“Well done, sir. Mr talker, ekú isé.
Mr wetin-no-concern-me reporter, that’s right!”

Background track for this piece: Mind your business by Simi ft Falz.

“Lamide, ṣe o ni cancer ni?”

I could have sworn I heard my heart break, honestly. Madam, what did we carry? What did you throw? (Kilagbe? Kileju?) Of course, I’ll tell you the whole story. It was sometime in January 2019; one of my mum’s close friends had come to spend some time with her. I had just returned home from my friend’s office and wanted to say hi to my mum before locking myself in…

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Before I ventured into Technical Writing, I was already involved in other forms of writing — copy, content, and academic. However, for some reasons, I was a bit sceptical about being a technical writer. Honestly, I think it began with the name. “Technical Writing” sounded sophisticated, and I felt like I was not good enough for it.

Months down the line, I partook in a technical writing challenge, after which I went into technical writing proper. I now work as a documentation writer. Some things have helped me on this journey; I have outlined them to share with you.

First off, what is technical writing?


Our ‘Diverting Into Tech’ series aims to aid people who want to make the big switch to tech from an unrelated background. We discussed with Rianat Abbas, who made the change about two years ago and have detailed it in this writeup.

Rianat is a Product Designer at Enkoded Technologies who also doubles as a Front-end Developer at Farmkonnect Nigeria.

Rianat’s Story

Rianat wanted a career that would fit her personality as an introvert, so she switched from Educational Management to Tech in 2019. She started by taking a course in Front-end Development. After a while of Front-End Development, she interned at…

Hey there, A!
You’re probably tired of my letters now, lol. You have to deal with it, though; I mean, you bombarded me with quite many too. No, I’m not complaining; in fact, I’d kill to get one more. Just one more.

I miss you, A. I miss you so much; it hurts. I don’t see the vivid images in my mind anymore; I don’t remember how you look like in your shirt when I wear it, and it’s scary. A, sincerely, I now have to squint or shut my eyes to remember. I think that’s what pains me more…

Importance of joining tech communities
Importance of joining tech communities

Like every other aspect of life — family, school, career, etc. — the significance of peer support to a techie’s growth cannot be over-emphasized. There are various tech communities available. There are gender-specific ones like She Code Africa and Women Who Code, track-specific ones like Àșà Coterie, WordPress Community and She Designs Africa, and the ‘come one, come all’ types like Google Developer Student Club and ForLoop Africa. …

Urrrggghhh, I can’t believe I’m doing this. I mean, I’m supposed to be a hard girl o. I think that I love you too much, more than I could ever express. I almost never say it and my head ‘do usually touch’ most times, but today looks like the perfect opportunity to say it anyway. I doubt you’d ever let me live it down.

Hey there, silly! Remember how we met? Oh my, I remember struggling to remember your name for a few minutes before P and I walked up to you. That day, I was the ‘caretaker’. It’s funny…

When you want to contribute to Open Source or start a new role/job, you may struggle or find it a bit hard to adjust and adapt to the new codebase. The longer this process takes, the more stressed and unproductive you may be.

She Code Africa had a tweet chat (#SCATweetChat) with Ridhwana Khan on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, at 6 pm WAT. She enlightened us on how to explore and unravel a new codebase.

Ridhwana Khan is a Software Engineer at Forem. She is a South African who is passionate about advocacy for diversity and inclusion in the tech…


This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

And so, it begins…

Wednesday, October 28th 2020

7:58 am

Frank Idehen, 32.

“I’m at Abule Oja, parked a few blocks from Temi’s hostel. Please, come pick me up, I can’t drive any further. I’ll share my location on WhatsApp.”

That was Ms Chidinma Adefila-Adda, my friend and colleague at work. I could barely hear her over the phone, but one…

Olamide 'Pearl' Makinde

I kinda just like to rant here.

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