An Exclusive Interview With A Nigerian Upcoming Python Programmer And Blogger.
Today, we are bringing you another interesting interview with an upcoming python programmer in Nigeria. The man sees as the future python programmer within few months of blogging experience he has already made names for himself. The future python programmer is Rapture Chijioke Godson the brain-box behind Cool Python Codes Blog.
Cool Python Codes was founded by Rapture Chijioke Godson, an internationally recognized Python developer, and blogger. He began to teach Python around 2014 and created Cool Python Codes to learn the lessons he learned.
Since launching Cool Python Codes in 2016, Godson has established his name so fast by publishing cool Python projects for beginners in his tutorials.
Cool Python Codes is now one of Python’s most popular and recognized programming blogs.
Rapture Chijioke Godson, the future python programmer has a lot to say about himself, the experience so far and the blog. Enjoy the interview.
1. Good day Sir, please kindly introduce yourself to our community. (Education, State of origin, family background, business, project or whatever you would like us to know about you)
I am Rapture Chijioke Godson, a tech blogger, programmer and a Chemical Engineering student of the University of Port Harcourt.
I’m from Imo state, Nigeria but I have spent all my life in Port Harcourt, Rivers state. I love topics on entrepreneurship, Christianity, SEO, Email marketing, Social Media Marketing etc.
Am also a Redditor. For the moment, am doing my six-month internship.
2. Tell us about your startup, Python Programming?
Cool Python Codes started in my apartment at school last year, November 2016. It is a platform where I share what I have learned in Python programming. I also interview experts for them to share their insights on some Python-related topics.
3. How long have you been into it?
Well, just one year.
4. How did you get the idea for the Platform? What inspired it?
Whenever am through with my exam, I would play games and watch movies with my geek friend.
But my brother’s friend, when we are playing and watching movies, he would be on his system typing. He won’t join us to waste our time and this made me curious.
What the heck is this guy doing?
I asked him what he does and he said that he is a blogger.
This was my opportunity and I had to grab it. I wanted him to teach me and he did that willingly.
How did you choose the niche(s) that you have chosen to blog in?
My friend told me I need to blog in the area I am good at and that’s why I blog about Python programming.
6. Why did you start this blog? Money? Passion? Hobby?
I started my blog for many reasons.
First, blogging enables me to document my knowledge in Python programming. I still refer to my tutorials anytime I have challenges in a project.
I don’t only document my knowledge, but I learn more on a particular topic. A lot of programmers have corrected me in my tutorials.
For example, my last tutorial on Object-Oriented programming, I was criticized a lot. I was trying to make the tutorial simple for beginners which I didn’t achieve. Now, I have to go back to the drawing board which allows me to learn more and more.
Documenting my knowledge has been helpful to me and I suggest to everyone if you want to know more about a subject, blog about it.
My friend paid his tuition fees through blogging, so I intend making money and become influential through blogging.
7. What were your challenges starting your blog?
Cash has been the major issue. With little to no cash coming in, and without a paying job, I find it difficult.
But when there is a will there is surely a way. I want to use this opportunity to thank my mom for having faith in me by supporting me financially.
Also, getting backlinks to rank my blog is a major challenge hence resulting in the low organic traffic.
8. What can you really say as being unique about your blog?
I also interview other top Python programmers.
Did you receive any professional assistance or did you created your blog yourself?
Most of the assistance was provided by my friend. He told me to follow guys like Brian Dean, Neil Patel, Social Media Examiner(for facebook/ social media marketing). He also helped me set up my blog, Email marketing campaign etc
I get my assistance from Andrew Asibor’s Whatsapp group.
10. Do you have people working for you or you do it alone?
My brother helped me do my logo, but the rest work is done by me. As a lean start-up, I don’t have the funds to hire people.
11. What sacrifices have you had to make to be where you are right now?
Work is the major sacrifice. I also sacrifice some hours of my sleep. I also read a lot and build the connection with individuals in my industry.
How do you manage time to run your blog efficiently?
I mostly blog when school is not in session. I wake up as early as 3 in the morning, work till I have to eat, do some clean-up and I am back to work.
Also, I sleep around 12. I basically work all the time.
Can you name some of your favourite bloggers and explain why they are your favourites?
14. What company, individual, or business do you look up to?
I think question 13 and 14 would have the same answer.
Well, they are numerous to mention. I respect Promise Excel for having no advert on his blog. It is not easy and he provides valuable contents both on his blog and facebook profile.
Alvin Uchenna is another inspiring blogger.
Onuoha UI is an awesome guy, though he is not a blogger, however, you have to follow him on facebook.
I respect Emenike Emmanuel for attracting big names in the blogging community to even guest post on his blog
Umar Farouq, David Chisomeje, Precious Ngwu, Andrew Asibor, David Akinwale all these are phenomenal. There are many people too.
15. Who has been your greatest inspiration and also key role players in your life?
The list of inspirational people in my life are numerous.
My Dad has been one of the biggest inspiration including my mom.
Uzo, my friend, and reading partner has inspired me much.
The rest are Dr. Eric Thomas, Robert Kiyosaki, Tony Robbins, Michael Jordan, Steph Curry, Les Brown, Muhammed Ali, Jim Rohn,
16. Do you consider yourself successful right now? What’s your view of success as a person and as a blogger?
Am always successful. To me, there is the micro and mega success.
Micro success is the little success you achieve every day by working on your goals. People don’t see this type of success.
Mega success is when people start talking about you like Linda Ikeja, and you become viral like an epidemic.
For now, am achieving micro success, the ones you can’t see. The daily work I do every day that will eventually pay off one day.
An achievement does not need to be big to be called a success.
17. What do you enjoy so much about blogging?
The pen in the 19th century, the pen was mighty than the sword, but in this century, a blog is mighty than the pen because you can reach more people all over the world.
Being able to share your ideas with many people is want I enjoy doing.
18. What are your plans to take your blog career to the next level?
I want to be an entrepreneur, am thinking of taking my blog public on the stock exchange market.
I know it sounds crazy, or impossible but that’s my major plan.
What does entrepreneurship mean to you? Aside from blogging, do you have other things you do like selling products, having a business or brand etc?
I look at entrepreneurship in a different way from most people. I don’t see being self-employed, having a blog as an entrepreneur.
For me, creating job opportunities, or taking your business public is entrepreneurship. When you have created a system that keeps providing you money, without you having to work again if you choose to, that’s when I can say that you are an entrepreneur.
How can a blogger say that he is an entrepreneur when he depends on Google Adsense for his earning?
C’mon, create your products and start selling.
If you have a hair salon, try and create a franchise.
I know most people won’t agree with me.
What do you think are the major challenges as an entrepreneur in Nigeria?
Generally, it is capital.
New challenges are getting attention. Nigeria is very populated and most people are not willing to pay for your services when it is of high quality and very expensive.
For an internet entrepreneur, I guess it has to be Paypal. Many go through the back door. I won’t say electricity is a challenge for an internet entrepreneur because Lumos (Solar company partnering with MTN) has provided a solution.
What three pieces of advice would you give to university graduates/undergraduates who want to become entrepreneurs?
First: School punishes students for cheating in a test, Life punishes you when you don’t have a team.
When I read the book, “The Richest Man in Babylon”, I learned you can’t be wealthy on your own.
You need to surround yourself with the right people. For example, Bill Gates worked with Paul Allen, Steve Jobs with Steve Wozniak.
Greatest can’t be achieved alone.
Second: School doesn’t encourage failing but Life encourages failure.
Don’t be discouraged when you mess up when no one turns up for your event after spending much on investing. Keeping grinding and learn from your failures and the failures of others.
Third: Be street smart.
Let me tell you the truth, you can be very smart with your academics, but when it comes to Life, you have to be street smart unless someone will take you out of business.
I don’t mean being fraudulent, I mean knowing the law, accounting, insurance, copyright policy, franchise etc.
If Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook wasn’t street smart, he could have lost facebook through a lawsuit.
In fact, I love Robert Kiyosaki and Robert Greene because they teach you how to be smart on the street.
22. When will you say, “yes, your Python Programming Blog is successful”?
When it becomes a major brand and when I take it public.
Do you have any specific goals to be achieved for the rest of this year?
I want to rank number one for the keyword “Cool Python Codes”. A roundup post before the end of this year is also what am working on. I hope by the grace of God, I achieve them all.
What are the inspired words you have for our readers?
They should not sit at home and wait for the government to provide jobs or for a big company to call them for an interview.
With Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc you can survive and even help the less privileged in the society.
When I see a number of views Mark Angel gets on YouTube, I smile because I can estimate what he earns. And trust me; it is enough to pay his bills with extra cash for him to spare.
Don’t use your strength to help build someone’s empire, find something and do.
If you can cut hair, try and run Facebook ads to get more customers, this also goes for anyone with a skill.
Open a website, put up your services and do some local SEO on your website.
The internet is full of opportunities for wealth but please avoid quick money schemes, they will end you in serious trouble.
Please don’t follow the crowd, not because I have a blog or Mark Angel is into comedy, then you join us because of the money.
Everyone is blessed with a talent, find yours. Some are good on the camera, they will do well on Instagram and YouTube, some are good in the voice so they can open a podcast. And some are like me, too shy so we have a blog.
Find your strengths, your passion and work with it. Chase excellence, provide value and the money will definitely come.
Lastly, we believe success is not a straight line. What do you think can motivate persons to achieve success in life?
That’s why I don’t like school. As an engineering student, your work becomes much easier when your problem becomes linear when you assume some variables constant or negligible.
In life, every variable counts and linearity is slimly possible. In fact, when a man went to the moon, his journey was not linear, he had to make much adjustment.
To achieve success in life you need a strong way so that you can keep making an adjustment when you are not in the direction of your goal.
If your why or reason for success is not strong enough, you will miss your target and run out of fuel/drive and you become a statistics (the 90% that fail in life.)
Thanks for the opportunity given to this blog to interview you.
SABTrends team uses this medium to appreciate and thank Rapture Chijioke Godson for taking our interview.
We urge all our readers and visitors to kindly visit Cool Python Codes Blog. To learn best Python tutorial with examples, free source codes to download and python interviews with experts.
We thereby wish our python programmer of today Rapture Chijioke Godson more success in the blogging sphere.