How Microsoft’s Adora Nwodo is living the software engineering dream she had when she was 6

We are all born differently, but we are also born differently gifted; so let’s learn to give ourselves completely so that we can die empty.—Adora Nwodo, Software Engineer, Microsoft.

Sometime in October 2021, Adora Nwodo (née Nenne Adaora Nwodo) had a conversation with her brother who suggested she take a business/management course to gain valuable insights to propel her to the next level in her career. It sounded like a great idea, so she immediately set out to find an American institution that would suit her best.

Of course, she had her eyes set on Ivy League schools primarily for the network and wealth of experience they offer. You’d be right to guess that his options were limited to Oxford, MIT, Stanford, and similar schools.

Shooting from his room in Lagos, Adora Nwodo took all 4,800+ subscribers on AdoraHack, her YouTube channelthroughout her journey to becoming a LEAD Online Business student at Stanford Graduate School of Business (Stanford GSB).

Sporting a burnt orange hoodie emblazoned with the logo of his social brand, AdoraHack, the 25-year-old cloud engineer shared his story, from his admission to what to expect in the future.

Please note, Adora is also known as Grand Nenz.

Adora Nwodo. Software Engineer, Microsoft

Adora says Stanford GSB is a great fit for her because she wants a full school experience and keep her job at Microsoft, which she talks about enthusiastically.

You’d be wrong to conclude that being a Stanford YouTuber and MBA student is all there is to Adora; creativity is also part of his arsenal.

As a member of the application development team for Microsoft Mesh, a mixed reality platform, she designs tools that enable people in different physical locations to virtually participate in collaborative meetings and share experiences. holographic.

Further defining her role, she says, “I’m building the cloud services that make up the whole platform, and it’s been an experience. I learned a lot in the process, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world! »

On a sunny Saturday morning in March, I spent time with Adora at a hangout on the mainland of Lagos. Before she ran away for a family engagement, we talked for about 90 minutes about everything from what drives her to her passions to everything it took to get to where she is today.

Have a chat with Adora Nwodo. Software Engineer, Microsoft

Speaking with Adora, a strong proponent of intentionality, focus, connectedness, and showing up as comfortably as possible, it was easy to see what lessons she learned from her experiences.

“You have to learn to be teachable because that’s how you would grow,” Adora began, picking up momentum, “Have an open mind! If your mind isn’t open, nothing can come in; you can’t not learn.

A busy background

Growing up in the economic city of Lagos, Adora Nwodo — an intelligent child and an avid reader – had the most unusual childhood.

“To be honest, I didn’t know who I was before this whole tech thing. I’m one of those people who started playing with computers when I was six years old.

Adora Nwodo. Software Engineer, Microsoft

The youngest of three children, Adora unconsciously developed a taste for computers early on so she could be closer to her brothers – her playmates – who spent most of their time practicing what they have. learned during their computer classes on the desktop computer their father gave them, instead of with her.

She credits her brothers for teaching her the basics of using the desktop computer, which quickly became a common interest they shared and brought them closer. But as she spends time with her brothers, Adora’s obsession with the machine grows. Before her tenth birthday, she had taught herself to type faster, navigate Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and create amateur designs on CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe PageMaker.

Around the same time, she was introduced to social media – Myspace – and received her first yahoo.com email under the supervision of her father and much older brothers.

She was quick to point out that the internet was a much healthier and safer place.

Adora became more attached to the computer than her brother because she found it captivating and intriguing.

She fondly remembers her reactions when someone said something about IT around her, and how it influenced her decision to become a programmer when she was growing up. Following her dream, Adora started her programming journey with Visual Basic, HTML and CSS in high school, before earning a first class degree in Computer Science from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).

Anyone who has chosen a career can attest that self-discovery is a lifelong process. And historically, African parents or guardians force their children or wards to choose what they see as courses in lucrative industries.

Adora’s decision to go into software engineering was the result of foresight. She has had plenty of guidance and mentorship from her family and a few support people. In addition, the excellent study program of the UNILAG computer science department contributed to his achievements.

In the career verse

Adora Nwodo. Software Engineer, Microsoft

Adora’s time at UNILAG defined her interest; “I just wanted to build things,” she recalls.

From writing code to confirm the accuracy of a math assignment to building websites, her ability to bring random ideas to life gave her an adrenaline rush that drove her to do more.

This is a good time to mention a few of his favorite projects.

She has built a food blogging website, a full Android project (a backend app and API), a local search engine (a school project), an Android media encryption app, an Android Game of Thrones Trivia app, and plagiarism detection. software (graduation project) named Third Eye, among others.

Adora got her first official role as a software development intern at an advertising agency during her penultimate year at school; she continued in this role until she graduated.

She then did her mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) with the agency. By the time she was finishing NYSC, she had already accumulated over two years of work experience, and it was hard for them to let her go when she was ready to change jobs due to her excellent work ethic. and his team spirit.

She left the agency for Microsoft in August 2019, when the company had an open opportunity for mixed reality in Africa.

“Microsoft contacted me on LinkedIn because at the time I was already volunteering with several communities, and I was clear about the type of work I was doing and the type of work I was interested in.”

Prior to the invitation, Adora had always made her interest in AI-powered technologies public through posts on Linkedin.

“And that’s what I tell people, ‘Always broadcast what you want to do to the public. You don’t know who’s listening,'” she said.

Adora’s work on the Microsoft Mesh team spans software engineering, DevOps, and security compliance. She works mostly remotely, with a typical workday starting at noon and ending around 7 p.m., when she takes some time to relax.

Microsoft Mesh is powered by Azure, making Azure Cloud one of Adora’s most widely used tools today. It uses programming languages ​​like C#, TypeScript, C++, PHP and Javascript.

What else?

Adora Nwodo. Software Engineer, Microsoft

Adora has been drawn to technology for most of her life and was privileged to pursue it early. She is driven by the philosophy that love can heal the world, her desire to make the world a better place and to foster the inclusion of women in technology.

Adora Nwodo is getting more involved in the developer community, contributing topics at conferences and meetups, writing books, and blogging about her career development, software engineering, and lifestyle.

If Adora hadn’t become a software engineer, she would have been a fashion entrepreneur or a DJ. Interestingly, she had dabbled in fashion entrepreneurship in the past and currently spends her time DJing.

Adora hangs out with friends, goes to fancy restaurants, swims, video calls friends, or takes random self-care breaks to relax.

Considering the amount of Adora on the internet, she was extremely shy and struggled with anxiety and stage fright early in her life. However, she overcame this with years of deliberate effort to speak out and speak at community gatherings.

Besides day-to-day planning and planning, as an author, speaker, YouTuber, DJ, digital content creator, and entrepreneur, her biggest life hacks are delegation, multitasking, planning, and day-to-day planning.

Ultimately, Adora dreams of a time when she would tour Egypt, Rome, and the Middle East for a year.

Oluwanifemi Kolawole

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