"The only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren't looking for at a great bargain!" --Uncle Iroh
I started my journey innocently enough. I was 3 years old when I first played a video game. What can I say, I got hooked. Just a few years later, Secret of Evermore would ensure I was head over heels for video games. It sucked me in like a black hole with its immersive world and exciting adventure. Before I knew it, I not only wanted to play video games, but to also make them.
In my preteen years, I began working to design my own games. When I got my first phone and personal access to the internet in high school, I googled how to make video games, and thus my journey into programming started. I loved it instantly. I would find myself writing code on paper in my spare time, and when it came my turn to use the family desktop, I'd even sacrifice my gaming time in order to test out my code.
I kept at it, mostly just driven by my own curiosity. It remained mostly a hobby until after I dropped out of med school, and started considering it as a primary career. I eventually took the plunge and switched over to IT. That was the best big decision I ever made. It was a risky move, given the ageing education system in Nigeria, but it worked out in the end. One thing led to another, and I ended up studying in Mauritius.
As Uncle Iroh said, "The only thing better than finding something you are looking for is finding something you weren’t looking for at a great bargain!". For me, that was the case when I suddenly realized that I was already having a ton of fun in web development. What started out as a stepping stone to video game development ended up as my main career. I get to make websites, while still being able to make video game prototypes with the same skillset. It's the best of both worlds.
I thoroughly enjoy building user experiences, and solving challenges in elegant ways. Seeing your work being genuinely useful to others is a kind of satisfaction that cannot be put to words. Being able to teach and learn from others as well, makes it even more rewarding. Joining Netzstrategen has provided me with even more room to grow and to make an impact. I eagerly look forward to my new adventures!