Mobile app developer (intern), Dafe Software
You are permitted to have dreams and ambitions. All you have to do is start.
Cynthia Chidera Peter
What do you do?
I am part of a team that creates mobile applications.
Why did you choose this field?
I never really liked computers. I always skipped my computer lessons back in high school. But College offered me computer science and I couldn't even reject it because, at that time, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do myself. I was just a 16 year old with no dreams of my own.
I had my first class in 2013, I was introduced to programming with Q-basic and that was it-- I was an introvert and for me, being able to just punch in keys into my PC and watch it change colors, patterns and even solve problems was a deal-breaker.
In the past 6 years, I have dabbled in and out of programming.
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
Being featured in a blog (https://herownhero.com.ng/) article this year on International women's day as one of the Nigerian Millenial women making waves in STEM was a deal-breaker for me. For someone like me, that still feels like an impostor and hasn't even built a solo complete project. I got motivated to start and finish a project. I thought, "If I could be featured even as a newbie in Flutter, then maybe if I did a meaningful project I will get a better audience and be able to mentor young females that think it's hard to be heard as a woman.
I never would've imagined few years back that I'll be doing well in the tech space. If I had known computers were going to be my best companions and being a techie could be this fun maybe I wouldn't have skipped my computer classes.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love the fact that I wake up in the morning and there is a mail for me from someone in Sri Lanka, or some part of the world I only see on maps and never been to that read my article and understood some concepts. The ability to teach people what I know is mind-blowing.
Best advice for next generation?
As a woman, there are lots of challenges and opportunities for you in tech. But you are permitted to have dreams and ambitions. All you have to do is start, if it gets hard talk to someone and never give up.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
“Do not be afraid of the shadows, it only means there's a light nearby.”