“My favourite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities”
– Mario Testino
GOLD OUT OF RUST 1
He kept calling me, he had lost his way and could not find the office. I saw him dressed in a jean and a T-Shirt wearing a slipper, dripping from head to toe because of the rain and I said in my heart surely this cannot be the one. I continued speaking into the phone asking where he was, the movement of his lips and the look on his face told me what his words were about to say…
You’ve got to be kidding me. I know mama had always told me never to judge a book by its cover, but this…It was so difficult not to jump into conclusion.
He sat with the team and here was what happened instead;
CEO: Tell us about yourself
My name is Hammed Oyedele, I am seventeen years old (I’m sure you can imagine the look on my face at this point) and I’m a web developer.
COO: How did you become a Web developer
I came across Mobile BASIC programming language on Google while using my mum’s J2ME feature phone to browse. I became curious and decided to click the link. After the first click, I could not stop, I downloaded .jar file from BASIC source code which could be installed on the phone I was using. I used this to create some apps and games that I shared with my friends.
“Each curiosity I feed gave birth to a new one, it was like the Hydra in Greek mythology, I just couldn’t stop”
However, my journey as a web developer began in 2017. That year I understood how the web and internet worked. Immediately I knew I had to open a Github account. I started undertaking a lot of projects, I made a lot of crazy mistakes until I could get a hang of it. I knew isolation was a plague to growth. So I started following experienced web developers and designers on facebook, twitter. Medium and other social media platforms. I took the coding challenge on Hacker Rank, just to pull myself out of my comfort zone.
After a while, I was able to handle some Freelance projects on Upwork.com and OLX. I continued to develop my skills until the opportunity came knocking on my door. On February 12 I saw the job advert for an intern at Epower and I applied.
The final question got me
CMO: What type of laptop do you use
I don’t have a laptop, I used a J2ME feature phone from 2015-2017 and my Friend’s Fathers Laptop in 2017.
You can imagine the look on our faces.
To be continued next week.