Adepoju Abiodun emerged earlier this year as the STAR Google Student Ambassador of the class of 2012 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Adepoju also known as “Biggy”, achieved this feat within his one year tenure as the first Google Student Ambassador for the University of Ibadan while studying for a B.SC in computer science. nigeriacomputers.com recently had an inspiring and revealing chat with “Biggy”.
Congratulations on being the Star Ambassador. Please let’s know more about you.
I’m Adepoju Emmanuel Abiodun born on December 25th into a family of Three(3) I’m the in the middle and I attended , Holy Infant Catholic N/P school for my primary school, Oritamefa Baptist Model school for my secondary school and I’m currently in the University Of Ibadan pursing B.SC in computer science.
When did you first become interested in Computers? What spurred your interest in Information Technology?
I became interested in computers since I was very young, it was discovered that I easily got along with new technology and I am able to work around them easily even to the extent that I sit people down to use their newly acquired technology especially when GSM was introduced to the country I was the star for GSM in my area everybody wants me to teach them on how to use it. All these events triggered my passion for computers and anything software and that informed my pursuing computer science as a career.
Which areas of Information Technology interest you the most? And why?
The area that interests me the most is the outreach part of Information technology, the part that goes out to tell people on the importance of using these technologies, how it is going to change our lives and how it is going to improve our country and change us to what we always want to be. I choose this path because this is my passion. I discovered a lot of products are released everyday that can change our lives but nobody is talking about them. Many people under-utilize technology. I want to take technology down to the people at the grassroots and that is why I love being a TECH-EVANGELIST.
How did you get involved in the Google environment and become the pioneer Google Ambassador to your University.
I became involved when a friend introduced the application process to me and I was so happy to apply for it even though my University was not meant to be part of the program. But I was told”My Application was too good to be ignored”. That was how I became the pioneer Google Ambassador for the University Of Ibadan.
What does being the Google Mapping Advocate for Nigeria entail?
Google Map Advocate provides leadership for Google map makers in the country and it is also an outreach platform where you get to introduce people to Google maps and map making.
What are the most challenging aspects of about being a Google Ambassador and your Google experience?
The most challenging part for me being an ambassador is that I was the pioneer ambassador in my university. Overcoming traditions in my university was a real challenge and hard work. However, I am truly happy is that all the sacrifices paid off and the results are visible for everyone to see. Incoming Ambassadors will have a soft-landing because a solid foundation has been built for them.
My Google Experience was beautiful and rough but I won’t have made any Impact if not for the support of my Head of Department, PROFESSOR ADENIKE OSOFISAN and my lecturer, DR OLUMIDE LONGE who are always there to listen, guide and help me each time I call on them.
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A bundle of hope. His passion is infectious. Read the rest of the interview on: Google Star Ambassador Interview with Adepoju Abiodun 2