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Collins Nji, a 17-year-old from Cameroon, becomes first African person to win Google’s annual Code-In competition

WINNER: Collins Nji

WINNER: Collins Nji

COLLINS NJI, a 17-year-old from Cameroon, has made history by becoming the first African person to win Google’s annual Code-In competition.

He beat 1,340 students from 62 countries to emerge as the grand prize winner.

Established in 2010, Google hosts the Google Code-in, a global online competition, where teenagers, usually between the ages of 13 and 17 complete small open source programming tasks.

Collins’ feat is that much more remarkable you consider that he didn’t have access to the Internet (the Cameroonian government shut down the internet in the English-speaking region, where he lives and schools) during the course of the contest. He had to travel to a nearby francophone town to submit his entry for the contest.

The teen, who is the first African to take part in the contest, is in his final year at the Government Bilingual High School, Bamenda, Cameroon.

Collins will be travelling to the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California, to meet the Google Open Source team and other members of the Google Software Engineering team for a tour of Silicon Valley.

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