Samuel Francis: ‘I started coding at 10’ (read inspiring Story)

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Samuel Francis, young Prodigy explains how he fell in love with programming growing up as a child

Samuel Francis, a young undergraduate at the University of Nigeria,Nsukka got interviewed on vitalis kalu’s blog

His love for programming is jaw breaking, read as he tells his story of how he fell in love with programming at a very young age and how he has been able to utilize his skills.

Let us know you, Samuel Francis

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My name is Francis Chibuike Samuel, I come from Obio/Akpo L. G. A. In Rivers State, Nigeria.

What do you do?

I am a 100 level student of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Enugu. There isn’t much free time in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka but when I am not studying, eating or sleeping, you could find me playing basketball or messing around with codes, and by that I mean programming.

Why did you go into programing?

I fell in love with programming as a child. At a young age I was amazed and intrigued knowing that images on the TV, the games on a mobile phone and so much more were possible by programming. Ever since I was a child, I always wanted to know “how”.

What inspires you about programming?

As a child, I was always fond of electronic devices. Pressing a button and seeing the result was like a hobby. You may have heard of kids breaking toy cars, toy helicopters and actual phones just to know what is inside, I was one of those kids. The desire to know why and how such things were possible was an everyday inspiration.

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Tell us how you are able to cope with school work and programming

It hasn’t been easy staying faithful to my love for programming as a student, as there isn’t much free time, but you’d always find time for what you love. In order to do this, I start with a plan. There’s a popular saying I always work with, it goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”So everyday I spend about an hour, taking into consideration how I want the next day to be, allocating time to various activities of the day to come. Though, the day almost never goes according to plan due to unforeseen variables, I ensure that my plan is flexible to change. Another key principle would be discipline. Being able to avoid frivolities and distractions is a skill that must be developed if success is to be achieved.But the most important factor that makes it possible for me to cope is the God-factor.A 15-30 minute period of prayer every morning always places my day on the right start.

If not programming, what else will you do?

If not programming, I’d remain a writer forever. I’d stick to my ability to transform ink into images and words into worlds.

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What benefits have you got from writing?

Scientifically, programming helps in the development of a higher IQ.It has also helped me in the study of mathematics.The most satisfying factor is the joy of successfully executing a code.

Do you think Programming is lucrative in Nigeria?


What is your advise for upcoming young programmers in the country?

Whenever you find yourself wondering why computers are computers, why a phone call is possible, or even why it is possible that you can read through this article. Find a programming language that suits you (you can explore all) and code. Just code!Find problems, solve them.Create problems, solve them.

What do you think about Francis’ Story? Were you inspired? Tell us in the comment section.


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