Here in this post, we are going to bring to you a list of the 5 Top Programmers In Nigeria. We hope you find this article informative.
Programmers are brilliant people, geniuses in their own nerdy way. They’re the guys who speak the language of computers and who make the world of the internet and the World Wide Web go round.
They’re the guys who gave us Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Android and iOS. Nigeria, although still coming of age in computing and information technology (IT), has produced some outstanding young talent in the field of computer programming and coding in recent years.
While most of these guys may be relatively unknown to those of us not too conversant with the Information technology (IT) world, and while they may not necessarily be a Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or a Dennis Ritchie, but they’ve all done well to improve on their skills and worked hard to see Nigeria put on the world programming map.
Recently, in 2016, a report was published by HackerRank – a California-based service that runs tests for developers around the world – where they listed out the top 50 programming countries in the world, based on a series of tests taken by programmers from each country.
In the list published by HackerRank, Nigeria came 48th in the world rankings and 3rd in Africa, behind Egypt, who sat at 42 in the world, and South Africa, at 43 in the world.
This shows that, even though the information technology (IT) industry has not grown as much in Nigeria, Nigeria programmers are still very talented in their own right.
Here in this post, we will be profiling five of the top programming talent this country has produced in computer coding, some of which have worked with big names in Nigeria like Andela, Swap space, and Swifter, and who are recognized by global tech giants like Google and Android. Amazingly, some of these young programming geniuses are self-taught. Below is our list;
1. Ire Aderinokun
With a Bachelor’s degree in experimental psychology, a Masters is law, and a graduate of Udacity’s Senior Web Developer Nanodegree, Ire Aderinkun, or Ire Da Gawd, as she is popular called, is as talented, as she is beautiful.
She is a self-taught front-end developer, User Interface designer, and head of design and product at Big cabal – a Nigerian digital media company.
She gives regular talks on front end development and user experience design, and she blogs on bitsofco.de, where she writes weekly technical articles. Talk about girl power.
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2. Moyinoluwa Adeyemi
Here’s the woman who gave us Yoruba watch faces – an Android application which is a collection of Yoruba faces that tell time in Yoruba. Cool right? I know.
Moyinoluwa Adeyemi hails from Osun state in Nigeria and is a graduate of Computer science with mathematics at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, as well as a graduate of the Android Developer Nanodegree program developed by Udacity in partnership with Google.
She is an Android application developer, a co-organizer of Google developer events, and a former software engineer at swifter. She is also the best Java programmer here in Nigeria. She is currently an Android Developer for Off Grid Electric.
3. Prosper Otemuyiwa
This is the man that released the Laravel Hackathon Starter Pack that amassed over 500 stars on Github and surpassed Facebook to become the number two on the top trending list of #PHP developers in the world.
Prosper Otemuyiwa, also known as Unicodeveloper, is the number one PHP developer in Nigeria, a Google developer expert, and until recently, a former lead technical trainer for Andela – where he taught Andela’s new recruits the technical skills they needed to succeed as developers in fast-paced startup environments, before becoming technical trainer for Auth0.
He is also said to have had a stint with Anakle. At 26, with his impressive array of talents and skills, and an impressive résumé to go with it, it is safe to say that Prosper Otemuyiwa is one of those putting Nigeria on the map with programming.
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4. Makinwa Olubukola
A graduate of computer science at Babcock university, a lead facilitator at Andela, and a former lead developer at Swap Space, Makinwa Olubukola is the number one Ruby on rails programmer in Nigeria.
Although she initially wanted to become an engineer like her father, so she could build things, she would eventually fall in love with coding from playing FIFA and Tetris, and would go on to study computer science at Babcock at her father’s request, and become the programmer she is now. She attributes her success to her love for what she does and her tendency to put things in perspective.
4. Omolara Adejuwon
A graduate of computer engineering at Obafemi Awolowo University, Omolara Adejuwon is an Android Software developer, IOS developer and co-founder KassAfrica – Nigeria’s first consumer credit marketplace.
Her first encounter with a computer and Mavis beacon would eventually set her on the path towards computer engineering.
She currently works as a software developer and engineer at Grace InfoTech Limited at (LawPavillion) Dubai Centre with the mobile development team giving pro-tips on mobile. She is also ranked as number 10 among Github developers in Nigeria.
As you can see, Nigeria continues to churn out impressive young talent in computer programming, and this does not look to stop anytime soon.
Our future in information technology looks bright, and continuing in this trajectory, we are sure to soon lead the way in Africa in computer programming and coding.
As a young budding developer, or an aspiring programmer, these guys here should inspire you. You too can become Nigeria’s next IT programming guru. We hope this article has been educative.IMPORTANT!: Follow us on Instagram @InfoGuideNigeria
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