A Brief Stint with Technical Pressure

by Olalekan Abdulsalami on 22 Jul 2019 • 13 comments
4 min read

July 7th to July 13th, 2019 started unofficially for me a week earlier. There was intense pressure from the previous week due to the fact that Marvey (my laptop)  lost her eyesight in the battle. She was a faithful soldier until the end. As a result of Marvey’s disability, Katrina had to be born, she is beautiful and stronger than her sibling.  Although, She needed to be trained for the imminent battle ahead. I had to rush my new baby through a fighting crash course. She did well haha, we’re better and stronger now.

On Sunday the 7th of July, I tweeted about the week; little did I know it was going to be extra-intensive, I didn’t know whaz goin on...



The week was ushered in with different software development processes namely;
  • Pressure driven development
  • Deadline driven development
  • Stress driven development
This last one was when I totally gave up, the higher powers took over. It was above my pay-grade; 
  • Chilling driven development

We were working on SupplyBase; an agro-processing software where food processors like rice mills can manage their supply relationships with farmers and other suppliers digitally.

Monday was quite extreme because time was really against us and Michael was going to train our clients how to use the app we were still working on. Rebby, on the other hand, was doing her “beastly” stuff as usual. Mehnn, she didn’t get an ounce of sleep chai! What can I say?

Lessons learnt
  1. Pressure is real
  2. Pressure is real
  3. Pressure is real
  4. You can’t die while writing code but you can almost die
  5. Don’t just write code, have a blueprint for the code you wanna write
  6. Rest is important else, you’ll write bad code
  7. I need to improve my eating habits
  8. Michael is THE ULTIMATE BEAST
  9. Crop2Cash team members are nice/kind
  10. Pressure is real


On one of those nights we needed to rest a little, I had the privilege of having a late-night discussion with Rebby where we talked extensively about some of the problems face by Nigerian youths. Striking to note, is the realization that we had similar ideas on some of the problems. An important one is a fact that our current system doesn’t give young people the opportunity to see beyond their nose. The system has kinda stifled the imagination of young individuals, hence the youths don’t see themselves from the global perspective of things. I’m still seeking an explanation for why this is so.

Rebby gave me a wonderful injunction. She said if you’re trying to build a robotic car, your competition is not the Ade in your class but rather the Lee Xi in China. This struck numerous chords in me immediately because Lee Xi in China has all he needs to succeed but I do not, in fact, I believe the system here is inherently skewed to make us fail. As a result of this, it is very convenient to blame the system and make excuses but remember “Excuses don’t win championships”.
So, if I really want to compete globally, I have to put in extra work to be exceptional. 

Many thanks to Google, Stackoverflow, and Twitter who all contributed to my survival. Specifically,
  • Lot's of credit to Uduak CEO (Chief Enjoyment Officer)
  • Leke my oga too, I see the pity in his eyes when he comes in the morning
  • Lekan, I’ll only say positive things about you if you hate me no more lol
  • Emem, I will not forget your kindness to me. I hope to repay soon.
  • Chi, I know you won’t see this but errm, thank you too


Finally, I wish all of us good speed and productivity this week.

Let’s grow it and cash it.

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13 Comments

  1. Chisom_Global

    22 Jul 2019 AT 15:53 PM

    This was a nice read. The flow and strategy used in writing is indeed spectular
  2. Thomas Gideon

    22 Jul 2019 AT 16:51 PM

    The technicality employed in the write-up is applausive. And John, you're right. The system isn't favourable for the youths. But that's inexcusable! It's interesting to note that the same way, the system stretches one so as to be able to survive. More so, we must give ourselves to personal development and look beyond the local domain if we must stand to compete with geniuses out there. The pressure is real!
  3. Obi

    22 Jul 2019 AT 17:00 PM

    JP this was fun to read! I learnt and I laughed haha thanks.
  4. Pluto Pen

    22 Jul 2019 AT 17:29 PM

    This is a really insightful and helpful post.
  5. Olohi

    22 Jul 2019 AT 19:34 PM

    JP!!! Really... Thank God for Katrina. Thank you for this post. There is this thing in my belly... It is called Joy. And you know why.
  6. Olohi

    22 Jul 2019 AT 19:35 PM

    JP!!! Really... Thank God for Katrina. Thank you for this post. There is this thing in my belly... It is called Joy. And you know why.
  7. Muyiwa

    22 Jul 2019 AT 21:53 PM

    Pressure is real!!!! Nice one jp
  8. Michael

    23 Jul 2019 AT 18:27 PM

    The post is a call to action. Thanks for sharing your experience of how pressure forced out a treasure.
  9. Michael

    23 Jul 2019 AT 18:28 PM

    The post is a call to action. Thanks for sharing your experience of how pressure forced out a treasure.
  10. O'Benson

    24 Jul 2019 AT 13:59 PM

    Pressure is real! The system isn't brooding hands that can compete rightly and stomach pressure correctly. Hum!! Nice piece JP.
  11. Pluto Pen

    25 Jul 2019 AT 10:53 AM

    This is a really insightful and helpful post.
  12. Katrina's Daddy

    07 Aug 2019 AT 23:15 PM

    Thank you, John Paul. I love this article
  13. Katrina's Daddy

    07 Aug 2019 AT 23:16 PM

    Thank you, John Paul. I love this article

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