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Linda Chinwetelu: No limits

 

About Her:

Linda Chinwetelu is a young Nigerian currently ruling the world of technology. She started from her little corner and is expanding rapidly! She works currently as a software developer at Hotels.ng; an online travel agency founded by Mark Essien that specialises in hotel bookings within Nigeria.

She has a passion for self-development which was fueled by her parents. This has helped to set her on the path to becoming the ‘geek’ she is today.

Linda has a B.Sc; Second Class Upper in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2014.

She is a brilliant web developer who spent most of her university holidays teaching herself using Bucky’s Beginner Web Development videos and other learning materials.

She is also proficient with using the following programming languages: JavaScript, PHP, MYSQL, MongoDB. She also likes working with these technologies: Sphinx Git, NodesJs, React JS, jQuery and Linux Servers.

Her Work:

Between August 2013 – December 2013, she worked as a web development Intern at Syscomptech; an Internet service company in Lagos State.

Some of her achievements during the Internship program include creating a classified job ads site using a classified ad Script – Osclass.

She was also responsible for building the ‘Employee Profile’ and ‘Resume Upload’ component for a job recruitment website. She helped to co-implement a redesign on the homepage of an Economics Consulting Website and also represented Syscomptech in meetings thus translating Client-User requests for Implementation.

She started working at Hotels.ng in October 2014 as a Software Developer. Her role and achievements here include managing data migration between servers, debugging of legacy codes, building new features, managing outsourced developers and writing PHP code to implement app features. She also writes Structured Query Language (SQL) queries to interact with databases and Client and Server Side JavaScript for different applications depending on specifications. She also played an active role in the refactoring of the code base and a subsequent rewrite.

Linda Chinwetelu’s work has been recognized both nationally and internationally;

In February 2014, she emerged as Second runner up in the British Council Culture Shift III Hackathon competition in Nigeria. During the competition, Linda Chinwetelu and her team built an interactive digital image bank to connect the creative industry with an audience.

She also developed a web image upload bank with functionalities which includes Upload, Search, Categorize and Social shares.

In October 2015, she received the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) Scholarship Award under the auspice of the Anita Borg Institute. She was also a volunteer blogger at the GHC.

Why TechHer Loves Her:

Linda’s profile is interesting to read. This serves as an inspiration to women, especially young girls. We like her because of her love and interest in self-development.

She once said that she learnt to code because she was determined. In an interview, she talked about knowing what she wanted to do and how she went about it.

“…That was the exact moment, I knew. “I am going to learn how to do that,” I said to myself. The next holiday, I got Bucky’s Beginner Web Development videos and lot of books on web development. Then, I told my dad that I would need his monetary support to fuel the generator in order to have adequate power supply.”

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