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My WAAW Experience

My name is Olaniyan Wahab Akinjide, a graduate of Geography (Meteorology) and graduate member of Nigerian Institute of Management. I am an Emergency Response Consultant working with Avantgarde Management Services on Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) projects.

I saw (S)he hacks Africa boot-camp advert online when I was searching for website design training centers  to learn but I’ve being skeptical always because I don’t have any background in IT and seeing the advert that I can learn and understand coding and web design within 4 weeks got me excited to want to be a part of the boot-camp.

I am happy I got into the boot-camp to be part of cohort 10 and this opportunity is becoming one of my best because I’ve being studying coding with other young talents in Nigeria and we’re becoming one big happy family. The experience has being an eye opener for me because I realize I can actually be a developer/programmer without prior knowledge and this can’t be achieved without the WAAW foundation superb team of facilitators (Mrs. Tolu, Mrs. Funke, Mr. obafemi and Mr. David) they’re excellent and wonderful from the inception of the boot-camp, sometimes I’m always amazed at their teaching abilities and the way they empathize with us by patiently teaching things multiple times because they know most of us do not have prior knowledge about web design before getting into the camp and they always take their time to explain things to us till we get it right, a student can’t be blessed with better teachers than them, they’re absolutely the best.

The boot-camp is a place where I can advise anybody passionate and seeking knowledge to attend because the curriculum prepared by the team is way beyond learning about coding and web design alone, they included classes on leadership, entrepreneurship, business model, power point presentation and we still have some coming up before we finish here, this has also broaden my knowledge and place me in better stead going forward. The boot-camp thrives on creating a team bonding feeling and this gives all participants sense of belonging. Our weekly project presentation has also helped a lot to make me a better presenter and master how to pitch business ideas to prospective clients which is an added advantage.

I really want to appreciate everybody putting in their brain, sweat and funds together to make this program happen and pray God will continue to bless them all. WAAW foundation is a big happy family all African youths must be associated with because of their remarkable work to help Africans in the field of STEM and beyond, I’m proud to be a member of this family and I can’t wait to impact other people’s lives with what I’ve learnt in the boot-camp and I pledge to be a willing volunteer to the cause to make Africa a better place.