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Google Coding Champion Came From Village Without Internet!

Location map of Cameroon Equirectangular projection. Geographic limits of the map: N: 13.5° N S: 1.4° N W: 8.2° E E: 16.6° E (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Such a good feel good story - Kids in the West could learn from this young man.A true champion is one who braces through all adversities and hurdles coming in his or her way. And this 17-year-old African boy is no different! Nji Collins Gbah, who resides in a small, rural town far outside the capital of Cameroon, is Africa’s first Google Code-in champion. Google Code-in is a contest open to students around the world, aged 13 to 17.

What makes this champion different is that Collins used the knowledge he gained from two years of learning how to code by reading books along with online resource to beat his 1,299 other young adult competitors from around the world who have regular access to wireless networks in order to win the competition.

Collins is from the city of Bamenda in Cameroon’s predominantly Anglophone North-West region that recent…

Facebook, Politics and Losing Friends In Real Life

Just read an excellent article over on Medium's BackChannel by Jessi Hempel. Can't recommend it highly enough, as pretty much anyone that has been on Facebook for any length of time surely has had a similar experience(s). I know I have, not with close friends, but relatives. There is much truth in that old saying 'Never discuss Politics, Religion or Sex' in polite company. So true!


"Help,” my mother began our weekly phone conversation. “Marge and I aren’t speaking.” Marge is one of my mom’s best friends. When she moved houses, Marge showed up with curtains and a lamp and had her grown son heave boxes in from the car. When my mom found herself alone on Christmas one year, Marge set an extra spot at her table.
But here’s the thing: Marge is a Republican. My mom, a Democrat.
This hasn’t mattered for the better part of the last decade. Their friendship is built on warm conversations over lunches, shared confidences, and favors exchanged. But then, several weeks ago, Mom…