A lot happened in the world in the month and year that I was born:
- Eric Thomas develops LISTSERV, the first email list management software.
- The Rogers Commission releases its report on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster….
On the Local front:
- IBB issued Decree Number 19, dissolving the National Security Organization (NSO) and restructuring Nigeria’s security services into three separate entities under the Office of the Co-ordinator of National Security….
I got to know LISTSERV while in the university, and the challenger disaster while I was like ten. I din’t know of how the SSS came to be until I was putting this post up; but fast-forward more than 2-dozen years later, and Nigeria has achieved more in the “talk” department than in the “do” faculty.
My name is Adedayo Ayeni, you can just call me Dayo.
I really don’t know why, but I sure did have my fair share of schools-going.
I learnt to speak at home, learnt to listen at Carol School. I learnt to write at Rolam Schools. I learnt Algebra at Starfield School. I learnt the arts at African Church Model College. I learnt sciences at Providence Height’s School,. I learnt rap while waiting for admission. I learnt to identify problems at LASU, Epe. I then went on to learn to solve problems during the voluntary 1-year Youth Service…and here I am, partially educated and constantly learning.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge. Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)
After having tried my mind and hands on all sorts; from music to sculptures to painting to building PCBs to wiring houses, to trading, to farming, to video editing, to programming to writing…I really don’t know what I’m incapable of doing!
I however finally found love in computers – information (internet) really, and the systems that help move information and make it available.
So my interests have been narrowed down to Software Engineering (I’m a lazy programmer, love simplicity and everything that Python stands for 😀 ), Convergence Technologies (Data, Voice, Video, People) and Cloud Computing.
It is my belief that these technologies have the greatest chance to improve and propel Africa; creating knowledge-driven economies and societies, and dissipating the strangle-hold of poverty – that’s of course after we are able to provide water, shelter, food, safety & hope for those less privileged.
To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it. Olin Miller
Held up by God, supported by family and friends…remember the world is a stage, and most are just actors – some of us, however have chosen to write life’s script.