Igniting Tech Passion: Navigating from a Spark to a Flame Through Supportive Communities

Introduction
Embarking on my tech journey wasn’t rooted in sterile labs or intricate code; it began with the innocent curiosity of a child. Guided by the wisdom of my late father, I found myself enrolled in university, pursuing a degree in Information and Communication Technology. I had no idea that this decision would not only shape my academic path, but also reveal a vibrant world of tech communities.

University Ventures and Beyond
The university served as my training ground, pushing me into unexplored territories. After graduating, I pursued my thirst for deeper knowledge by joining Olotu Square in collaboration with the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta — PIND. In 2021, I delved into the world of Digital Marketing. Subsequently, I volunteered for various communities and undertook an internship with Coriftech Solutions Ltd in Asaba.

Community Engagement
My academic journey is seamlessly intertwined with the rich tapestry of tech communities. The first step led me to GDG Asaba, under the leadership of Godswill Azubike. Here, I honed the skill of cultivating environments where minds converge, problems find solutions, and ideas take flight. Another exciting chapter led me to She Code Africa Asaba, a welcoming haven for female developers, designers, and tech enthusiasts. In this space, I thrived as a co-lead.

Personal Growth and Leadership
Active participation propelled my growth under the guidance of community leaders. Stepping into leadership roles at She Code Africa Asaba and GDG Asaba, I not only managed these communities but also spearheaded the development of a new community in Coriftech, attracting over 200 participants in less than two months. The journey extended beyond borders as I harnessed the power of social media for companies both near and far.

Navigating Obstacles
The path I’ve treaded hasn’t always been a seamless journey. One notable challenge arose during my university years when I encountered the notion that women aren’t suited for the tech field. This sparked a question in my mind: Why is that stereotype still prevalent? Moreover, I dealt with Impostor syndrome and self-doubt, struggling with the belief that I may not have the ability or deserving of success. Despite these hurdles, my determination has been a guiding light, helping me overcome these challenges and reaffirm my passion for technology.

Advocacy for Women in Tech
My passion for supporting women in tech encouraged me to seek out the Women Techmakers program. While the initial attempt faced challenges, perseverance paid off, and I am now a proud Women Techmakers Ambassador. In this role, I’m lucky to inspire and support women in their tech career pursuits. Additionally, I take an active role in coordinating and hosting various events and webinars to foster community engagement and knowledge sharing.

Aspirations and Acknowledgments
The flame within me continues to burn brightly. Dreams of establishing my tech community, a nurturing space for aspiring minds, propel me forward. I envision a global network, interconnected with threads of opportunity that transform lives. I want to express my sincere thanks to the communities, mentors, friends, and family members whose unwavering support has played a crucial role in nurturing my growth and development.

Conclusion
This is more than a tech journey; it’s a profoundly human one. It’s about the communities that kindle our passions, the mentors who nurture our growth, and the dreams that drive us forward. Reflecting on this, the embers of childhood curiosity have transformed into a blazing bonfire, illuminating not only my path but also guiding fellow tech enthusiasts toward their aspirations.

Esther Uchechukwu Edike

Community Manager – Coriftech Solutions, Women Techmaker Ambassador – Asaba, Community Lead – SheCodeAfrica Asaba

After graduating, I pursued my thirst for deeper knowledge by joining Olotu Square in collaboration with the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta — PIND. Stepping into leadership roles at She Code Africa Asaba and GDG Asaba, I not only managed these communities but also spearheaded the development of a new community in Coriftech Solutions Ltd in Asaba., attracting over 200 participants in less than two months.

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