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Despite the fact that the Internet connection has been completely shut down in the northwest and southwest of Cameroon (its two main English-speaking regions) for the past 24 days now, a 17-year-old Cameroonian has defied the odds to emerge as the first African to win Google’s Code-In Competition — a competition that allows pre-university students between the ages of 13 and 17 complete tasks specified by partner open source organizations to name a few.

Collins won under the “OpenMRS” category; an open source enterprise electronic medical record system platform.


Actually he was affected by the Internet blockade imposed by the Cameroon Government, but did he let that stop him?

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He had to travel to another town to submit his solution.

In his words:

When GCI started, I was anxious and nervous to some extent. I had to find ways to turn my nervousness into creativity and fun. Participating was super exciting and really exhausting,  and at the end, I discovered that I gained a whole new level of experience in the Open source world.”

Collins Nji will be traveling to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA to meet the Google Open Source team and other members of the Google Software Engineering team for a tour of Silicon Valley finest.


What challenges did you say you are facing again?

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All of us at haxxyloaded congratulate collings drop your well wishes for him.

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