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Dev Retro 2022 - The Highlights

Dev Retro 2022 - The Highlights

So it ends...

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Samson Okunola
·Dec 30, 2022·

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Table of contents

  • Higher Education
  • First Fulltime Job
  • Best Gig
  • In the pipeline
  • Mentor??
  • As the lights fade...

Season's greetings and happy holidays. It feels surreal that we're at the end of another year, like it was just January yesterday. I started this year with so much uncertainty but one thing I was certain of was that I was going to put in the effort. The year went by so fast, so many things to take away. Let me take you on a little journey of how it went:

Higher Education

In December 2021, enrolled for a 4 year programme to study Computer Science at the foremost polytechnic in Nigeria, Yaba College of Technology. Yeah, that's how much programming had "influence" on me. I know it wasn't a prerequisite that I studied the course. But I wanted more and what other than that? And I can say it's been a great journey so far, taking a deep dive into what I love. Currently on a CGPA of 3.43/4 and I couldn't be happier even I knew I could do better.

First Fulltime Job

The reason I'm quite impressed with my performance in school is that I got my job as an intern in April, my boss knew I was still schooling and decided to take a chance with me either way, and it's been a great experience for the both of us. I didn't think I put in much effort in my first month but I got recognized by the MD in just 30 days. Pinch me please. We made it official 3+ months later. Thank you Zummit.

Best Gig

And my team at Zummit is great one. We had a 14 y/o kid at some point who was interning, he was a genius. And there was Zee, words can't describe her. But the best highlight was someone I never expected. Now, he is a backend dev, I'm frontend and we were never paired at any point for any feature(none I can remember) but he somehow managed to always look at my work and paid close attention to it. He had a paid project he was working on and needed a frontend person, and I was the only who came to his mind. I couldn't wrap my head around it when he called and told me about it. I had a call with the PM and after concluding, I realized this path was the right one for me. I never thought I could negotiate the amount I did for a single project. And the best part, the project was fun.

In the pipeline

I saw a particular problem in the tech ecosystem I think most people just wave off or don't really think they could do something about. And in all sincerity, I don't think anyone could do anything about it too but I tried anyways. I drafted a document in that regard, sent it to the Twitter of a particular man I see as mentor(I don't know him in person, in fact I don't know most of my mentors in person). I forgot about it and after 5 months I got a response that has lead to kicking starting the project. The response? Just 3 words; "start building now!". Yup, the motivation I needed. We're currently designing the workflow of the entire system. Hopefully, we will get to building soon.


It sounded very weird in my ears when someone referred to me as their mentor. I mean I am still learning please. Anyways, I've 5 developers who I try to guide on the right path and I try to do my best. It's not easy being the lamp for others but if you keep at it diligently, it ensures one thing; you don't get snuffed out. I had to go the extra mile to make sure I wasn't giving wrong information to my guys which in turn lead to me getting better myself, win-win. That's more reason why I'm not going to stop doing this.

As the lights fade...

I couldn't have asked for a better year. And I going into the new year with enthusiasm. Lots of bit have been missed but these are the major highlights for me. I don't know what it holds but I'm sure of one thing; I'll keep putting in the effort, I'll always do.

Thanks for reading. I wish you all the best in the new year.

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