It is obvious and clear that we have come to the end of the year 2019. It’s not only the end of a year but a decade. It’s the end of either a bad or good one.
I don’t know how the past years including this one has been for you. As for me, the past years were really hard. However, 2019 has been a good one, to be honest.
Let me take you through the year. I will try to summarise most of the timelines as much as I can.
Within this period, I published one open-source package called Paystack Mirror. Paystack Mirror is a clean, simple and fluent PHP library for paystack payment gateway. Rebuilt the iSchool project we created at ValueBeam and built a couple of websites for clients. Money was difficult to keep within this time but I kept pushing. Learned new technologies like Node.js, AdonisJS, and Electron.js.
Meeting Great People
This was the quarter I definitely won’t forget to talk about. It’s during this time, I got to meet someone. Let me give you a snapshot of what happened.
Remember in the first quarter of the year, I spoke about a package I created. Ok, a friend somehow got to see the Facebook post I made about it and decided to mention a big player in the Nigeria tech scene and that was how we started some important conversations with him. To cut a long story short, he referred me to a company in Lagos.
Alright. This is another interesting time of the year. Having been referred by that person in the second quarter to a company in Lagos, I automatically got the job. I was excited but there was no money to go start a new life in Lagos. But, since God was involved, everything worked out well. I moved to Lagos. The beginning of a new life. Yeah. I got to Lagos and met a lot of interesting people whom I won’t forget. They were and are so nice to me. Thanks to all of them. I got my apartment in Lagos and settled down. I got fully integrated into Lagos life 😀. Attended some tech conferences and meetups available within my reach during this period and this too, ended well.
In the final quarter, I dogged deeper into Node.js, Electron.js and started a one-year professional course in Blockchain. Also, within this period, I was selected to lead the payment team at Patricia (the company I joined in Lagos). Later this quarter, I created another open-source package called Curler. Curler is an elegant PHP HTTP client for sending HTTP requests.
During this quarter, I also rebranded Cloudinos (my hosting company) which I started 2018. And added about 5 new products to the company and moved my clients to better and faster servers.
In summary, at the end of this quarter, I received double awards as the most valuable person at Patricia and ValueBeam.
Push further and break more limits.
I want to appreciate everyone especially those who played vital roles in my life throughout the year 2019. God reward you all.
To Patricia technologies especially, the CEO (Hanu), CTO (Benjamin), engineering lead (Kennedy), my team and all the engineering department, thank you for everything. We will do the most and break even more limits in 2020.
To ValueBeam, thank you and God bless our efforts and help us break more barriers this new year.
Finally, to everyone reading this article, stay positive, stay focused and work on building a better you in 2020. I hope to see you shine brighter in the next decade(10yrs). Cheers and happy new year.