For some unexplainable reasons, I already told myself that I won’t write any post related to my “2016 in review”, but then I saw Segun Famisa’s excellent 2016 in review article. Immediately, I was fired up!!! But then, me to me, I was like, NO!!!
The next day, after consuming large portions of beef and vegetable from my mama, I came online. Guess what I saw? Ire Aderinokun’s inspiring 2016 in review article. Me to me, again, I was like:
I would be the Special Adviser to the Devil on Lying Affairs if i said 2016 was ordinary for me. It was incredibly amazing, outstanding, and super-lit, OMG!
Open Source Projects
This year I had the privilege of working on a lot of open source projects. At different times last year, some of these projects surprisingly got massive attention. 😱😱😱😱
In October, Celestine Omin(Senior Technical Assistant at Andela) and I gave talks on How to become a better developer, Scaling your applications and Developer War Stories in Accra, Ghana. Ahmed Salifouof PHPOceandid arecap.
In October, I was invited to inspire the graduating students at Valley View University, Ghana. Who am I to refuse? Went in there & fired them up!!!
On November 4, I was in Jos, Plateau State. I gave a talk on User Identity Management in Your Apps with Auth0 at HackJos. Check out theslides.
On November 18, I gave an inspiring talk(So, I heard) about becoming a World Class Developer atGDG DevFest South-East, PortHarcourt, Nigeria.
On November 19, I gave a talk about How to become a World Class Developer at the debut GDG Asaba event, in Delta State, Nigeria.
I worked as a Technical Trainer at Andela until around mid-year 2016. I spent the later part of the year consulting for Auth0 & Cloudinary. This gave me the opportunity to travel to the United States of America for the first time to attend Auth0’s Offsite Annual Event in Washington.
I had the opportunity to travel again to the U.S.A for Chrome Developer Summit and Google Developer Expert Summit in San-Francisco.
I also visited Kenya, Ethiopia, Germany and Ghana.
My first open source project in 2016 got me trending for almost 3 weeks on Github top PHP developers. So this happened:
My Family: Dad, Mum and Siblings were all in good health in this year.
I turned 24 in October this year & it was a very memorable experience.
I registered my tiny company.
I bought my first car this year. 💪✌️
I lost an IPhone 6 and a MacBook this year. 😢 Well, I upgraded to an IPhone 7 and a better Machine, sorry Macbook! 🚀🚀🚀🚀
I did not read any non-technical book this year. 😢
Finally, I met the goddess of sarcasm, an amazing young Architect & most importantly an Edo geh. I mean, what could be better than having someone constantly poking you to do better & supporting you all the way. Thank you, Elsie!!!
What about 2017?
I’m excited for 2017. In short, I already tagged it the year of excellence. As Uncle Victor Asemota already stated, I’ve activated the #beastMode for 2017. These are just a few of my world domination plan in the coming year:
Writing: I want to write more technical articles and take my writing to the next level. I’ll endeavour to write and publish 3 books. This is a very herculean task but as they say; if your dreams don’t scare you, then you haven’t started.
Speaking: I want to speak in major conferences, give more powerful & highly entertaining talks in several meetups and conferences.
I want to travel to at least 7 new countries!
I met so many amazing people this year that I didn’t mention here. I’m thankful and grateful for how you all have helped me grow. Cheers to an amazing 2017. #BeastMode 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌