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Meet CodeLand Keynote Speaker Gift Egwuenu

Gracie Gregory (she/her)
Content Manager @ Forem — Em-dashing my way through life
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Over the next few weeks leading up to CodeLand 2021, we'll be sharing mini-interviews with our four keynote speakers so you can get to know them a bit better before hearing their talks!

We hope you enjoy this series and we can't wait to see you at CodeLand 2021 — September 23-24th, all-remote right here on CodeNewbie Community. Create an account if you don't have one already!

Get to know Gift Egwuenu...

Pronouns: She/Her
Based in: The Netherlands
Title, Organization: Frontend Consultant @ Passionate People & Content Creator
CodeLand Keynote: "One Rule to Rule Them All: Learning in Public"
Fun fact: Gift is very active on YouTube where she shares technology, career, and lifestyle content.


Q: Why are you excited to speak at CodeLand 2021?

Gift: I'm excited I get to speak at CodeLand 2021 because it's a community close to my heart. I've been a member of the Code Newbie community right from when I started my career in tech and excited I get to share my knowledge with a group of early-career developers!

Q: What role did community play in the early days of your software development journey?

Gift: Coding communities helped me a lot when I started in tech. I participated in the #100DaysofCode challenge. It was the most amazing experience and how I started my journey of learning in public. I also began blogging after deciding to take on the "Blog More Challenge" — part of the CodeNewbie Challenge 2018.

Note: You can sign up for the 2021 version of the CodeNewbie Challenge here

Q: What’s one thing you’d tell yourself on the first day of your software development journey if you could go back in time?

Gift: Relax, it's okay to feel like you don't know anything yet or don't understand the concepts yet, it takes time to solidify them and consistency is key so keep the fire burning!

Q: When you’re not writing code, what’s your favorite thing to do?

Gift: Netflix and chill. I also enjoy making videos on my YouTube channel and playing video games currently playing (The Last of Us II).

Q: Who or what is a source of inspiration for you in your career?

Gift: Sarah Drasner - She's been a huge source of inspiration since I started following her in the early days of my career. I also look up to other developers like Angie Jones and Cassidy Williams (@cassidoo ) — they are doing amazingly well in the developer space and inspire me just by being their true selves. I feel lucky to learn from their experience and following their work closely.


"Relax, it's okay to feel like you don't know anything yet or don't understand the concepts yet, it takes time to solidify them and consistency is key so keep the fire burning!"

- Gift Egwuenu


You can follow Gift right here on CodeNewbie Community (@lauragift_ ) and on Twitter (@lauragift_ ).

Register for CodeLand 2021 to hear Gift's keynote talk: "One Rule to Rule Them All: Learning in Public"

>> https://codelandconf.com

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