all chatting and hanging out, many of them contributing meaningfully to some of the sessions and growing their network across the region. I am aware of at least one person (a fresh graduate) who landed a job as a result of those interactions.
At that moment I felt so grateful to be in that moment. It really meant a lot to me to see the connections that have been created in such a short time.
The most frustrating moments for me have been tied to some of the most successful .
If I was to pick one, I would say being stuck at the Nairobi Airport for two days because of a visa mix up on my way to Congo DRC for a community event. It was crazy to say the least. On one of the days I actually sat there watching the plane take off with out me.
But that was made up for by the amazing welcome I got when I arrived Lubumbashi and Kinshasha. The events were led by a very young team in Congo, one of them was a remarkable lady who was pretty much fresh out of school. It was an unforgettable experience that demonstrated the spirit of the African Youth.
Should the air of experimenting be encouraged? By all means!!!
A lot of the issues / opportunities in Africa are unique to Africa and so and so the only people who can come with sustainable solutions to them are Africans. How else can they do this if they do not try stuff out?
This is one of the reasons why we put a lot of emphasis in User Experience Design thinking in 2014 and 2015 with the UX masterclass series, so that we can better understand how the creation (and refinement) process works. I would encourage everyone to attend at least one design thinking oriented event in their life time. That one the way I think experimenting can be encouraged
Also as an African in the tech space, If there is one thing I want you to take away from this Radar session let it be this:
Always remember that your experience, your point of view and your ideas and opinions are valid and can hold their own anywhere in this world in so far as they are coming from an honest place
So get YOUR experience , form YOUR opinions, apply YOUR ideas and learn YOUR lessons, do not be scared.
There are people out there who are waiting to learn from you.
What aspects of other ecosystems can be encouraged in Nigeria?
Well, that’s tough, I will say that I really enjoy the “community feel” i get whenever i visit East Africa (Kenya in particular).
Everyone seems to know (or have heard of) everyone and what they are doing. You could say that Nigeria is much bigger than Kenya, but I would really want to see more collaboration between the North, East and West.
Also the level of technical expertise in South Africa is quite high when compared to the rest of the sub region (again this could be attributed to the standard of their higher institutions) , If that happened in Nigeria, that would be amazing.
But of course I would rank Nigeria number one in terms of entrepreneurial drive and energy, if we could add these elements I mentioned, this energy would be better harnessed.
20% time covers anytime that you dedicated to working on something that is not your core role but is the benefit of the company, I have dedicated a lot of this time to working on specific tasks with other teams (sales, marketing ,policy etc) .
However the most significant one that most of you know about is Project Kesaa, the offline developer content project. Which I started working on using my 20% time.
Do I still Code?
Do I still see myself as a Coder?
I still write snippets of code and tiny apps to accomplish little tasks. I do not do that as often as I would like to.
Because of this I do not count myself worthy enough to be called a coder. I think that would be disrespectful to the people who do it day in day out.
I still try to keep abreast of where technology is headed, though, that is how I am able to come up with content strategies and programs which I feel will best benefit the developer community in the region