Inspiring colleagues at the Andela bootcamp
The influence of our colleagues in our lives cannot be over-emphasized. They go a long way in defining/re-defining us. Within a very short period, I have met colleagues that have made a 1-year impact in my life, no exaggeration. This is possible due to my involvement in the Andela bootcamp activities. The bootcamp so far has been very interesting. The interesting part would definitely be missing without the wonderful people around, from the Andelans to the Bootcampers. Everyone has been so amazing. The co-operation began three weeks before the bootcamp, immediately after we were enlisted. We were all thrilled by the invitation and couldn’t wait to meet physically. I was not disappointed. We are all truly amazing. I had close interactions with some of my colleagues and everyone, even with unique characteristics has a common drive and passion for tech. I learned from them all. Above all, the competition did not stop us from helping each other. It actually united us.
We were also divided into teams. This was necessary for better interaction with our Learning Facilitator Assistants. My teammates are all amazing people.
There is Ikechukwu Njoku. Ikechukwu is someone I recognize from a recently-concluded program, ALCwithMicrosoft, organized by Andela and Microsoft. He was very active in our slack channels and was ever-ready to help solve other people’s issues. I was not surprised seeing him display the same characteristics here. He is ever-ready to help, technically and otherwise. I had a problem with network connection on our first day at bootcamp and he came through for me with his personal WiFi connection.
Wisdom Sullivan is another gentleman, goal-driven, optimistic, calm and concentrated. He is always in the mix of things and helps out wherever he can. He provides comic relief when the pressure gets intense (the pressure was never low). He has a high level of endurance. I remember he was ill, but that didn’t stop him from looking forward, he still carried on.
Uche Akogwu is an epitome of selflessness, courage, determination, and calmness in the midst of a storm. He would always pause his (important) work to help me out. On the first day of our bootcamp, my computer gave me series of issues, which he helped me solve. He’s always ready to seek help and improve on his work, there was never any evidence of anxiety in his composition.
My teammates have added much value to life, professionally and otherwise. All I have learned definitely goes beyond my team. There are so many awesome bootcampers and I have learned from them in a way or another. I can’t forget my LFA (Learning Facilitator Assistant). He has been very EPIC.
Whatever the outcome of this bootcamp, I appreciate these wonderful people and really look forward to collaborating with them beyond the bootcamp.