Your background shouldn’t set a limitation for far you can go! 19-year old Elvis who just got featured by the CNN is our source of inspiration today.
Elvis Chidera’s story from a villager to a programmer in a booming tech company is an inspiration to those who believe in their dreams. You can do it!
At just 11, Chidera began programming out of curiosity to find out how his favorite video games were made. His intrigue for the websites that seemed to be built from ‘magic’ grew.
His family couldn’t afford a computer so he settled for a Nokia 2690 phone that was given to him by his cousin. He successfully learnt programming and was able to build an app that resembled facebook, but it collapsed because he couldn’t get enough users on the site.
Undeterred, he moved on to the next idea of building an app that would enable people send bulk messages at a cheaper price. Surprisingly he was able to build an app right on his trusty Nokia phone through a J2ME SDK mobile app. Although the app launch was successful, due to his inexperienced, his 14-year old self wasn’t able to continue with it as there were too many users. However he resolved to get a new computer.
He was able to save through his nose, after selling several belongings to buy a laptop. And on his exit from secondary school, began to look for a job, to provide the much needed funds.
In his search, he stumbled on a job advert set up by two MIT-based technologists who had the dream of solving the problem of access to online education by making these videos data light.
Today 19 year old Chidera is a developer at the MIT-backed startup called ‘dot learn’in Lagos and has been involved in many competitions including West African Mobile awards.
Well Done Genius! We Celebrate You!