Close the digital divide with BU!

Modern technology has given everyone across the globe an opportunity to create something amazing regardless of where they come from.

One of these is twenty-one-year-old Elvis Chidera, whom Nigeria is proud to call theirs, and from a small village in Port Harcourt.

Elvis’s typical day growing up was a 2.5-kilometer walk to school and back, other things and working on projects that included building robots.

To build a robot, internet connection is required and the only place to access it was libraries and there used to be a scarcity of them back in the days.

He saw then, the importance of the internet and its ability to connect people in remote areas and rural villages like his, to also get access to educational content too.

When Elvis was 11 years old, his sister gave him a phone, a Nokia 2690. Remember those old Nokia phones shaped like a brick?  

He would save for weeks to buy internet bundles which would last him a month. Using the same phone, he would develop websites and built apps. At the time, there was not enough money to buy a laptop, but that didn’t stop him from achieving his dreams.

When he was 14 years old, he launched an app called XMx Me, an app that made text messages cheaper and easier to send.

Eventually, through determination, he saved enough to buy a laptop.

At 16, he launched a PrepUp app, which helps students prepare for exams. The invention resonated with Nelson Mandela’s wise words – “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Elvis’ dream and passion were to make education accessible for all, more especially in Africa.

Similar to Botho University, Elvis’ vision was to make education affordable and accessible for all.

Also, just like most people, he had companies that he desired to get employment. So he read about a certain company, where he applied and got a job there and guess what? At 19 he landed a job as an Android developer with an MIT spinout! Dreams do come true, isn’t it?

You should know the trailblazing young man because he is doing amazing things, all thanks to his initiative. The man who managed to open a world of opportunities with a basic ‘brick’ Nokia phone at age 11!

Today, he is a software engineer at a large company where he works on mobile infrastructure in Dubai at the age of 21.

Quite a journey isn’t it?

You too can achieve similar success or outdo Elvis with BU.

Study at Botho University for a BSc (Hons) in Mobile Computing and have a journey of a lifetime and learn ‘coding’ into the world of opportunities and connectivity.

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About Gloria Masia

A South African based journalist who is fascinated about storytelling. Although she is new in the industry with less than two years of industry experience, she is excited to learn more. Gloria loves to travel and learn about other cultures. She is currently a full time journalist/creative writer with CMG Marketing Communications t/a CreativeMagic Group.

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