Oluwaseun Otoki - Web Developer with Academic Background
We run a 6-3-3-4 educational system in Nigeria. What this means is that an average Nigerian child spends 6 years in primary school, 3 years in junior secondary school, another 3 years in senior secondary school and the last 4 years in the tertiary school. Although some of us had a preschool experience even before going through the 6-3-3-4 scheme, the official academic arrangement is still the 6-3-3-4 system.
I started my schooling at the Omolara Nursery and Primary School, Felele Rab, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. This was where I had my preschool experience.
It was not long after then that I had to move to Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG), Idi-iroko Molete in the same city of Ibadan in Nigeria for my Primary School Experience. I spent 6 years in IMG and wrote my primary school leaving certificate examination to get admitted to Government College Ibadan (GCI).
At that time, GCI was one of the best secondary schools in Nigeria. I spent another 6 years in GCI where the real foundation was laid and we were thought to be the best in whatever we do. I was a brilliant science student and also a school prefect. One of the standards for selecting a school prefect was the student's academic performance. So, it was a rare priviledge to be a prefect.
After my secondary school, I began to notice my passion for the computer designs and web developments. This was around 2002, I was busy going to the cybercafes to browse and check websites. Shortly after the discovery of my new love (Web Development), I got admission to the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) in Ogun State Nigeria, another state in the South Western Nigeria. I was admitted to study Geology but my love for IT especially Web Development kept waxing stronger as I studied Geology. In 2007, when I was leaving OOU, I had designed several websites for my fellowship, departments, organization, groups and even fellow students who had businesses on campus. I left the University with a strong desire to improve my skills and passion for the web development industry.
The thirst for knowledge about the web was what led me to the University of California Davis Extension, where I had a solid academic background as a web developer. At UC Davis Extension, I found some things familiar and at the same time I saw some new things and also some new ways of doing things.