Early life

I was born to a multicultural Nigerian family in Katsina, Katsina state of Nigeria. My father, Alhaji Ndanusa Yunusa Yakubu is a local chief (Sarkin Nufawan Katsina), originally from Niger State and Kwara State and my mother is from Osun State, Nigeria. I am the first child of my parents.

Education

I attended primary and secondary school education in Katsina. I held different positions such as class prefect/representative, student welfare prefect and was a head boy in secondary school. I then proceeded to School of Basic and Remedial Studies (SBRS) in Funtua for an intermediary level of studies for earning a place at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Upon successful completion of my studies at the SBRS, I got admitted to study Agricultural engineering at the Bayero University, Kano (BUK) where I spent a week before securing another admission to study Bachelor of computer science at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. I spent two years studying at ABU.

After I left ABU, I spent a year in Cairo, Egypt where I enrolled for a degree in Business Information Technology at the Canadian International College business school. I also enrolled in a computer networking programme at Computek and obtained a certificate in Networking and Switching.

While in Egypt, I secured an admission in New Zealand, where I completed and obtained a bachelor degree in Software and Information Technology from Lincoln University and a Master of Human Interface Technology from HITLab, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

I recently got an offered at the University of Oxford, the United Kingdom to further my education in Software Engineering.

Career

My background is in software engineering and user experience design. I am a full stack software developer, I build native mobile applications for Android, IOS, Windows mobile and also build web applications for small to medium businesses. I’m currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand.  I’m also a prototyping enthusiast, User Experience Designer, an entrepreneur and software development tutor.

Languages

As a result of my background, I am fluent in Hausa as well as Yoruba, which is my mother tongue and I also speak a bit of Nupe language, which is my dad’s language.