Nigerian Computer scientist
I once had a chat with an American friend, and he was surprise at my fluent in the use of the English language and I am surprise, does He think Africa is all about some barbaric bush men and women covering there nude with leaf and shouting the voodoo song like some barbarian. I am not surprise as some of their Historian labeled Africa to be a dark-continent (even though they latter justify this, saying it’s because of the malarial endemic). Ok, how all this does relates to the title “Nigerian Computer scientist”. I will say in two ways.
First, we Nigerian computer scientist must realize that we are blessed the same brain capacity as any other race, Dr. Ben Carson once said that the brain is a miraculously endowed to process two million bits of information per second, and it doesn’t matter if your white, green, black, red or blue. The Indians have proof this to be right, many top IT personalities are Indians, as Americans and Europeans now outsource projects to the Indians and other Asians. What am I trying to say? I have works with some brilliant Nigerian Computer s Scientist, and I am really surprise with how far we have advance but also wonder why in the world, will any corporate organization should want to patronize or outsource a critical IT Project (with the Nigerian Federal and state government inclusive) to foreign expatriate, when they (foreigners) wont dare to do the same. Then it dawn on me that most of us professional “Nigerian Computer scientist” are doing a great works, but most time we and our project are buried under the corporate firewall and its only the CEO of the corporate organization that has the say and the awards to show for our many sleepless night.
Secondly, many Nigerian corporate and government organization don’t trust or refuse to pay Nigerian Computer scientist as much as they pay their foreign counterpart, there is more reason for this I guess; one of the reason is in the packaging, the more your well package the better you can bargain, I’ve heard some friend introduce an India as the developer of the software they “Nigerian computer scientist” actually built, so that they can charge in dollar. Another reason for this is the “connection syndrome” in Nigerian, if your well connected you can write a crap program or even have someone write it for you or better still take it to someone with the right connection, to push it up to one big man or oga and the top so that you can smile to the bank. Most of this option, still relegate you the programmer to the background in the honor role of who takes the credit, I have once refuse to give up my software as a product of another lazy IT company because I know it will lead to a problem, when the honors drum are rolled out.
So the bottom line is three piece of advice I will like to give to any good and serious Nigerian Computer Scientist out there:
(1) Don’t work for someone forever, think about starting up your own IT company someday, before someone else will milk you dry and take all the credit; (seriously, even eclipse IDE or any major software out there, gives credit to its developers and other team somewhere in the program, websites or help, but not a Nigerian firm!)
(2) Don’t sell yourself to a middle man who is honor crazy, you can let go of some money, but don’t let go of your honor or credit. (Even a writer of a simple article for a Newspaper company, still retains his credit, this is why we have award winning journalist in Nigeria, so why would a gallant Software programmer not think about getting some credit even though he works many sleepless night for an Organization, no wonder we have little or no award winning programmer here, everything goes to the MD, CEO, COO, CIO and other Cs’)
(3)Be sincere enough to learn more about the IT Business too, because you will need to know more than writing a good program to market and sell your software, regardless of how much you are offer initially if you are consistent and hardworking with time your worth will grow, so will your client base and reputation.
By: Ben Onuorah