￼This West Cameroonian Kid is the First African to Win Google Hacking Competition
With the crippling Internet shutdown which occurred in the English Cameroons for some weeks now; Collins Nji a 17 year-old Upper Sixth student at the Government Bilingual High School Bamenda succeeded in emerging as the first Black and African Grand Prize Winner for the Google Code-In 2016 contest.
The Google Code In is a competition for Pre-university students aged between 13 to 17 where students are given a variety a variety of bit-sized tasks to hack open source software.
Collins a product of the Silicon Mountain tech ecosystem was particularly affected by the Internet blockade imposed by the Cameroon Government.
He was forced to travel to nearby Bafoussam to submit his solutions and return to Bamenda to continue working despite the risks involved.
On January 30th Google announced the winners of this year’s contest; Collins is the first African to have won this competition. As a result he will be traveling to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA to meet the Google Open Source team and other members of the Google Software Engineering team for a tour of Silicon Valley finest.
He will have the opportunity to meet other like-minded hackers from all over the world for an intense week of intellectual and cultural exchange.
With the damaging effects of the Internet shutdown in the English Cameroons during the past few months Collins Nji’s performance is laudable and exemplary to all African hackers should be inspired by his example. In his own words “When GCI started I was anxious and nervous to some extent… I had to find ways to turn my nervousness into creativity and fun. Participating was super exciting and really exhausting, and at the end, I discovered that I gained a whole new level of experience in the Open source world.”
In the face of oppression and hardship anyone who is steadfast can succeed.