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Many years ago, I saw myself having difficulty determining what undergraduate course or program to study at the university.

I remember my family members wanted me to study medicine. You know, for an African home, or maybe in Nigeria, studying medicine and becoming a doctor is like the greatest achievement you could ever set yourself up for. I wonder what gave them the idea that being a doctor is the best career ever. I think parents, or families generally, fail to realize that children have their passions and interests in life. It’s okay to guide them, but not to sort…


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Today, I got a LinkedIn connection request from a professor back in school.

Do you know what came to my mind as soon as I saw the request? It was his dedication and commitment to teaching. He was a lecturer or teacher who had passion for teaching. You could see it through everything he did. He was always ready to go the extra mile to make sure his students understood his materials.

Sometimes I asked myself how come he got so good at teaching. But then I remembered he had very good experience in the tech industry before he came…


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About eight years ago, I graduated from the university bagging a First Class Honours degree in Computer Engineering. I finished top of my class and in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology with the highest cumulative GPA; with that came many awards and accolades at the department, faculty, and university level.

Today, eight years after, as I look back to those times — a five-year span of education from 2007 to 2012 — I realize many things could have been done differently if only we were well-informed about life after school.

So this post today is for the young people…


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I’m sure, as soon as you saw the title of this post, you must have thought this is going to be another “I have a dream” talk similar to the famous speech given by the American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. The speech, which was given in 1963, was to help end racism and usher in economic and civil rights among the American people regardless of their skin color.

But no. This is not about Martin Luther King Jr.

Really, I had a dream, literally. It was last night. …


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Saint Louis University Clock Tower

This is the story of how I got a fully-funded master’s program in Computer Science in the United States covering tuition, monthly stipend, and health insurance; you too can do it.

Do you have a passion to study abroad and don’t know how to begin? Or have you applied, got admission offers but was discouraged by the outrageous fees presented to you?

Maybe you have not even taken any step, you are just put off by the tuition you see online. Well, I was also in your shoes some years back. But I never gave up. …


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This post is about how we started the Nutry mobile app that runs its backend code on top of Firebase’s serverless architecture a.k.a Firebase Cloud Functions. It uses React Native for its frontend mobile client.

This post is not a React Native tutorial. There are lots of materials out there that teach app development with React Native.

Introduction

Starting a React Native project and successfully getting it to run on a device can be a daunting task. In the Android Studio world, you pretty much have a full-fledged IDE where all the tools are already set up. So you would…


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It’s around 9:00 PM. I’m lying on my bed, bored and nothing else to do. So I thought of writing. Writing brings me joy and makes me fully awake to think. Suddenly I’m no longer bored. Ideas are flowing, but they are too much.

Which one should I write about first? Should I write about how I spent two days on an assignment which the professor promised he would randomly call out students to present in class but ended not really calling anyone? Oh, I remember, let’s talk about my experience at the DMV office today. Other thoughts can be…


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This is an account of my experience working at Centene Corporation over the summer as a Software Engineer Intern.

A Brief Introduction About Centene

Although most of this information can be found on their website or if googled, I’ll just briefly mention what they do.

Centene Corporation is a Fortune 500 company, in fact, it is number 51 in the 2019 ranking of the biggest companies in terms of revenue in America. It is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government-sponsored and commercial healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. If you have…


Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to drop some tables in your database but don’t know the exact tables to drop? I was in such a situation recently.

I had installed a website analytics tool ( Metabase) that added a lot of tables to my database. Along the line, this analytics software broke and was not working properly. So I thought of uninstalling the damn thing and do a clean install. That’s when I ran into many roadblocks. I googled around for an easy unstill solution but to no avail. …


Welcome to the second and last part of this story of mine :), really a story. You can read the first part here.

So after the meeting with Sean and his team, it was now time for the visa interview at the U.S embassy on Monday, June 6 (the following week).

The Interview

Luckily for me, On June 1, I got an email from the US Consulate General in Lagos to come for my interview slated for June 6, I had been worried after a long wait. Everybody was. So I was happy getting that mail. At the meeting with…

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