Project BuildUp set out on a mission to help the career of young techies and does not plan to stop this anytime soon - follow @enyatacommunity
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The best we can do is to provide the resources/support and hope the tech community grows immensely as a result of this. How the techies decide to use the resources is solely their choice and something we have no control over - especially if there is no signed legal agreement.
Talking about what the techies decide to do with the resources, let’s share what some other awardees have done with their Macbooks & how it has helped them.
“Before Enyata, I was studying Animal Sciences in OAU. My Dad has been trying to get me to go back to school and study Medicine. Me, I don’t even want to go back to a Nigerian school, let alone study Medicine of all things. I don’t like book like that.
I’d tried to get my dad to key into my tech journey by telling him some of my achievements like I’m the team lead for this, I’ve won this number of tech competitions, etc. but it didn’t move him one bit.
He’s even seized my gadgets before and my laptop was really bad.
It had battery and screen issues. Literally half of my screen was red and I couldn’t even ask them to help me get a new one.
When I heard that I won, I told my dad and he was ecstatic. This man actually went to buy me a suit and he followed me all the way to Lagos to receive the Mac.
Now, he’s always asking about my tech life. So Enyata saved me from Medicine and improved my relationship with my dad. Thank you.”
— Amazing Grace
“Before I got the MacBook, my parents really didn’t understand my tech journey, or why I stayed up late coding, etc.
I don’t think they’re even fully on board, but whenever they express doubt, I remind them that it is tech that got me MacBook o. So, they’re a bit lenient now.
Also, my previous laptop was a pain in the ass. There were some courses that I just couldn’t take because it had battery issues. Now, I can take my courses with peace, even though school dey chokes person life.’
“I’d been saving for a laptop for most of 2020.
I had an internship that was paying 40k and then another that paid 60k. Saving up was really hard.
It was a friend of mine that encouraged me to apply. I won but she didn’t. Since I’d saved up around 100k, I gave it to her for a new laptop. Another friend of ours, who also won a Mac, gave her 50k she was saving to get a laptop. Technically, all 3 of us got laptops. Thanks, Enyata. You made a friendship group really happy.”
“Winning the MacBook was the first big thing my parents saw me do with all the code that I’ve been writing.
They rate me in that house now and they’ve stopped asking me why I stay up late.
I’ve also gone from being unemployed to having 3 jobs because I can do more work with my Mac. Enyata has been a blessing to me”
“I didn’t sell my MacBook o. I gave it to my younger sister.
We both applied actually but she wasn’t chosen. I gave it to her because I feel that she is more deserving. Before I won the MacBook, we used to share my laptop but now that I gave it to her, she’s grown so much that she’s working with an international company as a product designer.
Right now, she’s going into blockchain design and design systems, so I don’t regret giving it to her.
For me, I’m using my old laptop and learning how to code. By God’s grace, I’ll be able to gather money and get a better one for myself.”
“I’ve always wanted to learn how to build mobile apps. Now, that I have a Mac, I’ve started building mobile apps with Flutter. I and my friends are even working on a project: https://acanode.com
What Enyata has done is to give me a leap to believe in myself.”
We remain elated about what we were able to accomplish together with Enyata and extremely proud of all the beneficiaries and their growth so far. Look out for the next! We will keep at it and hope that the seed we sow, sprouts healthily to benefit generations to come.