Coal City, Code and Beyond: A Recap of Forloop Enugu Event

Forloop enugu
Forloop Enugu. Photo by Frankyshotit

Last weekend, 6th of April, the 4kreport team was at Genesys Tech Hub, Enugu where the largest community of software developers and tech enthusiasts in Africa – Forloop – expanded to yet another city in Nigeria; Enugu.

Say you missed the “Coal City, Code and Beyond” event (you shouldn’t have), here’s a recap of what went down accompanied with pictures to fill your eyes with.

About +120 individuals were in attendance; 75 per cent male and 25 per cent female. All photographs were taken by FrankyShotit

The Keynote

Christian 'codebeast Nwamba at forloop enugu
Christian ‘codebeast’ Nwamba

The first talk of the day was from Christian ‘Codebeast’ Nwamba. You could colour codebeast as struggling with a topic to hammer on within the first ten minutes after arrival but he ended up speaking about his career journey from the struggles of failing to build a tech community in Enugu and moving to Lagos for better opportunities to becoming Microsoft’s first senior Cloud Developer Advocate in Africa and this article.

“The era of “if you want to blow, go to Lagos” is gone” – Codebeast.

Forloop maiden events are usually not technical, they’re more like inspirational talks to get you started on your joinery as a software developer and an introduction to the community. Codebeast did dare everyone to dream big ” While in school, I’ve always wanted to help Microsoft make MS Word better, I started working at Microsoft in the 3rd week of March 2019. Dreams do come true.”

Getting started as a Technical Writer

Biodun Chris at forloop enugu
Biodun Chris

This talk was by Biodun Chris, an ambassador and technical writer at Auth0 and organiser at Forloop Ibadan who came all the way from Ibadan. Writing about how a software was made or documenting how you fixed a bug are a few ways of increasing your visibility and chances of being employed as a software developer.

“You don’t have to be an English expert. You don’t have to be a writer. It’s more of the ‘tech’ than the writing” – Biodun Chris.

Biodun pondered on tips and tricks of technical writing and shared with the audience different tools to get started. ”,, freecodecamp, and WordPress are a few tools to help you get started as a technical writer,” he says ” For paid writing gigs, pusher, cloudinary, digital ocean, and toptal are a go-to place to earn”

How to be productive as a software developer

Ursula Okolie at Forloop Enugu
Ursula Okolie

First-time speaker, student and software developer, Ursula Okolie was next. She spoke about the one biggest challenge faced by probably every software developer; Overcoming distractions and staying productive as a software developer.

“Set an exact time to get out of bed.” she said, “Turn off social media notifications during work hours.”

As Ursula pointed out, one ingredient about being productive is having a To-Do list. “Write down 3-5 tasks to conquer each day. Keep it short,” she said.

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A refreshment break was observed. (No, it’s not okpa). Prosper ‘Unicodeveloper’ Otemuyiwa, a master of ceremonies and evangelist held it down with a few jokes and finally, Peter Ekene introduced Kahoot, a game-based QnA platform for the audience to answer questions and win swags.

Building solutions and not just products

Emmanuel Abba at Forloop Enugu
Emmanuel Abba

Knowing how to code sometimes feels like magic and you can create anything with it. lots of developers are caught in the trap of always building an app for everything. “An app does solve the issue of you being bounced out of a club.” – Prosper Otemuyiwa.

Emmanuel Abba spoke about understanding a problem and performing market research before creating an app or website for it.

Before you build a product, here what to consider according to Emmanuel Abba;

1. Is it human-centered?

2. Does it understands and tackles unmet needs?

3. is it creative and innovative?

Breaking into the tech ecosystem

Amarachi Ameachi at Forloop Enugu
Amarachi Amaechi

Also a first-time speaker, software developer and student, Amarachi Amaechi had a few advice about finding your way into tech especially from an unrelated background.

Amarachi Amaechi’s presentation at Forloop Enugu

The Fireside chat

Fireside chat at forloop Enugu
L-R: A fireside chat with Devfunsho, Prosper Otemuyiwa, Jay Kay, William Imoh and Christian Nwamba. Moderated by Peter Ekene

To close out the event, Peter Ekene moderated a fireside chat with Jay Kay, Codebeast, Devfunsho, Unicodeveloper and Ichuloo. Below are a few take away from this session.

“The more you fail, the more rejections you suffer, the more strength you receive to go further.” – Prosper Otemuyiwa

“Your networks and relationships will take you to where your coding skills can not” – Prosper Otemuyiwa

“If you don’t have a value proposition to offer to someone, you’ll remain broke” – William’Ichuloo’ Imoh

“World-class developer qualities: Empathy, Team player, Solution-oriented” – Devfunsho


Speakers and organixers at forloop enugu
Speakers and Organizers of Forloop Enugu

This event was proudly made possible by Genesys Tech Hub, the Forloop Enugu team, the Forloop Africa team, the amazing speakers, the volunteers who helped out on the day and Frankyshotit who captured the event. ( see all pictures from the event)

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