All roads led to Abuja as Ethereum Nigeria hosted its first Meetup for 2023 in Nigeria’s capital city on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
With more than 80 enthusiastic participants, the event saw a gathering that engaged in enlightening discussions and gained insights into the world of Ethereum and blockchain technology.
The meetup began with an opening remark delivered by the YALI Abuja coordinator, Moyosola Oladayo. As explained by Moyosola, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) serves as a beacon for the youth in Africa, nurturing leadership and entrepreneurship skills.
This introduction provided valuable context about YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) and its role in fostering leadership and innovation across the continent.
Enoch Mbaebie, Ethereum Nigeria Lead, delivered the keynote address and highlighted the mission and objectives behind embarking on this series of outreach programs.
His speech shed light on the importance of blockchain technology and its transformative potential in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.
Takeaways from his keynote address include:
Ethereum and Blockchain Technology: He delved into the fundamentals of Ethereum and blockchain technology, elucidating their significance in revolutionizing various industries, from finance to supply chain management.
Vision: Enoch expounded on Ethereum Nigeria’s vision, emphasizing its commitment to fostering blockchain innovation, education, and adoption in Nigeria. He underscored the potential of blockchain technology to drive economic growth and social change.
Community Engagement: The importance of community engagement was a central theme in his speech. Enoch highlighted the role of the Ethereum Nigeria community in facilitating collaboration, knowledge sharing, and support among blockchain enthusiasts and entrepreneurs.
Future Initiatives: He teased about upcoming initiatives and projects that Ethereum Nigeria plans to undertake, hinting at exciting opportunities for those eager to participate in the blockchain ecosystem.
Enoch also delivered the first learning session as he discussed blockchain and smart contract security. He explained critical points around the safety of blockchain technology and best practices for ensuring the security of blockchain networks.
Joining the event virtually, Youssef Khaoulaj, CEO and Co-founder of Moroccan Blockchain Laboratory also discussed smart contract security.
He explained the concepts of smart contracts APPS and DAPPS in relation to the Solidity programming language.
The DAPPS in this case is a decentralized system with a significant use case for smart contracts. According to Youssef, smart contracts also come with their own vulnerabilities, however, he highlighted the “Audit-pentest of smart contract”, a measure to mitigate smart contract vulnerabilities.
He concluded by discussing coding best practices as safe ways to ensure security on smart contracts.
To keep the attendees energized and engaged, a short gaming session was seamlessly integrated into the program.
This interlude provided an opportunity for participants to unwind, socialize, and recharge for the subsequent sessions.
Shortly after the game session, Micah Ogugua, Coordinator of Ethereum Nigeria, Abuja chapter took the stage for the second learning session. His presentation focused on the niche yet valuable skill of blockchain technical writing.
He listed copywriting, deep level of research, asking the right questions, base-level programming and knowledge of Buffer, Hubspot, and Medium as the required skills for technical writing.
He further listed the benefits which included significant financial take home, a non-compete contract (working with several companies simultaneously), a chance to relocate, access to international trips, and first-hand information on projects (airdrops, giveaways and competitions)
He concluded with tips on how to acquire technical writing jobs:
Writing sample articles on the project
A solid medium account
A solid CV: Doc with a link to your portfolio
Use ChatGPT to streamline cover letters
Attendees gained insights into the growing demand for individuals who can effectively communicate complex blockchain concepts and opportunities in this emerging field.
After the informative sessions, a brief overview of the Ethereum Nigeria community was presented. This segment gave attendees a glimpse into the organization’s structure, goals, and ways individuals can get involved and contribute to the Ethereum ecosystem.
The day concluded with a refreshing refreshment break, allowing participants to network, share experiences, and build connections with like-minded individuals passionate about blockchain technology.
The Ethereum Nigeria community outreach event in Abuja was an enriching experience that succeeded in fostering connections, spreading knowledge, and empowering individuals to embrace the potential of blockchain technology.
It served as a testament to the growing interest and enthusiasm for blockchain within Nigeria and showcased the Ethereum Nigeria community’s dedication to driving positive change through technology.
Featured Image: Cross-section of Speakers and Panelists at Ethereum Nigeria Meetup, Abuja