I (Alo Kingsley) have been exposed to pretty much everything on the tech world besides coding as I have had an affinity for it starting from my gaming days. As time went on, I found myself having a stronger affiliation with the disruptive impacts that some of these recent technologies (such as the Blockchain/cryptocurrencies, Artificial intelligence, and machine learning) presented the world today, with my increased level of activity in Blockchain.

So, having avoided anything that had to do with coding all these while and I had left myself totally clueless in this aspect probably because I grew up with the misconception that coding was only meant for those who studied computer engineering, computer science, cybersecurity etc in the university. On getting to this point, I realized that something had to be done about my ignorance for coding during my NYSC service year but I was presented with the challenge of not knowing where to start, I was so clueless I didn’t even know what I needed to know first.

Fast forward to some weeks later, I got into the coding Bootcamp and was part of cohort 14 (the most interesting cohort by the way) in Abuja where we got introduced to the very basics of coding HTML, CSS, bootstrap, JavaScript, Vue, Node, MongoDB, and mobile App, etc. We also had classes on Customer Discovery & Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Business class.

From the very first day of the Bootcamp, we had to do the name icebreaker game and other fun activities while coding. Then, I started to feel the family bond that was present, this played a huge role because as the class went on we found ourselves looking out for each other in the course of the program. It was the factor that was responsible for ensuring that none of us was left behind and it made learning easier and more fun.

We had professional and amazing trainers, who were excellent at what they do and teach. Some of us were new to coding, but then we could understand and follow up at every class. Another moment I won’t forget was our visit to Phase Telecom in Abuja. We had the opportunity to present our tech projects for review and advice, which was really helpful.

For someone like me who was already used to getting things the hard way feels nothing goes for nothing, in all honesty, this program readjusted my hope for Nigeria as I got training on a complete one month package on coding and leadership for free, I was totally swept off my feet as we were even given snacks during break!

Thanks to WAAW Foundation and ACT Foundation for the opportunity and impacting us (Cohort 14 participants) at the S(he) Hacks Africa Coding Bootcamp. We sincerely appreciate your interest in promoting Tech in Nigeria.

Unoma Okorafor

Dr. Unoma Okorafor is the founder of WAAW Foundation. She is a passionate social entrepreneur committed to empowering girls in African through STEM focused education.

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