An Ibadan Girl’s Guide to Being a Tech Bae (Part 2)

And so our story continues, the captivating tale of my foray into the world of technology.

After the years of on-and-off attempts to learn Python, I have restarted learning programming. I am studying to become a front-end developer and my learning journey began with HyperText Markup Language (HTML). Having gained some level of mastery of HTML, I have gone on to start learning Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Bootstrap. I have also begun to pick up Javascript.

It is important to let you know that this is not a story about a final destination. It really is a tale of my journey. I hope to share my tale with you as it unfolds.

The simple, yet profound advice I got from the near-stranger remains with me. And I would like to pass it on to you. It is to carefully select what you want to learn and to understand what you intend to do with the knowledge you are about to expend time and resources gaining.

I spent all those years wandering in the maze of tech, near-blind. Technology is not a one-size-fits-all and learning Python did not have to be my only way of entering tech even though it was my first exposure to tech. I needed to understand that front-end development was where I wanted to be and Python did not need to be the way to get there.

I hope this helps if you, like me, would love a foray into tech and you are unsure how to get in. Know your ‘Why’.

PS: I would love to learn about your tech journey. Share it with me via the contact button below or in the comments!

An Ibadan Girl’s Guide to Becoming a Tech Bae (Part 1)

Spoiler alert! This is a guide.

I recently started learning to become a Tech Bae. For the past seven years, give or take, I have been trying to learn software development (unsuccessfully, if I might add, LOL). Everything changed a couple of months ago when someone gave me genius advice which changed the game for me. I needed to start at the bottom. But first, a little backstory.

My interest in Tech was piqued when I took an Introduction to Computer Science course in my second year of University. The course was compulsory for all law students and boy, was it a source of grief for too many of us! All the knowledge from every computer science course I have ever taken failed me. We were being taught Python and it was a sob fest all the wayyy.

Anyway, even after I was done with the course (which I aced by the way, Lord knows how), I would go on to study numerous YouTube videos on Python. I would spend hours at my desk trying to figure out programming and every time, I failed. It seemed like this tough enigma that I could just not figure out. Spent, I would gather my energy and move on to the next thing that caught my fancy. I eventually concluded that Tech = maths, maths + Oyinkan = sworn enemies, therefore Tech + Oyinkan = Montagues + Capulets.

Part 2 …

An Ibadan Girl’s Guide to Climate Action

Did you just scoff and murmur “Climate change is a myth”. Well, if you did, I am side-eyeing you right now. Climate change is real, it does exist and there really is no planet B.

Ice caps melting in the Artic might seem pretty far away but rising sea levels in Lagos is not as far off as you might think. If you wondered why the weather was so hot in December or why it was raining in January, its pretty close!

A lot of our everyday actions impact negatively on the environment and here are a couple of simple, easy-to-do actions you can take to help save planet earth –

  1. Reduce – Cut down on your use of plastics. Resist the urge to get nylon (plastic) bags every time you go shopping. Tip – get you a cute shopping basket that you can reuse several times.
  2. Reuse – Now, we all make those unplanned, emergency shopping trips. You made just a couple of purchases and now you have got a whole bunch of plastic bags. Instead of tossing them out, why not put them to good use? You could use them as garbage bags … saves you the money for getting garbage bags and you save the environment twice over!
  3. Recycle – Imagine if you saved up all your plastic waste in one place and had someone come get them from your (at no cost to you) and you get paid just for saving up plastics. Sounds good, huh? The best part, it really could be you!

This is not all you can do. There are a ton of free resources on the internet you can check out. This is not a guide, but I really hope you become a climate action champion [insert climate action rallying chant].