The outstanding Emmanuel Gregory Essiet emerged National Information Technology Competition Winner (Tertiary Institutions) for the second year in a row having also won the contest in 2012.
By winning the contest during the 2013 finals held during the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) Conference in Iloko-Ijesa, Osun state, he becomes the first ever person to win the competition twice. Inspring isn;t it? But who is Emmanuel Gregory Essiet and how does he do it? nigeriacomputers.com recently had an inspiring and revealing chat with Emmanuel.
Congratulations on Winning the National IT Competition for the second time in a row. Please let’s know more about you.
I’m Emmanuel Gregory Essiet, a student of University of Uyo, at the 200 Level. My Parent, Mr and Mrs Gregory Essiet, are civil servants. I’m the only boy and the last born in a family of three. My best subject is computer studies and my major interest is in database development and web development
What aroused your interest in Computers? How did it all start?
Actually my initial interest developed in my very first year in secondary school – in JSS1. I was intrigued by the fact that Nigeria was lacking behind globally in information technology. It concerned me gave me a strong desire to become a global and outstanding IT personnel.
Where your areas of interest in Information Technology? And why?
No question about it – my core focus areas are: Database management and web development. There is no organization that does not have data as well as the need to keep such data organized and secure. The web is also a trend for the future. With the growth in information technology, keeping data in file and hard copy will soon be in extinction and the use of database administrator will be needed.
How did you prepare for the competition?
I read and practiced very well using the syllabus that was given by NCS. I used the internet to research on extra material. I also prayed to God because wisdom comes from God.
What were the toughest parts of your preparation for the competition?
I had financial constraints because the books I invested in were bought with my pocket money and I had to buy an Airtel bundle to surf the internet. This meant I had to sometimes forgo my meals and other things of relevance that I would normally have spent on.
What did you like most about the competition?
I love the competition because it is an avenue for youth to develop themselves and discover their talent.
What is the role of the Youth in Information Technology development?
The role of the Youth is the most important role in IT. This is because IT needs a lot of innovation and creativity, time and consistency. All these are found in young people. The adult will have to take of children and other issues to handle as part of their life responsibilities.
What advice do you have for other students preparing for Information technology competitions?
Pray hard, read and practice hard.
What do you do for relaxation when not around computers?
When I’m not around the computer, I think and write about creative ideas that can change my life. I also enjoy watching football and singing.
How did you feel when you first won the competition and now for the second time in a row? How does it feel to be recognized as the National IT Competition Winner of Nigeria? What are the responsibilities involved?
I feel great but I still keep my feet on the ground. I don’t feel accomplished because I know I still have a long way to go in my profession. The responsibility I feel are mainly in reading and preparing harder to do better next year.
What are your future plans and ambition?
My plan is to have an institution where I can impact knowledge to other youths at less cost and improve the level of IT literacy in the country. I also want to be a solution to Nigeria’s data management problems.
Congratulations once again, Emmanuel Gregory Essiet for being an inspiration to so many young people. We at Jidaw and nigeriacomputers.com urge you to keep developing yourself and pressing forward. Winning the National IT Competition is great, but it is still just the beginning. Your best is yet to come. You are our hope for the future. May God keep you as you continue to grow and fulfill your promise.