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My Tech Success story – MaryFaith Mgbede

I am Maryfaith Mgbede Ugochi , a graduate of Biochemistry from the University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. I am an alumnus of the WAAW Foundation STEM outreach program at the University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria and also a Software Developer at Cotta&Cush Limited. I was one of the participants of She Hack Africa Cohort 1 in January 2017 which was held in Abuja, Nigeria. I am going to be sharing my success story on how I started my journey as a Software developer.

I started this journey as a developer during my final year as an undergraduate. But, I was introduced to tech in my second year. In my second year at the university, I applied as a volunteer with WAAW (Working to Advance STEM education in African Women) Foundation. During the WAAW Foundation STEM Outreach Program, we reach out to secondary school girls within our community to tutor and mentor girls into pursuing STEM as a career. We also guild and mentor girls on how to choose their future career.

Becoming a fellow at WAAW Foundation was one of the most memorable moments I had in school. Volunteers at WAAW are been trained on STEM-related courses like renewable, energy( solar panels and wind turbine), generating electricity, scratch programming (for creating animations and games), etc. This was how my journey into tech all began. WAAW Foundation helped me grew my mentorship skills, leadership skills, technical skills, programming skills, and also gave me an opportunity in giving back to my community through volunteering.

I got to develop an interest in this coding field as a result of the three weeks Bootcamp I attended at Abuja which was organized by WAAW Foundation for their College Fellows to help them grow in tech, but then I was only able to attend it for just a week due to the upcoming semester exam I had the upper week. The program was all about introducing us to the basics of web development using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, and PHP; but then I was only opportune to learn HTML and CSS because of the limited time I had. And that was the first time I was introduced to “coding” or “computer programming”. I was overwhelmed.

This basic understanding inspired me to want to learn more. I fall in love with computer programming. It was indeed amazing to me seeing myself write all those codes and outputting them on the browser. I was happy to know how the web works. Yes, I do access the internet and also visit websites but, I didn’t have a clue on how it works or how it comes to be. But attending that program opened my eyes to the reality that, there are some things you don’t know and there are things still more to know. That wanting to know more gave me that drive and I became more enthusiastic. 

The passion and drive that I showed into tech as got me where I am today. Today, I also facilitate and mentor young minds that are interested in tech. I also work with teams to develop awesome web applications for other organizations.