Tech, My true love

Selma Ndi
Posted April 14, 2019 from Cameroon
ICT for girls event

My life...

I just recently came to the conclusion that I am not excellent at anything.

I dance, obviously. I have danced with a renowned group - Gflames for three years.

There is a time I thought I could sing Mariah Carey under the table, yeah I was in the Royal Priesthood Choir.

Well, I am really versatile at sports — literally all sports, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, football, handball and the infamous bad minton. 

I will consider myself a video gamer, I am near perfect at Playstation, FIFA being my preference

None of these loves even dare compete with the love, passion and addiction I have for programming.

My journey…

The first time I wrote ‘Hello World’ as a line of code was in November 2017. Before then, I’d ask myself how programmers did it. I will spend countless hours fantasizing about the day I will be able to do as much as build a website using any programming language. 

My zeal was cut short, as the only programmers I knew were seven-hours drive away from me. I remember a time, someone tried to teach me PHP on Whatsapp, ironical right?. Yeah, my thoughts exactly.

Nothing was going to stop this girl, neither crook nor crane. I was determined! . I started to search extensively online. I stumbled across w3schools and I thought this was a good resource, right up till the point where my entire city was cut off internet because of political crises.

Back to being stranded. 

Then Now…

With a dream, a zeal, and a frustrated look, I took a journey that will forever change my life. I traveled to the capital city, and there I was exposed to all the resources possible. People, upon seeing my determination decided to offer me all the help I could get. I had online resources, codeacademy, udemy, and a host of other online platforms did offer me the perfect basics.

As soon as I could boast of HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap, I hurriedly started building my ever first website ‘Wulwi’ and then some other web applications.

Today, I have a perfect mastery of PHP, and Python. I have built some way cooler web applications, and some financial softwares too. 

I will be hosting my ever first open door event on the 27th of April for all girls interested in starting a career in ICT. This is in commemoration of the International Day of Girls in ICT.

And finally, I can say.. "I am good at programming", not perfect - good

and like the non mediocre person I am, I will say 'being perfect at something is not overrated'

This post was submitted in response to Girls in ICT Day.

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jlanghus
Apr 14
Apr 14

Hi Selma,

Thanks for sharing your inspiring story. I'm very glad to hear that you pursued your passion. I have to disagree, however, that you're not excellent at anything and that you're mediocre. The list of your capabilities, whether ICT-related or not, are really impressive, and perfection is unattainable; at least the perfection that we sometimes strive for in ourselves. The universe already knows we're perfect just the way we are.

Hope you're having a great day!

Selma Ndi
Apr 16
Apr 16

Far from it, Perfection is highly unattainable, and that's why I said good- not perfect. Till now, I don't think I am perfect at anything. However, it is good to aim at being better at something everyday.

Thank you so much for the observation, and thank you for reminding me that the universe already knows we are perfect just the way we are.

jlanghus
Apr 16
Apr 16

Too true. Are you a recovering perfectionist? I am. So draining, and perfection is subjective anyway. I see growing and learning as something entirely different than perfection, though. One is self-defeating and the other is self-enhancing.

You're very welcome. Indeed. It does:-)

Hope you're having a good day, dear.

Diversitylewes
Apr 16
Apr 16

We are embarking on a project around S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) scheme which looks at empowering Girls to enter into these subjects and pursue them onto higher education for more information ℹ️ tony@diversitylewes.org.uk

Sophie Ngassa
Apr 18
Apr 18

My dear Selma, I am so proud of you. Thanks for coming to CYEED to mentor our girls.

Selma Ndi
Apr 18
Apr 18

Thank you so much for having me. I look up to you in several ways. Thanks for all the great work u do

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 19
Apr 19

Dear Selma,
Wow! I love your philosophy on perfection and being fine with not being perfect at anything. But what does stand out for me is your energy, your deep passion for exploring so many possibilities in depth, in many fields, and especially your respect for yourself in recognizing your capabilities and passion for coding. Coding is a huge mystery to me, I am happy with and continue to develop my online skills, but it is thrilling to read that a young woman like you is pressing into the world of coding and already teaching others.

Selma Ndi
Apr 19
Apr 19

Thank you so much for your kind words, and deep encouragements.

womencssociety
Apr 19
Apr 19

Hello Selma,

Your story really inspires me and gives me hope of a world in which girls and women have access to every opportunity they need to succeed in ICT and life. Your passion and determination shine. Thanks for sharing your story.

Best,

Lisa