As young Nigerians continue to make the country proud on the international stage, an 8-year-old boy named Tuyva Benibo has achieved an outstanding feat by emerging as the winner of Outstanding Animation at the International Kids Coding Competition (IKCC).
In an interview, Benibo explains his motivation to achieve the feat and also advises young students to learn coding.
Tuyva said: “My name is Tuyva Benibo. I attend Holden Park School. I am 8 years old and I am currently in year 4. I feel good about representing Nigeria, and winning at the International Kids Coding Competition because I’ve never done it before and the feeling is amazing. Winning the outstanding animation entails knowing how to code, how to make animations, and what blocks of codes to use.”
Benibo explained how he got inspired to learn to code as he advised the young ones.
He said: “Every day when I was dropped off earlier in school, I went to Mr Edward’s class and he taught me and the other participants how to code and how to get a good score on the project. I have been learning how to code for one year now. The experience is amazing because I can express my thoughts and imagination and I can also make awesome projects that will be worth watching and playing.
I would like to tell other children that they should keep coding once they’ve got really used to pulling on a sense of blocks and how to make really awesome projects.
Benibo’s teacher, Mr Paul disclosed he was proud to see Benibo represent the country and he also advised young students to be determined.
The teacher said: “My name is Edward Paul. I was so glad when I saw that Tuyva won the coveted title. looking at the list, with the number of countries and participants, and seeing Nigeria in that list, it was a proud moment for me being the teacher who taught Tuyva.
“And from there, you can be inspired to pursue various careers and some of your opportunities can be exposed to them for working with tech companies because you’re looking out for skillful people that can fill out so many places that are actually vacant. So I feel there are lots of opportunities that are exposed to them. So I’m looking forward to them, liaising with other tech companies for opportunities, especially internationally, also looking at using careers from these opportunities, some being inspired to go to other parts.”
Similarly, the Assistant Head of School, Holden Park School which Benibo attends expressed her excitement after the feat saying that the project of the school has yielded positive gains.
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