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Nevertheless, Florence Coded Because Nothing Can Stop Her!

theflorz profile image Florence O. Updated on ・4 min read

Journey

The funny thing about me being in tech today was the fact that I actually wanted it for a friend and ended up going into it myself 😂. It was literally a ‘um I don’t have anything doing right now, let me just try this. How hard can it be uh?’ moment.

I applied and got into a state coding program (CodeLagos) at the time in 2018 and my journey into tech started. Funny thing, first day of class, I got there very early and had to wait for my tutor and other classmates to arrive. I sat in a library around there and picked up a book to read to pass time, I became engrossed in the novel and when I checked the time, I was 20mins late for my class so I had to rush down to the class 🤦🏾‍♀️😂

Stay with me guys, still on the first day of my journey. They had an intro session which I missed and the tutor was already taking them on headings in HTML - you can imagine the confusion I was in Lmaoo. I was lost!!! I pleaded with someone beside me to put me through as the class was moving fast because the program was only 6 weeks for a web development course and we had a lot to cover.

Fast forward to week 3, I was getting the hang of it and decided to embed my tweets in an assignment - a basic fast food website (ps: we weren’t asked to embed 🌚, I just wanted to do something that fascinated me) so after a series of googling, it worked and it felt sooo good that I had to share with my tutor that very night, he was pleased and shared it with the rest of the class.

By the end of the program, I had already gained a lot, made new friends and even a life long mentor(my tutor). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I enjoyed writing lines of code and seeing it become something so beautiful. After the program, I got an internship and started learning how to use WordPress to make websites and got on few projects during that.

I then took a year long break from Tech in 2019 to focus on other things while also battling imposter syndrome so I would like to think I started coding fully in 2020. I have gone on to be on multiple projects and even have projects of my own 🤩😊

My most recent achievement was…

So a week ago today, I wrote my first technical article - How To Make Wine Glasses With HTML & CSS and the turnout has been nothing but amazingggg!!!

I almost screamed a day after when I checked my dashboard and saw over 6k views, I had to share the news with my friends and asked them if it was normal to have that much view lool. The crazy thing was the views kept increasing day by day and today it has over 13.3k views in a week 🥳!!!

Biggest one - the Google developer student club(DSC) at Masinde Muliro Univeristy in Kakamega, Kenya replicated the wine glass at a web session. The moderator gave me a shout out me on twitter, it was so surreal that I almost cried!!

I am really grateful for the reactions, engagements and feedbacks from everyone. Big shout out to my Peths Digital family and my best friend for encouraging and supporting me, love you guysss ❤️!

Advocating for myself looks like…

  • Self-affirmations
  • Taking breaks
  • Not selling myself short - I love letting people know what I do
  • Knowing I have a lot to learn and taking it one step at a time

My biggest goal is…

To reach a point in my career where I can positively impact people's lives and use my platform to help women, children and the less privileged. I know how it is to be torn apart by men in the industry, I wouldn't want anyone to go through that and I am making it part of my mission to help women going into tech by providing support and letting them know that yes! They can make it as a woman in Tech.

My advice for allies to support underrepresented folks who code is...

  • Give us the chance to do something great, we are also a working member of the society.
  • Listen to us
  • Lastly, you can't be sexist or openly support sexism by not calling out sexists and call yourself an ally!!
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    As a woman, you're powerful, you're beautiful, you're strong and you're amazing. Keep your head high, pace yourself, keep being yourself, and let the world feel your impact. You rock ❤️!!!



    Illustration from undraw.co

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Ella Ang (she/her/elle)

I love your enthusiasm, Florence! Your energy and personality shines through your words, both in this #shecoded post and your How To Make Wine Glasses With Pure HTML & CSS tutorial.

Thank you for sharing your passion and curiosity with us, and fully owning your place in the tech world!

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Florence O. Author • Edited

I saw your comment minutes ago and didn’t know how to respond to it, I still don’t know what to say lol

This means a lot to me and I really appreciate it. Thank you ❤️

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Sylwia Vargas

I looooove these:

Advocating for myself looks like…

  • Self-affirmations
  • Taking breaks
  • Not selling myself short - I love letting people know what I do
  • Knowing I have a lot to learn and taking it one step at a time

Thank you for sharing!

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Florence O. Author

You’re welcome. Thank youu 🥺

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Salli Figler

Love hearing the confidence from a woman who is taking the baton. Keep running, we are winning!

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Florence O. Author

Yes!! Right behind ya 😁

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John Harding

Congratulations - I've been a professional dev for close to 30 years now. It really makes me happy to hear fresh new voices excited about joining in. Especially diverse voices.

This post and your "wine glass" article are great. I'm still learning - and that's what keeps it fresh.

I wish you nothing but the best - and hope you have twice the fun that I've had in my career.

You rock!

All the best,
John H. (he/him)

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Florence O. Author

Thank you John!! 30 years is an amazing feat, I hope to get there someday.

You rock too 😁

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Oluwaseyi

❤️

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Florence O. Author

My boss!! 🤩

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Phong Duong

I love your story. Great post

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Florence O. Author

Thank you 😁

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Jane Tracy 👩🏽‍💻

Amazing. Keep going sis. 💜

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Florence O. Author

Thank you sis! Your articles inspire me ❤️

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TAILOR

Excellent

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Florence O. Author

My superstar stylist 🤩

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Olúwayémisí

Niceeeee

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Florence O. Author

Yemsss!! Thanks maami 🥺❤️

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Kristy Whalen

Where's the code?

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John

If you think women need help to get into tech it means you view them inferior to men.
I'm wondering who doesn't let women get into tech...There are men telling them they can't build websites?

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Florence O. Author • Edited

It means providing community support like I have been getting from the SheCodeAfrica community, it means letting them know they can very much make it as a lady in Tech. We have seen a lot of ladies breaking records since forever so me saying I’ll help women getting into tech doesn’t translate to me saying they’re ‘lesser’ than men!

I followed that statement with - ‘I have been in a situation where I was torn apart by men in the industry’ right ? because I have been in a situation where I needed exposure for a project and this man told me ‘I thought you didn’t want to be my friend so why are you asking me for help’, in another case, a man told me I would never know a certain framework because it’s too ‘hard’ and I cried all the way home from the interview!

Not to make this a ‘victim’ story - I would never think a woman is ‘lesser’ than men, never! I know a lot of women doing amazing in their respective fields! I should have probably worded that better but to answer you, yes - there are men like that!

Ps: I mean, one will still provide help to people regardless of gender, it still doesn’t take away my top priority - helping women getting into tech. Oh and Tech isn’t only about making websites. Thank you 😊

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