17-year-old first ever African winner Google coding Nji Collins Ghab originates from the North Western Region of Cameroon, which in recent times, has been the focus of insurgence and unrest between civilians and the reigning government. But Nji hasn’t let any of these troubling times or where he comes from be a stumbling block to his ‘3rd eye’. The whizkid went forward to fascinatingly win the Google Summer Code Competition. Amazing! I guess this is where I remind you that at TheHotJem…??? We Love Outstanding!!!
Funny but not hilarious is that while Nji was spending sleepless nights working on pieces of probably very complex Oracle DBA, C, C++, python, LaTeX, or some oriented programming version of whatever form of something normal people wouldn’t comprehend, his government was busy trying to kill his vibe.
PHOTO: Nji Collins. Photo credit: bbc.com.
The #BringBackOurInternet movement has been on for almost a month now making news the world over, affecting local and foreign businesses residing in the English part of Cameroon. I guess Nji never saw this coming, he probably just figured that he’d do his Google competition and get to celebrate with his people, but it has to be word of mouth transmitted in his region.
Internet is a basic right in this age and the whizkid is actually prosperous in an internet-linked or based sector, so how do you relate that the winner of such a competition comes from a place without internet for almost of month? Sources at BBC say Nji said he only wanted to stay in touch with Google and to keep learning which had him move all the way to Yaounde to his cousin’s place to access the web.
This only makes us celebrate his genius the more. Let’s leave it at that and spread word that Nji has made us all Cameroonians proud. Congratulations Nji!