I didn’t want to write this. Maybe I didn’t want to share because it feels like an attempt to impress people with the year’s accomplishments, to which:

Nonetheless, it’s important to take stock and have a reference point for the future. It’s also important to share these things because one person might get inspired by the little you do, and do even greater.

My life changed a lot this year and overall I’m grateful for all the progress made.

Work

I…


This is a sentence from the Hamming book (with an Onikute spin), which struck me immediately I read it. Whenever I finally accomplish something i’ve been working towards for months/years, there’s often an accompanying empty feeling like:

I thought this would feel much better than it does rn. I’m supposed to be over the moon.

I haven’t really been able to ever place my finger on why this happens. This statement sounds like a good place to start to figure it out.

1. Chasing Osas

I started uni with the same academic attitude I had in secondary school — which was to be…


They just fade out.

*insert story of a company that “died”*

In May/June 2017, there were discussions about how Nigerian startups die. The premise was they don’t, they just fade away slowly until someone wakes up and asks what happened to them, and then the everyone finds out.

Since then, I’ve realised that it’s not just in our companies, it’s in most of the things we do.

When my friends and I talk about a project, we mostly never execute because we brainstorm once, and slowly start to talk about it less till we all forget/decide to pretend to have forgotten.

I think one…


Some years are big.

This was quite a year.

My family has a big year almost every 5 years. What makes a year big for us is when multiple members transition into a new phase.

Our last big year was 2013 — My brother graduated from uni, I graduated from secondary school, plus a couple of milestone birthdays.

This year, the next phase in our evolution as a family took place. Weddings, more graduations, even more landmark birthdays, old age etc.

Amidst all the milestones and celebrations, a lot of changes and growth(?) took place in my life. …


Source: Google Photos

If you grew up in a neighbourhood like mine, you probably had street kids. The kids who come to your house to play ball. The kids who always had banger during Christmas.

They were somehow always around. I don’t recall ever bringing out my ball to play and no one coming to keep or play one-touch with me.

It’s so cool how easy it was to make friends back then. All you needed was a ball. Didn’t even have to be a real one.

Paper, bottle, shoes, stones.

Hours spent under the Lagos sun, not caring that it was turning…


All the icons that currently exist. Credit: Yours truly.

I’m not going to assume you know who I am in this one lol. My name is Opeyemi Onikute, currently a 500L student of Computer Engineering in Covenant University, and a lover of puff puff.

This article is an attempt to explain how and why the food-icons project came to be, and how you can possibly contribute. It’s also a brief attempt to show you how you can create your own custom icon set to use in your HTML.

Beginnings

Sometime last semester, Reme and I were talking, and she mentioned she’d like to have basic food icons (e.g. Puff puff…


I’ve been thinking about next chapters a lot recently. Maybe it’s because I’m about to graduate, and go home. Or maybe it’s because exams start tomorrow and I can’t wait to go home. A lot of it has to do with going home honestly.

We are almost always looking short-term as students. Always looking forward to the next thing, mostly because we believe we would be happier when it happens, comes or passes.

The next test.

The next exam.

The next graduation.

Problem with this is that we rarely ever see the bigger picture, and how we don’t make the…


Source: Reuters

Abinibi means ‘innate’ in Yoruba — usually used to depict how Yoruba people are naturally gifted. Innate means in-born or natural, which I’m going to use to depict our natural ability as Africans to innovate.

I was walking to my school cafeteria one evening, and there were two little boys walking ahead of me, frantically it would seem. I was in a bad mood that evening, because I was being overwhelmed with having to plan my life and responsibilities.

I thought I had problems.

I soon forgot about them and bought my food. As I was walking back, I saw…


Well almost. We almost killed it.

The boys.

When I joined Enactus in March, I was fascinated by the opportunity to change lives by teaching people to make money using what they have around them. I hoped to do this using software, but it wasn’t to be (story for another day).

One of the songs immediately sang to us was, we had only four months (Three at the time) to:

All this would’ve been normal, except all the 40 teams we were coming…


It has been said that Africa needs an Industrial Revolution and it’s true. We used to be able to create, but we somehow went on vacation when the Industrial Revolution took place and returned to meet the Information age. And this has come at a cost — we risk being stuck in the consumer bubble forever. To inspire an industrial revolution, we need to come together to create.

That’s what the CodeforHebron hackathon is all about.

This hackathon aims to inspire an Industrial Revolution at the roots — the future of our technology industry. Starting with the Covenant University community…

Onikute

thoughts and notions.

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