Global Game Jam 2017

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As you all know, I am passionate about game development. So it is my pleasure to be one of the organizers of the Global Game Jam Lagos 2017.

The event page shows that the event is already sold out but if you are interested in participating, just show up. One important tip to add about the venue is that it is beside the Raumplus showroom.

If you know nothing about game jams and are searching for resources, this link will help you come up to speed.

We will be posting updates from our Facebook page. We hope to see you at the venue.

Nigerian API Directory

Happy New Year.

I was in a training program and there was a discussion about Nigerian APIs and apart from the companies in Fintech, I couldn’t think of any other company with an API. What was painful was that I couldn’t think of a ready reference for all the APIs in Nigeria.

That led me to the decision to create a directory of APIs by Nigerian companies. I believe this year must witness greater interoperability in the technology ecosystem and so I am starting this list with a simple Google Doc.

You can view it here.

If you want to add to this list, please get in touch with me by filling the Contact Form on this blog.

I don’t know where this will go but life has taught me that no idea is so big that you can’t take the first step.

Welcome to a beautiful beginning.

 

 

Please Vote for Constance

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A while back I remember posting about the Etisalat Flash Fiction Award. Today, one of my friends has made it to the finals and needs your votes.

To vote for her,

  1. Use the link https://prize.etisalat.com.ng/flash-fiction/voteall.php?id=2867
  2. Use a web browser, FireFox, UC browser or CM browser (preferably) to VOTE. If it says the connection is insecure, please continue it won’t affect your device
  3. Tap the blue bar showing the no of votes
  4. You’ll be prompted to log in to your Facebook account then click continue.
  5. When the no of votes changes then, you’ve voted

Thanks as you vote

How I Self-Published My First Book

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This month ends on a high for me. On the 23rd of this month, I officially became an author. Clicking the image of the book above will take you to the book page on Amazon.

Writing a book was no mean feat for me. It was a process of transformation that spanned 9 months. I started off writing the tutorial series for Android Development for Everyday People.

The first blog post of the series was posted on February 2oth. By the time I did the last post of the series on  I knew I had enough content to create an ebook.

I reached out to Packt in order to be able to publish my book but they never returned my email. Once I accepted that I was on my own, I knew that if it was to happen, it would depend on me making it happen.

I drew a line in the sand and decided that I would publish this book by October 25th. It was a hard deadline I set for myself and as the date drew near, I blogged everyday about my struggles. You can find it on my new blog. The series of posts can be found here.

Since the writing was completed, the next phase would be to start editing the book. In my case, editing would also mean compiling the individual drafts of the book into a single ebook.

I needed to use a WYSIWYG editor to create the single ebook. There are a lot of options available but I settled on BlueGriffon. I created a single HTML file for the entire book.

Inspiration hit and I got the idea for what my cover design would look like. In the end, I used MS Paint to create my book cover.

Once I was done, I had to compile the book into a form suitable for Kindle. To do this, I used Mobipocket CreatorMobipocket Creator then created the Kindle version for me. Once I figured this out, I had to do the book layout again.

I will not bore you with how difficult it was to edit, create and preview an ebook several times. At the end, I got a book I was satisfied with.

Creating an Amazon KDP account was easy. The hard part was getting filling the tax forms. It took up to an hour to get it right. Once this was done, I uploaded the book file and book cover to the Amazon store.

The next day, I got confirmation that my book was on the Amazon store from my publisher account. Later in the day, the book was available on the Amazon store.

It has been a long and tiring 9 months of transformation. In the end the result is there for you to see.

Have a great weekend.

Android Development for Everyday People – Cover Design

Android Development for Everyday People - Book Cover

Welcome to a new month.

Its been a long road getting here. Today I have finally gotten to the place where I can show the world the cover design for my book Android Development for Everyday People.

As the year runs to an end, I plan to release it this month across various on-line stores. Currently editing the final draft. It should go on sale this month.

I am grateful to have made it this far.