I know her from visiting the Co-creation Hub and she might not look it, but with over ten years experience in the IT world and a blue belt in Tae Kwon Do, Bukola Akinfaderin is one lady you don’t want to piss off.  It is on that no-nonsense note that we begin this series. World, meet Bukky…

Please give a brief description of yourself

I was born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in the United States from age 12. Got my Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Wesleyan University, Connecticut in 2002 and, subsequently, a Masters in Science in Information Systems from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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I’ve worked in information technology for over 11 years and developed several web solutions, including Content Management Systems, CRM platforms, prototypes for several mobile solutions, Caban (a mobile application for property search in Nigeria), and most notably, Jandus Radio Directory Application.

What are your code proficiencies/languages/superpowers?

PHP, MYSQL, C#, HTML 5, and JAVA.

Why did you learn to code?

I have been interested in technology for a number of years.  I was really drawn to the process of taking an idea from a conceptual phase to actually creating a new product.

What have you done (projects/places you’ve worked)?

I worked in corporate America for ten years; four of those years, I was working in software and hardware support and the other six years, I was in development and programming.

What are you working on right now?

Upgrading Jandus Radio for Blackberry, iPhone and Android platforms. Building Caban for smartphone platforms.

What kind of projects would you like to tackle in future?

I believe there are many opportunities in the mobile space in Nigeria.  Any and all creative ideas that pop into my mind will be thoroughly explored.

Random fact about you

I achieved a high blue belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Bukola Akinfaderin is on Twitter here.

This article is the first in the Girls who code series. Who else did we talk to? Find out in tomorrow’s post.

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