Life As An African (Nigerian) Remote Software Engineer 1 Life As An African (Nigerian) Remote Software Engineer

Life As An African (Nigerian) Remote Software Engineer

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I have been developing software for more than 7 years, but 5 years ago I became an engineer. I went from hating writing software because I felt the road was not straightforward, to, finding my path after my MSc, to then, falling in love with the whole thing, and seeing endless possibilities to the application of software.

I never really found a good job to make me love software the more. It was either I continue my pursuit to becoming an engineer that will build software that will be used all across Africa and eventually the World, or I just get a job as a Banker and make money to support my extended family.

Long story short, I became a Remote Software Engineer last year in January, and my life went from mediocre to wonderful.

I had always heard of the mythical Remote Software Engineer who does what they love and made some good money on the side. I tried for years to be that person, but I failed countless times. I am very grateful to God that I am who I am today. From the hardships to the trials, to the eventually victory.

I’ll be answering some questions, regarding what it’s like being a Remote Engineer Living in Nigeria.

Where do I work from?

I work from Lagos Nigeria. It is a very busy place, noisy even, but I like it nonetheless. I found a quiet spot where I can call home, and I love it.

Who do I work for?

I work for a European company, of whom I can not share their information here, but the Company is a wonderful Event Management software company with an Awesome CEO, and a wonderful Tech team.

What is your role?

I am a Senior Full-stack Engineer (VueJS NestJS). Our tech has had many evolution. I was moving between frontend and backend, but now I am now focussing on the Backend.

What new technology are you using?

I found a new love in TypeScript, because it brings order to Javascript (Thanks Microsoft).

What are the Essentials?

  1. Computer: You need a computer, without one I’ll say “What are you doing :D”. Seriously! Most people use a Laptop (prefarably a MacBook), but I use a desktop because I want no-compromise-compute power. I work from my home and I have an Hybrid power system. Nigeria is notorious for having poor power supply and infrastructure, so I have worked around that issue by installing solar panels and batteries to reduce my Nigerian power frustrations.
  2. Food: The time I take to leave work and go prepare food has been a huge issue for me. I don’t enjoy cooking, but it is something I have to do some of the time. As a Remote engineer, it is important that my breakfast can be prepared in time (20mins max). I eat twice a day so I mostly take bread + tea + some protein meal (Beans, Eggs, Sausages or Sardines), with this, my breakfast/lunch problem is solved.
  3. Internet: It is not cheap in Nigeria/Lagos. My Home Fiber internet is still capped at 200+GB 25Mbps for about $80-85/month. To go any higher will be to sell kidneys. Nonetheless, I make sure to have my mobile broadband internet up too, incase my Home internet fails. I don’t want to give my colleagues a bad experience with my bad internet.
  4. House: I rented my appartment also mid last year, and I will advise anybody seeking to work remotely to not share an apartment with anybody, so that you can have that peace and quiet. If you can’t afford your own place, I understand. I work from my Sister’s house for 5 months before finally moving out. Just save up and move out when you have the money. You’ll thank me later.

Do you like working with your coworkers?

I love working with my teammates. They drive me crazy, but in turn, I end up learning a lot from them. We always try our best to as blunt as possible, and ask as many questions as possible, to leave no room for misunderstandings.

How do you get motivated to work every day?

  • I pray every morning, night, and when I am down.
  • I exercise every morning before work (100 pushups, 80 squarts), and I Bike for 10Km after work (3 times in 5 working days)
  • There is always Youtube in front of me, for learning and entertainment. I listen to Youtube instead of Music (It works for me).
  • The fact that I appreciate the opportunity I have. I am privileged to work from home, I don’t have to comute in Lagos, and I can support my love ones too. I am blessed.

Don’t You get bored?

I do, but it’s OK

How much do you earn?

Top secret :D.

 

Thanks for reading through my experience. Be sure to support me over on Youtube: Amanze Ogbonna (Like, share and subscribe).

 

Originally published on Medium by Amanze.

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Amanze Ogbonna
Amanze is a Fullstack Remote Software Engineer who lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

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