Ire Aderinokun is a self-taught front-end developer and UI designer based in Lagos, Nigeria.
From software development to web development, from front-end to back-end, the career paths you can choose in the world of development are an endless realm of opportunities.
Aside from the multiple routes you can take, there are also multiple ways to start out on those routes.
Take Ire Aderinokun for example. She is a self-taught front-end developer and user interface (UI) designer based in Lagos, Nigeria. She started her career working as a freelance developer in 2014.
“After doing that for a few months, I worked at a media company in Nigeria, Big Cabal, for a few years as their head of technology. Then, I went on to work at Eyeo, the company behind products such as Adblock Plus,” she said. “Now, I’m building a start-up called BuyCoins, a cryptocurrency exchange for Africa.”
Aderinokun’s role changed gradually as she moved to different companies. “I’ve developed from doing more general work to doing more specific and specialised work in front-end development. Now, I’ve moved towards teaching/managing others and, even though I still do a lot of development work myself, I focus more on the ‘big picture’.”
When asked what people aren’t focusing on enough at the moment when it comes to technology, she said: “I think people don’t focus enough on accessibility.”
‘If the people calling the shots take accessibility more seriously, the people creating the websites will have to as well’
– IRE ADERINOKUN