#ISWESTCHRONICLES WEEK 3
Raymond Obu – Project iSWEST 2017
Raymond is a first year college student pursing Computer Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology. Aside his duties as a student, he is currently embarking on an inspirational and capacity building outreach that aims at reaching out to numerous individuals and aiding them, in unearthing their potentials and optimizing opportunities that comes their way in life.
1. Tell Us a bit about yourself and what you are currently involved in.
- Basically, I’m a God fearing individual, an inspirational writer, a college student and an aspiring entrepreneur who believes in capacity building and self-development as a means of equipping oneself for the future. Like I said earlier on, I’m a first year college student pursuing Computer Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology. Aside my duties as a student, I’m currently embarking on an inspirational and capacity building outreach that aims at reaching out to numerous individuals and aiding them, in unearthing their potentials and optimizing opportunities that comes their way in life. Capacity building is my core mandate because I believe life is worth what you offer and that can only be achieved if one builds his or herself.
2. What motivated you to apply for Project iSWEST?
- Hearing the word iSWEST sounded weird because I personally didn’t know what it entailed. Thanks to the Internet, I made a quick inquiry of what Project iSWEST was all about and lo and behold, I stumbled on Nsesa Foundations’ website just to see the awesome works they had being doing through iSWEST for some time now. The truth be told, after checking out the reviews from some past alumni from their websites, I was moved at how a 3 weeks boot camp had transformed these individuals so in short, it was the impartation Project iSWEST had made in the lives of these alumni and the content of what iSWEST 2017 had to offer.
3. Share some the experiences you had at Project iSWEST.
My experience at iSWEST in terms of the skills acquired were; effective collaboration with fellow participants which fostered team working skills that are now part and parcel of me. Aside teamwork, iSWEST actually gave me an exposure to an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset that, rekindled the desire to live an innovative life, where I believe the toughest problems are solvable just by thinking from a different and innovative perspective. I just can’t forget how it felt like brainstorming for the first time using sticky notes. My first time of seeing and programming a micro-controller was all at iSWEST, in fact seeing myself programme a buzzer, LED’s and a number of sensors, was just fascinating. Not leaving out the enabling environment it created for us as young ones to learn and practicalize every bit of knowledge we did acquire during that period.
4. How has attending Project iSWEST impacted you?
- iSWEST laid one of the most vital foundations in my field of study and path of endeavour. That’s to say with the knowledge acquired from our entrepreneurial and innovation lessons, I can boast of being an innovative persons who sees and analyses problems from different dimensions before drawing conclusions as solutions. Like I said before, I had no prior knowledge of micro-controllers before getting into iSWEST but after 2 intensive weeks of lessons, I’m proud to say I walked out of iSWEST as a knowledgeable person pertaining to micro-controllers. The genesis of my endeavour into programming all started right from iSWEST, when we started building our pong game. To me it wasn’t just about building a pong game instead it was about building the fundamental skills to be a great programmer and I can say those skills have gone a long way in helping along my path of endeavour.
5. What are your best memories from Project iSWEST?
- I guess I should be given an entire feature, to talk about my memorable experiences at iSWEST. To me, every moment at iSWEST was memorable right from our first lesson through our demo pitches to the pitch day itself. But just to touch on some key ones like our arduino, innovation, entrepreneurial and processing lessons which were all fun filled and educative as well. Not leaving out the social aspect of iSWEST, to me iSWEST wasn’t just a boot camp. To that faithful Friday at Legon, taking our last set of pictures while it drizzled was just an unforgettable memory. Then to the pitch day itself, just some minutes to my team’s turn to pitch and there I was picturing myself upstage and asking myself is it possible? The answer to that was yes, I had no idea how close I was to making my first pitch before I got into iSWEST but thanks to Nsesa foundation, my team and I made our first ever business pitch. It was an incredible experience speaking right from stage and trying to sell out our idea, it wasn’t easy but we still pulled through and that marked the beginning to aspire to greater heights in life. To be frank, after the pitch it did hurt realizing that all to soon the journey of thousand miles I had come to an end.
6. What advice would you give to anyone who wants to consider applying for Project iSWEST?
- To those out there, I just want to emphasize on this popular adage, “Opportunity comes but once”. The time has come for you to acquire developmental skills that will aid you in capacity building and I’m happy to say, most of it is packed in Nsesa foundation’s flagship PROJECT iSWEST. This is the time to make your dream a reality with the help of the skills you will acquire from iSWEST. You just can’t miss out on this so just grab the opportunity and utilize it.
Raymond is a first year college student pursing Computer Engineering at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology. Aside his duties as a student, I’m currently embarking on an inspirational and capacity building outreach that aims at reaching out to numerous individuals and aiding them, in unearthing their potentials and optimizing opportunities that comes their way in life.
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