I am Saidat, an SS student of a Catholic secondary school in Ijebu-Ode. I live with my parents in Ijebu-Ode as well. After my third term examination in July, I was thinking of resuming for our normal holiday summer coaching lesson at school, not until my cousin changed that.
On a windy evening my dad sent for me and told about this wonderful teenagers coding camp, which my cousin has earlier informed him of. Then my daddy asked me, am I camping or will I be going daily, I told him will be going daily so that I could help my mummy with some house chores.
I got to the coding summer camp on Thursday at 9:00 am, I met my cousin waiting for me outside the gate, then he showed me to the hub, I go into the hub and I see up to ten teens sitting and a woman. She was the one teaching the class that morning, unknowingly I didn’t know that she is also my cousins’ boss, because she is young,
I thought she was a staff but my cousin told me that she is the founder of How Do You Tech. I was so surprised seeing a woman, heading a big organisation.
I was also happy because I saw someone organising and sponsoring a free coding camp in this country, it’s rare. And together with that, we were given free lunch and you will eat to your satisfaction.
This is a good thing in our country, sponsoring a free coding camp. We were introduced to coding, learnt how to code on a PC, also using a game on the internet. I came to understand that learning computer nowadays computer is important, even if you want to become a lawyer.
I also learnt that the internet can be useful to all, even if you are a tailor searching for a style to design or sew a dress for a customer.
Now I am good at typing, creating an email for myself, I can search on the internet for information. I want to be a soldier, I did not think I needed the internet before, but now I know that I can use it to communicate with others.
I also learnt about python, a coding language. At first when I heard the word ‘python’, I thought it was a snake. But now I know that python is a programming language and the easiest language to learn on programming. So you can see that I gained a lot of things by coming to this camp.
We had to show up on Sunday too and I thought we were just going to play a game but surprisingly, it was outing day, and we visited the Yemoji Natural Pool Resort. It is a natural swimming pool because the water comes from a river. On our way going, I saw a big company and I asked what they do, Aunty Mary told me that it is the Nigerian Breweries formerly belonging to 33, the beer maker.
On getting to Yemoji Natural Pool Resort, we met a grandpa at the gate, I think he should be the gatekeeper because the gate was open by him. When I entered the resort, it was a beautiful garden and I was amazed. Some people where in the water swimming, I went straight to change into my swimming trunk and I fly into the river.
I love swimming but it is not my hobby, others came to join me and we swam together. It was so interesting, we came out of the river to take our snacks and enjoy ourselves after one hour and we went back to the river to enjoy our swimming. Aunty Mary’s brother came to pick us up at 5:30 pm, and we all departed to our various houses afterwards.
I say a big thank you to all the people who made this event happen, I pray God should reward them with good health and more wisdom, Insha Allah.