Some Attendees at the just concluded Lokoja Tech Event.

The Nigeria tech community has grown tremendously in the recent time, thanks to the effort of a lot of community advocates like Prosper Otemuyiwa, Neo Ighodaro and a whole lot of others.
A lot of companies like Andela, Ingressive, Figma, Hotels.ng and a lot of others have also helped sponsor tech events across Nigeria.

The community has received a lot of support hence the increase in the number of developers and designers across Nigeria.
Github recently ranked Nigeria as the fourth fastest growing country-community, this is a huge one for us.

We have achieved a lot in a very short time, however, the challenge I noticed is that just a few cities receive the needed community support.
Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan and some cities in the eastern parts of Nigeria enjoy having tech events hosted in their areas while some part of the country hardly has tech events or a community built to support developers within that location.

My parents reside in a town called Lokoja in Kogi state Nigeria, I remember starting out my software career journey as a one-man army, rising and falling on my own.
I knew there was something I was missing, I saw Facebook posts announcing that forLoop would be taking place at Abuja sometime in 2017. I packed my bags and left for Abuja the next day and I must say that the forLoop was a major turning point in my journey to become a software developer, I heard just what I needed to move on, I knew about the technologies I needed to learn and eventually decided to apply to Andela after the event.

Now not everyone has the opportunity to always go out to attend tech events outside their city, hence we have come up with initiatives to host tech events in smaller communities within Nigeria and also establish developer clubs in institutions in these areas.

The recent event we held took place at Lokoja, Nigeria with the theme: The Modern Day Developer.

Big thanks to the speakers.

Ibrahim Olamilekan spoke on getting remote jobs, Link to slides.
Bolaji Ayodeji spoke on getting started with open-source, Link to slides.
I spoke on the path to becoming a world-class dev, Link to slide. (credits to Kati Frantz for preparing the slides) and also shared insights about what the Andela fellowship is about and how to prepare for the fellowship.

We got positive responses and feedback from the participants of the event.

Facebook comments from some of the participants

We hope to do more for the community in the coming year especially for smaller developer communities and we see world-class engineers emerging from our nation.

A big shout-out to Bolaji Ayodeji, nullthefirst, Olamilekan Ibrahim and other volunteers for making the event a success.

If your developer community has a facebook or whatsapp group or a twiiter handle, kindly raise a pull request and drop the link(s) here to help those looking for a community around them. Thanks.

Oluwaseun

I’m a problem solver who happens to code. Physicist, Software Developer at Andela

Contributing to smaller developer communities

Some Attendees at the just concluded Lokoja Tech Event

The Nigeria tech community has grown tremendously in the recent time, thanks to the effort of a lot of community advocates like Prosper Otemuyiwa, Neo Ighodaro and a whole lot of others.
A lot of companies like Andela, Ingressive, Figma, Hotels.ng and a lot of others have also helped sponsor tech events across Nigeria.

The community has received a lot of support hence the increase in the number of developers and designers across Nigeria.
Github recently ranked Nigeria as the fourth fastest growing country-community, this is a huge one for us.

We have achieved a lot in a very short time, however, the challenge I noticed is that just a few cities receive the needed community support.
Abuja, Lagos, Ibadan and some cities in the eastern parts of Nigeria enjoy having tech events hosted in their areas while some part of the country hardly has tech events or a community built to support developers within that location.

My parents reside in a town called Lokoja in Kogi state Nigeria, I remember starting out my software career journey as a one-man army, rising and falling on my own.
I knew there was something I was missing, I saw Facebook posts announcing that forLoop would be taking place at Abuja sometime in 2017. I packed my bags and left for Abuja the next day and I must say that the forLoop was a major turning point in my journey to become a software developer, I heard just what I needed to move on, I knew about the technologies I needed to learn and eventually decided to apply to Andela after the event.

Now not everyone has the opportunity to always go out to attend tech events outside their city, hence we have come up with initiatives to host tech events in smaller communities within Nigeria and also establish developer clubs in institutions in these areas.

The recent event we held took place at Lokoja, Nigeria with the theme: The Modern Day Developer.

Big thanks to the speakers.

Ibrahim Olamilekan spoke on getting remote jobs, Link to slides.
Bolaji Ayodeji spoke on getting started with open-source, Link to slides.
I spoke on the path to becoming a world-class dev, Link to slide. (credits to Kati Frantz for preparing the slides) and also shared insights about what the Andela fellowship is about and how to prepare for the fellowship.

We got positive responses and feedback from the participants of the event.

Facebook comments from some of the participants

We hope to do more for the community in the coming year especially for smaller developer communities and we see world-class engineers emerging from our nation.

A big shout-out to Bolaji Ayodeji, nullthefirst, Olamilekan Ibrahim and other volunteers for making the event a success.

If your developer community has a facebook or whatsapp group or a twiiter handle, kindly raise a pull request and drop the link(s) here to help those looking for a community around them. Thanks.