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Michael-Ipinko Tosin Israel: At The Life Program, I Learnt More than I had Envisioned

By | AbaLIFE, Echoes From Life, L.I.F.E., Techtiary

Before joining the LIFE program, Michael-Ipinko Tosin Israel had always had a passion for computers and supported this passion with online courses from YouTube. But Financially, he did not earn a lot. According to Michael “The problem was not the lack of skills, but my mind was not exposed to certain glaring opportunities. I failed to understand that oftentimes, inconveniences are unrecognized opportunities. Looking back, I doubted myself more than I doubted anyone”.

“At the LIFE program, I learnt more than I had envisioned”. Not just my way around the computer, I was exposed to various entrepreneurial skills and opportunities I never knew existed. After the training, I can say that I am absolutely a better version than my former self”, Said Michael.

“During the training, I was fascinated by so many things. The most notable of them all was that I had never seen anyone so concerned about our future than the facilitators. When I heard the training was free, honestly speaking, I did not expect the value of resources we got”, He said.

Presently Micheal is studying Computer Science at the University of Ibadan and he is a Freelance Full-stack Web Developer, App Developer, and Graphic Designer.

Owosekun Olatubosun: Knowing ICT has connected me to a lot of opportunities.

By | AbaLIFE, AjegunleLIFE, Echoes From Life, ICTs, L.I.F.E., Techtiary

Before the LIFE Program, Olatubosun was afraid of being a failure in life, he saw many limitations to his success, one of which was gaining admission to study the course of his choice in the university. This thought weighs him down a lot he said. Olatubosun wants to be a Business Manager, this desire was stirred in him while managing his mum’s poultry farm, this keeps him engaged while waiting to gain admission.

Getting to know about the LIFE program from his neighbor in 2018 was a blessing in disguise because he had always wanted to get knowledge in ICT. “The training opportunity brought a paradigm shift to my life and it brings joy to me whenever I remember the experience. I was inspired during the program that I can be successful. I have gained so much courage to take some bold steps in my life..”


The most amazing thing about the program is knowing that there are people who volunteer to uplift Nigerian youths without looking at their background, tribe, or money. Also seeing under 25’s owning successful businesses was amazing, he said.

Through the LIFE program, Olatubosun got an internship opportunity with Gina Consulting, a UK-based firm. He worked to manage the Dress For Success project – a project that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support and the development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
In 2019, Olatubosun gained admission to study Business Management at the University of Nigeria, Enugu. He is also taking fashion design training.

“Knowing ICT has been helpful; academically, I can do online research in getting resources for my assignment and my research work. Business-wise, ICT has helped me connect to the world of fashion which I plan to embark on; I now know more information about fashion as a business. I also plan on starting an online agricultural store to stimulate the sale of agro produce in Nigeria.

Media and Digital Information Literacy

By | Digital Rights, ICTs, L.I.F.E., Techtiary

How well do you understand the use of technology?
Do you know the limitations of technology?
Do you understand the dangers and precautions that the use of technology requires?

We all know that traditional literacy is the ability to read and write but in today’s digital world, being literate isn’t enough anymore as people need to be digitally literate as well. Digital literacy means having the technical skills to work and communicate in a society where there is the proliferation of information through digital technologies like internet platforms, social media, and mobile devices.

With the advancement of technology over the years, we now live in a global world. The domination of technology in our everyday lives has proven the importance of digital literacy not just for adults but for children. A very important topic within digital literacy is Internet Safety.

The Digital world has created extreme benefits and advantages for everyone. Without proper use and understanding of these technologies, the digital world can be overwhelming and even dangerous.

Digital literacy can be either simple or complex. It can be as simple as the ability to use social media or send an email. However, digital literacy also refers to a deeper understanding of technology around us which can be practical software skills such as creating a website or an app.

Digital literacy is not just knowing how to check our social media handles. Internet safety or online safety is the act of maximizing a person’s awareness and personal safety to private information and property associated with using the internet.

Generally, the internet does not harm us until we choose to react to suspicious content and websites. The first reason for internet harm is when you don’t know what you are doing. The second is when other forces entice you to react or click on links such as attractive ads, infected software downloads, and fraudulent messages.

Safety tips for online safety

• First, remember never to share your personal information example home address, school name, or telephone number in a chat room with unknown people.

• Never continue a chat with someone who makes you uncomfortable (always trust your instincts).

• Create a complex, unique, and strong password. Use upper, lower, and special characters (you can also have a password in your local dialect).

• Be a selective sharer.

• Always check website reliability.

• Always use two-factor authentication where available.

• Beware of free Wi-Fi and downloads.

• Most importantly remember to NEVER share your password(s) with anyone because that is your digital identity.

 

By Amina Ibrahim Idris

Paradigm Initiative Organises Free Programming Training for Undergraduate

By | Coding, Techtiary

Paradigm Initiative has unveiled a tuition-free program to empower undergraduates with Python programming skills. The first edition of the training took off last Saturday with 36 trainees from three higher institutions in Lagos, namely the University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology and Lagos State University.

Paradigm Initiative, the pan-African social enterprise working on digital rights and digital inclusion, is organising the training in conjunction with the Python Nigeria group who are providing faculty members for the training.

According to Olayinka Taiwo, the Techtiary Program Officer, “We are pleased to welcome 36 students to the first edition of this important training program. 12 students will be trained on Python for Data Science while 24 undergraduates will be trained on Python for Web. The training is under our Techtiary program which is dedicated to helping undergraduates acquire technical expertise before they graduate.”

“By learning Python, beneficiaries can position themselves for various opportunities in the ever-expanding information communication technology space. Python has been lauded as one of the most lucrative programming languages to learn and its applications are wide-ranging. With the faculty support from the good people of Python Nigeria, we are excited to be introducing this language to more young Nigerians,” Olayinka added.

 

Paradigm Initiative Hosts 2017 Techtiary Forum

By | Coding, Press Release, Techtiary

Paradigm Initiative will be hosting its Techtiary Forum 2017 with the theme, “Geek Entrepreneur – Beyond Coding”, from November 28– 29, 2017 at the ECWA Multipurpose Hall, 17 Montgomery Road Yaba Lagos,

Techtiary Forum is the annual climax to the yearlong Techtiary clubs activities across Nigeria’s tertiary institutions. According to Olayinka Taiwo, Techtiary Program Assistant,  at Paradigm Initiative, “Techtiary clubs have over the years become platforms where students initiate innovative tech ideas from the onset of their tertiary education and develop these ideas till graduation and beyond.

Some three hundreds Nigeria’s brightest innovators across various tertiary institutions will gather at the Forum to shape the future of Nigeria’s tech scene. Techtiary Forum 2017 will also provide the platform for many of these innovators to showcase their tech creations before experts panels and compete for the 1 Million Naira Taiwo Bankole Prize.

‘Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative noted, “Nigeria’s future does not lie in its mines and natural resources, but in the minds of its most creative young people – many of whom will be at Techtiary Forum 2017”.

Tope Ogundipe, the Director of Programmes of Paradigm Initiative also stated, “They will also get the chance to learn from some of Nigeria’s best technopreneurs such as Damilola Solesi of Smids Animation, Ommo Clark of iBez, Joseph Agunbiade of Budgit, and Anike Lawal of Mamalette. ‘Gbenga Sesan, the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative and Akin Oyebode, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, will give the keynote addresses.Banner

Speakers at the event include Olufunbi Falayi, CEO of Lead Space, Sheriff Shittu, founder of Switch! Express and Modupe Arokoyo, founder of Modupe Olobe, amongst others.

Techtiary Forum is a flagship of Paradigm Initiative’s Digital Inclusion programmes and is our contribution to connecting youths in underserved communities with ICT-enabled opportunities.

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