Edidiong Asikpo - Developer Advocate, Tech in Nigeria #102


Edidiong Asikpo is a software engineer from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. She is a passionate professional with multi-faceted skills and experience spanning across Software Engineering, Developer Relations, community building, technical writing, and Open Source contributions. Edidiong is one of the leaders of the devlopement of tech in Nigeria.

She is a strong advocate of sensitizing people, especially women about the importance of starting a career in Technology. This passion has led her to play a major part in building communities such as Developer Circle Uyo from Facebook, She Code Africa, and Women Will. She is an eloquent writer, speaker, and communicator with a keen interest in making open Source contributions and inspiring the next generation.

In 2019, she was one of the 40 people recognized by Facebook as an Icon of change because of her impacts and strong contributions to building the Technology Ecosystem in Nigeria.

When she’s not coding, you can find her exploring the beauty of nature and analyzing movies.

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If you ask me that’s definitely how I got into tech, not necesarily because I studied computer science but because I went for that industrial training and learned how to develop mobile applications

“You might be a newbie in tech for 2 weeks but there is someone joining who is a newbie in tech for one week. So what you know in two weeks you can help the person joining with one week. So never feel like you don’t know enough or there is no one who is going to listen or you’re not good enough or something. Just start.”

“Being a developer advocate is just an opportunity to do a lot of things at the same time. I get to write, I get to speak, I get to also code and I also get to meet amazing people.”

“Some of the things I do is try to ensure that developers who integrate with our product have a good experience. So it can range from improving on documentation, writing tutorials, and creating demos of some of these different APIs that we have”

—Edidiong Asikpo

Key Milestones

  1. What is the ecosystem of tech in Nigeria?
  2. The role of a developer advocate is still new, Edidiong talks about the day to day as well as the general confusion about the role
  3. Edidiong is also an impressive speaker and writer, how did she get started?
  4. Why is it important to document your experience in tech even if you are just starting out?

Additional Resources

Interview with Edidiong from Townhall - https://townhall.hashnode.com/women-in-tech-edidiong-asikpo-ck7bm3l9h09h1d9s1t2rl2btc

Edidiong Youtube clip about talking to Devs in Africa - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkafwTdzpvE

Google Technical writing course - https://developers.google.com/tech-writing

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