End of Week 2

Nigeria Summer 2011 Blog

Written by: Olayemi Oyebode

June 30, 2011

Today, we had our first guest lecturer: Uche Ubah. Uche works at a local health-focused ICT firm named Cistematix and spoke about the mobile application industry. He gave the students a good overview and introduction about the mobile app industry on the global level and then zeroed in on the Nigerian market. The session was definitely interactive and the students asked very good questions and also contributed answers. I would say that the main lesson for the students was that they should be delivering applications that makes sense considering their local environment (technology, people's propensity to pay). 

Also, I finished teaching Java. I am delighted Next week, Adaeze takes over and will teach the students Python. Then, I will return to teach as the class focus switch to mobile programming. As much as I'll miss teaching, I'm glad to have a break. I'll have a chance to reflect. I am delighted to have been able to teach the students about so many topics: objects, classes, inheritance, interface, static fields. I want to also think about my teaching effectiveness based on the feedback from my colleagues and students. 

After my lecture, we gave the students scotch eggs and meat pies. 

THE FASHION BOBO

Never judge a book by its cover, but judge a programmer by his/her T-shirt. 

I've travelled to Tanzania and Uganda to help teach students there for other programs. I always noticed, especially in Tanzania, that many students preferred to wear dress shirts and trousers (dress pants) to class. At MIT, it's a rare sight. Instead, students will often wear T-shirts with a tech company logo and jeans/shorts. And for students in Computer Science at MIT, it's probably a free T-shirt they got from Google, Microsoft, Dropbox, Facebook, Apple, etc. 

On the first day of MIT AITI Nigeria, I immediately noticed a few students wearing Google T-shirts. Based on the T-shirts alone, I deduced that our students must be serious programmers. I have not been disappointed. Several of our students are part of the Google team at University of Ibadan, so several students have Google T-shirts. I hope in the next iterations of the program, I'll see more students clad in other company T-shirts such as Apple, Facebook and maybe even Dropbox.