3 May 2017

"PROGRAMMING IS EASY AND FUN TO LEARN "- OLUBODUN AKINYELE, FOUNDER OF AYITI



A popup notification from my LinkedIn profile lands me on a post of a young developer teaching
young kids how to code. You don’t get to see this every day. Kids being trained on how to code from
a young age. This endeavor is one that should be celebrated and deserves more than just a
LinkedIn share.   

Meet Olubodun Akinyele, Founder of Access for Youth to Information Technology Initiatives (AYITI). The brainbox behind this project. Please sit back and enjoy.  

1. Can we get to know you?   

My name is Akinyele Olubodun. I am the founder of Access for Youths to Information Technology
Initiative, a computer programmer who has worked with different multinational Companies as a
programmer and consultant.  

2. What inspired you to start your project?  

I see kids from every part of the world doing exploits in technology and it seems we are just here doing nothing. I want to establish the fact that African kids can compete with their counterparts all
around the world. There are no bad students but bad teachers. I learnt programming very late (I
wrote my first code when I was 18yrs) so I decided to raise underprivileged kids on how to code
from novice to professional. Occupying the kids’ time keeps them away from different vices.  




3. Tell us about your journey and for how long you have been doing this?  
I have been training and mentoring youths all my life but I started with the kids last year and it has all been fun. 

4. You made mention of an incident where a parent was not keen on her child’s interest in 
programming, why do you think parents still have a negative attitude towards their kids
learning how to code?  

Yes, I did. The kids I am training are from the “hood” and many of their parents do not even know
what a computer is used for apart from “Yahoo-yahoo” (scam). They see people in Cyber Cafes and
think they are there for scam. I understand them, they possibly don’t have an idea what the whole
computing is all about. With their level of exposure and academics, computer programming is
something vague to them. They see skills as hairdressing, brick laying, painting, barbing, vulcanizing
and all as superior since they understand them and can easily point to someone doing it.  


5. What has been the reception of parents towards your initiative after that incidence?  

They have been very supportive. All the kids come for the training under rain or sunshine. We have our classes till late at night sometimes. The parents have been so nice.  




6. What difficulties have you faced during the course of this project?  

My major difficulty has been volunteers. I have volunteers that will come once and won’t come
again. We also need a place for the training, I want to take it away from the church so people don’t 
think it is just for Christians (though the church is not complaining). It is for all kids from any
background, political and religious affiliation.  

7. What gives you the most satisfaction with what you do? 

I am always happy when the kids are answering my questions correctly and discussing programming concepts. I engage in their discussions and I am always impressed with their level of reasoning and
judgement. Some use some of the programming concepts I taught them as a joke in the class.  

8. What word of advice would you give youths who have no idea on how to code, or what
being a programmer entails? 

Programming is the easiest and most fun thing to learn. Your passion for creating stuff will make you
become a General in it. Think…Read…Code and Test. Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it. You
can rewrite the future if you believe.  

Thank you for honouring this interview.

If you would like to reach out to Bodun to volunteer, or his support his initiative You can  contact him via his LinkedIn profile or his website.


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