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My journey into tech part 1: The grandma's impact

My Journey Into Tech Part 1: The Grandma's Impact

Hey! I am happy to share my story with you all today; most of my teenage days were spent with my grandma who happens to be the oldest daughter of their family.

My journey into the tech space today won’t be complete without making reference to my grandma late Mrs. Medina Ekhaizor – A woman with a heart of gold, GOD fearing and an amazing grandmother.

It was late 2011 August to be precise; when some persons from Living Faith Church Alias Winners Chapel came to my school; Success Secondary School, to talk about free computer literacy, which was not really free. After closing from school that day, on getting home I and my cousin Julie told my grandma about the advert and what one can do with computer after learning; after explaining much about the advert to her she enquired about the price of which we told her it was a thousand Naira, she then asked us to start that July 31st since the training was schedule to last for 6weeks.

So, we started the training, sometimes we enter an Okada. Otherwise, we trek to the Living Faith Church which is almost an hour away from home, and also do the same thing after closing, but on a Wednesday, we were asked to stay for their mid-week service, which I always like to attend.

Classes for training start from 8:00am through 4:00pm everyday but I was unable to attend the full weeks since we do go to church on Sundays and not all Saturdays were suitable but we just have to attend for knowledge’s sake. It seems my grandma knew she would be leaving me in no time and decided to do all this.

On a Friday which is normally our day for test, each group were to choose a representative to represent them at the test since learners where much; we were about 5 groups of which I was in group D if I can recall correctly, some of the persons I can remember being on same group are as followed: Freeborn, Abiola, Uche, Darlington who happened to be the girl who told me I can’t represent our team(group), although she was a bit older than me and later my team mates choose me to represent them. I went there and I did the job, I thought my team failed but I heard someone clapping from behind; on checking who the person was, it was the church then resident pastor; Pastor Kelechi.

Pastor Kelechi said to me you are brilliant and how did you do that? but I was not able to explain how I solved the problem on Microsoft Excel even till date, I don’t know how I was able to fix(solve) that problem.

So, from 2011 to 2013 there was no laptop or desktop to exercises all my trainings, so one faithful day, I was able to link to my auntie in the United States of America via Facebook one of the popular social media site today, on reaching her, I told her about my desire to own a personal computer (PC). but took some time to respond but she did finally respond. She informed me that she just sends 100box to me ($100) which was about NGN35,000 then, so I had to travel from home to Auchi which is a different local government from my local government without the notice of my uncle (grandma's brother) who i was staying with at the moment, on getting to the bank at Auchi I was asked for some credentials of which i tried presenting my voters card which was rejected.

And the pin from western union which was sent to me by my auntie (Evelyn Omo-Abu). the bank guy asked me not to expose it like that as it can be compromised and my funds would get extracted. So, I immediately hid the pin knowing fully well that without that I won't be able to buy the laptop I needed.

So, after the bank rejected the credentials I presented, it was now time to return to my local government area (Agenebode) but I was out of funds that moment and I was tasty; after much trekking from the bank's site. I went to visit a friend asking for help so I can return back home; so I can be in school tomorrow but all gave me the same reply, so I took courage and my faith was made alive that moment. and I trekked to the motor (car park) and I was just wandering up and down just trying to get any driver's attention but none answered me. It looks more like all hope was lost and my faith was about fidgeting, I had to give one last try, I then asked a man (a driver) though have forgotten his name, I explained my situation at the moment to the man. The man was GOD sent that day.

I got home to my local government that day at about 7:00pm, so the next day or that night I told my auntie my experience. So, I was able to find a way to withdraw the money. 

After the withdrawal I was able to buy a laptop at NGN18,000 from a book vendor who put his laptop up for sale.  The laptop has the following description Dell inspiron, 8gb Hdd, 1gb ram, running on window Xp, very small computer, battery doesn’t last up to an hour. So, I was happy using the laptop to do things I planned on doing but I was not satisfied and comfortable as the laptop gets drain easily and the space was hell. So, I had to buy a USB card reader and I bought 8gb memory card so I can plug the card reader in anytime I want to use the software on my memory card and the system was now okay for me as I have a memory card I can insert anytime. Still in secondary school, there is this my classmate who happens to be a phone repair guy, he has two laptops one Hewllet Packard (HP) and one Dell (without battery) it only comes up when plugged to electricity else it can’t be used, and when there is power failure or outage the system goes off immediately. I lost a lot of files due to this so I implore Control + S as my best friend to save quickly without losing files and contents as before.

This my story I hope it inspired you? do not worry this is not the end of my journey to be continued later in my subsequent writings 

Thanks for reading my story, kindly share with friends and families

GOD bless you.

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Tamar : Amazing story

11 months ago

Charles Techy : Am glad you were blessed with the story

April 09, 2022

Victor Ijomah : What an elder sees sitting, we can't actually see it even if we climb to the top of mount Everest

1 year ago

Charles Techy : You nailed it, GOD bless you ❤️❤️❤️

April 06, 2022

Hamplus : Grandmothers are great!

1 year ago

Charles Techy : Yes sire 🙏

April 06, 2022

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