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2020 is a great year, the year I turn 32. I am grateful for a lot – first for the good life and also for the wonderful people that have crossed my path in the last year. This time of the year is not only significant to me because of it being my birthday, it is even more so a day I have given birth to many other things that make up my life. This is not a day to drop a long epistle, but I being a somewhat deep person do better when I put down my thoughts before I share. So as the Psalm...

2020 is a great year, the year I turn 32. I am grateful for a lot – first for the good life and also for the wonderful people that have crossed my path in the last year. This time of the year is not only significant to me because of it being my birthday, it is even more so a day I have given birth to many other things that make up my life.

This is not a day to drop a long epistle, but I being a somewhat deep person do better when I put down my thoughts before I share. So as the Psalmist asked God to teach us [how] to number our days, sometimes, I just want to do things that would help remind me to be grateful for everything that has come my way. I also want to read my texts in years after and have a peek on what my thoughts were and also get graph-like snippets of my path of growth.

What’s up in 2020? So I do want to join a political party this year - in preparation to declare my intentions to run for an executive  (political) position in 2023. Yay! By 2023, I would be old enough to run for any office I so feel like in Nigeria. I think our dear country, Nigeria needs people like us, who have the vision and courage to step up and take responsibility of leadership of this country.

Enough of hoping for a better future for the coming generation; I think its time we join hands to build a great nation of our dreams. So I am on a look out for that solid party to join, any recommendations? Caveat though, I am not ready to start experimenting with parties without a solid structure or foundation; I would appreciate your prayers and support.

Also, I noticed we do not have any indigenous email solution in Nigeria. Russia has a “mail.ru”, South Africa has a “mail.co.za”; so I am building an email platform specially packaged for Nigeria.  It wouldn’t be so much work for me (It is a lot of work though), being one of Africa’s finest programmer and server administrator (*winks*) and also having championed a corporate email server “Comeriver Mail” specially for our website clients for many years, I could build this million-dollar venture with a minor fraction of what it should cost. Also, I will appreciate name suggestions for our email platform. Finally, a decade-old dream might come alive this year!

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1 month ago

Leveraging IT for the growth of SMES in OYO state

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Much talk about Information Technology, let’s get down to the business of putting technology to work as Ibadan Entrepreneurs Network (IEN) celebrates the 3rd year of impact in Oyo State, Nigeria.  Ayoola FALOLA, a cyber-security expert and founder of the web publishing technology PageCarton would be moderating a panel session discussing how Information Technology can be harnessed to help spawn exponential gain for Small and Medium Enterprises in Oyo State. Discussants of the pan...

Much talk about Information Technology, let’s get down to the business of putting technology to work as Ibadan Entrepreneurs Network (IEN) celebrates the 3rd year of impact in Oyo State, Nigeria. 

Ayoola FALOLA, a cyber-security expert and founder of the web publishing technology PageCarton would be moderating a panel session discussing how Information Technology can be harnessed to help spawn exponential gain for Small and Medium Enterprises in Oyo State. Discussants of the panel are Femi Aiki, the founder of Foodlocker - the foremost Ibadan hybrid e-commerce store; Ibrahim Lukman, the founder of Deep Tech Africa and expert in Virtual Reality, AI and other wider areas of deep technology. Lemmy Adedamola Kiari-Yussuf the CEO of Ecohub - a renowned office/co-working space in the heart of Ibadan will also be on the panel. 

Other features of the main event tagged “Ibadan Arise” 2019 Summit involves Workshops, Summit and Dinner. 

Make it a date on Thursday the 19th of December 2019 at 10am. Venue is the Penton Rise Events Centre, Bodija, Ibadan NIGERIA. 

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2 months ago

Making all the sense out of PageCarton

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When I started to write the codes of PageCarton in 2011, it seemed like the crazy thing to do. But then, crazy was not new to me. People around me knows me to be an ambassador for crazy. I thought we could have a web framework that could be broken down into tiny bits. So I thought about breaking down web content into smaller “widgets” which will have their own independent URL, classes and links. Then, I envisioned we could programmatically call each wid...

When I started to write the codes of PageCarton in 2011, it seemed like the crazy thing to do. But then, crazy was not new to me. People around me knows me to be an ambassador for crazy.

I thought we could have a web framework that could be broken down into tiny bits. So I thought about breaking down web content into smaller “widgets” which will have their own independent URL, classes and links. Then, I envisioned we could programmatically call each widgets independently on the page. So web pages will be a collection of “tiny” widgets. 

The idea made sense to me, but I really didn’t know whether it would be sensible in implementation. Nevertheless, the idea of a whole new structure for web took over me for almost a decade and here we are today, still on that journey!

Just now, while writing the PageCarton plug-in for “Single Page Application”, I am  super glad I dreamt that of it time and decided to work on it. 

I was just reading through the scholarly best practices for implementation of SPA and I was like, “PageCarton was born ready for this”. I can’t believe that with just a single file plugin, PageCarton will implements all the best-practice tips for a Single Page Application. That’s how you know you have a great framework!

Awesomeness, right? That I dreamt of today’s best practice 10 freaking years ago. This happens to me so often, I guess that’s why I am always encouraged to do what I feel is right every time I get the chance.

The SPA plugin will be out next week; who is excited?

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2 months ago

My father, my father!

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My dear father, I love you.  I thank God everyday for you. You have been a great inspiration and a symbol of courage and love. To me, to my brothers & sisters and to everyone who has known you, in love. Whoever thinks otherwise doesn’t really know you.  It’s been a challenge being a son of a great man. Having the responsibility to live up to the standards you set and yet break the barriers which limited your existence. My heart longs to uphold all the god...

My dear father,

I love you. 

I thank God everyday for you. You have been a great inspiration and a symbol of courage and love. To me, to my brothers & sisters and to everyone who has known you, in love. Whoever thinks otherwise doesn’t really know you. 

It’s been a challenge being a son of a great man. Having the responsibility to live up to the standards you set and yet break the barriers which limited your existence.

My heart longs to uphold all the godly standards you stood for. I don’t think there is anything any father could have given a child that you didn’t give to us. You have helped us appreciate the values pertaining to God, family and work. You, like any of us humans is without flaws, but God has helped you to rise above them all  

By His grace, we won’t do less; we shall not be less. Our lives in God is better because God has set you ahead of us. Our family will be better because of you. Our work will be better because of you. 

I want to thank you for everything you did and still doing for us, your children. It is a great privilege to be called your son.

Your wife loves you, she fondly calls you “hus-me” (husband mi, right?). Your children loves you; no, we adore you. 

Today is not Fathers Day. Neither is it your birthday. But everyday of my life,

I am proud to be called

“Omo ‘Abenja”

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2 months ago

Java vs. Python – Which programming language is best to start with?

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It is a common discussion nowadays, whenever a programming newbie asks what language he should learn, a debate would soon ensue involving whether they should go for one language or the other. Most of the time, I try to avoid the needless arguments and say anyone willing to start a career in software development should just close eye and pick a language. Because really, it doesn't matter what platform/language you start with, the spirit/art of "programming/coding" is in fact o...

It is a common discussion nowadays, whenever a programming newbie asks what language he should learn, a debate would soon ensue involving whether they should go for one language or the other.

Most of the time, I try to avoid the needless arguments and say anyone willing to start a career in software development should just close eye and pick a language. Because really, it doesn't matter what platform/language you start with, the spirit/art of "programming/coding" is in fact one. Remember, the computer speaks only one language? Everything in programing often boils down to relationship with flows of Logic - Content - Data.

Interestingly, once you master one language, you already have good proficiency in crucial parts of (almost) all. Being a programmer with wide experience with different languages and platforms, I understand the truth that no language is superior to another. In general sense, the art is not in the material/equipment used in making it, the art is in the artist - the expression of the programmer himself/herself.

My first attempt to programming was with PHP programming language in around 2003 for fun/play. Picked it up again in 2011 in my course of professional practice and the knowledge and experience in mastering PHP was helpful when I wrote JavaScript, Shell, Python, C and some few other languages I had to get my hands on for one reason or the other.

Apparently, anyone who will engage in serious programming for a long time will have to get their hands on other programming language apart from the one they learnt originally. Whether for legacy reasons or for the money, it's a good thing to note that, once you master the art of programming, you have the liberty of language to accomplish tasks and your programming life would (seem to) be better because of it.

By the way, I will likely write C# for the first time in my 10yr professional career because I found it's best (or easiest?) for one pet project I am working on right now.  But, I am not leaving PHP despite the fuzz everywhere about its fate. In fact, I am already thinking of powering a part of my self-driving car technology in PHP in the nearest future.

Most people who would pitch one programming language against another simply still have some learning to do, or perhaps some growing ups to. I have been there, I have done it, but exposure changes everything. Sadly, no one can teach exposure!

As mentors and thought leaders, we should learn not to play God and impose our ideas of what the future holds. A lot of factors could determine the fate of any of the languages but this, I would leave as discussion for another day.  Whenever I am faced with an opportunity to mentor a newbie, I ask them what interests them. Vast programmers would know that software development is wide; the more you know about a part, the more you realize you don’t know about other parts. I cannot imagine someone who wishes to program games starting with PHP.  So I would ask a newbie, “What interests you?” “What do you intend to do with the knowledge of programming?” The answer gathered would determine where to guide in the many learning paths leading to proficiency in Robotics, AI, Web, Games, VR, etc. I have learnt that if someone would offer a good counsel, they must in fact learn to be a good listener and not just a mere soothsayer. Everyone deserves to have a say in his or her own life, right? Let’s give them that opportunity to lead it right.

On a lighter note, I won’t be surprised if the next big thing – a technology to save the world would simply be a printout from Microsoft office. Indeed, the people of the world have no direct say as to how their world changes and so, let us equip our next generation of developers with the only knowledge they need to get started with – “Problem solving skills”.

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3 months ago

Sales like a soldier man

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I want to get a better chance into tomorrow, so I hold my ware like a soldier would wield a riffle - ready for war. As entrepreneurs, are we not the millennial warriors? The marketplace is the warfront. Whatever we do - whether playing dirty, playing easy or playing safe, we strive daily not to get eaten. People get eaten in our world where no one owes us a handout; for every single day we don’t sell, we so fade; we keep fading until we become like a used toilet paper, flushed and gon...

I want to get a better chance into tomorrow, so I hold my ware like a soldier would wield a riffle - ready for war. As entrepreneurs, are we not the millennial warriors? The marketplace is the warfront. Whatever we do - whether playing dirty, playing easy or playing safe, we strive daily not to get eaten. People get eaten in our world where no one owes us a handout; for every single day we don’t sell, we so fade; we keep fading until we become like a used toilet paper, flushed and gone. Every prospect lost goes with a part of our blood already drained out.

Adjudged to be one of the biggest jobs on the planet - there is truly no one, there is nothing that can define us singlehandedly. We live to determine a lot about how the world advances and how the life of its people get better. On our success, the world celebrates. Suddenly, humanity marvels at how they’ve managed to live before then – the new awesome baby in our hands has rendered the past life unthinkable. Our failure on the other hand can be devastating; suddenly, we become a subject of shame, depression and the most horrible of it being that the lives we hoped to change for the better will for a while longer impoverish in the cursed old order.

We being artists have painted in our bright minds a future we hope to see. We would not just sit back to see it happen, we wake up every day to the canvas, trying to draw on it to match what is as real already in imagination. Set backs are common in our everyday dealings, they bring so much pain and disbelief; in fact, they earn us all sorts of mockery and also introduces some flashes of regrets. But we rise up with that dashing strength from deep within to wash the canvas back to blank, only to get on the road again with the hope afresh and alive.

Miracles do have a different meaning in our dictionary. No, we are actually the living miracle people talk about. Countless times, we take that leap of faith to advance the hustle - only to meet a new kind of luck we never knew existed. We do the things most people would never dare - to go down the road where failure seemed imminent, but still fail to accept it as ours even when it’s staring in the face.

When we talk about our babies - the little things we create, some see it as just another way to rip them of their precious jewels. How do we tell them, that what we have in our hands is only a tool; a weapon which is not fashioned to hurt but to maintain order in the new world that is emerging for everyone. A weapon in our hand being firstly our own version of a better future for all, also an evidence of our constant progress and then, a signature of our status today to match with our future improvements.

Why do we need a weapon though? Weapons are wielded where force is required, where no excuse is tolerated for failure. We bear arms, so we can sell. We must sell today, so we can come back to sell tomorrow. If we don’t sell, remember how we fade?  Hunger, discouragement, fatigue and hopelessness help us fade constantly; Every single sale on the other hand, brings some smile on the face; brightening us up a little more and help us get through the next few days. This is why sales must come; yes, it must come by all means necessary. So, we sell because our lives depend on it. We sell because it’s our duty to humanity, to create a beauty out of nature and put a value on it.

I found out though, that every sale acquired is worth all the rejections preceding it plus all the efforts put together to make it a reality. We understand it’s our business to take down all obstacles, like a soldier would struggle to cross enemy lines just to make a win. We cross numerous hurdles to get through to all that seems like a prospect. We swim in the deep dark waters but towards the faint light we see, with so much hope or hopelessness. Sometimes we have faith, sometimes fear grips; but still we ride. Sometimes we are happy for no reason, sometimes it’s hard to do joy; but still we grind. We are made for rough times, but we are actually made to bring great times.

So, the next time I come to you with any of my wares, be aware of this: that I have two choices in front of me: to sell or to fade. No matter what I say to you or what you had in mind before I arrive at your gaze, know this also: that I am putting no other choice in front of you, but for you to be the one to help us win. Should I apologize in advance for whatever I would do to make your only choice easy for you? Nah! No apologies, because we now know it is in everyone’s interest that I do not fade. Truly, nothing defines us than that we do sell like a soldier man.

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4 months ago
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