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I am in a cybercafe, typing on systems that seem to be the oldest ever. I have been trying to get my assignment posted for the past five hours. i am tired and very frustrated. My carefully constructed original assignment is lying in my flash drive, murdered by some unknown virus. I arrived here hoping to copy and paste it only for the discover the file has been corrupted, it simply refuses to open. The second one disappeared after I finished typing it on this system. Trust me, files disappear on these kind of systems. They just diffuse. In this experience lies my greatest challenge when it comes to blogging. I don't have access to a personal computer. Thus, here I am with my eyes darting frantically from the cybertimer to the keyboard hoping I don't have to buy extra time and then trek home. If I were to have a blog, I will have quite some difficulty updating it. I plan to get a personal computer in like two months. This I think will solve this problem. I also intend to open a blogger account and start blogging this week. I am sure I will have fresh challenges as I go.


Nelly2.0's picture

That is funny

Hi Ola,

the picture you paint is very funny. I can imagine you doing all that because I have found myself in the same situation before. It is truly uncomfortable when you are going through it, but sometimes when I sit down and think about all the measures we take to reduce cost, sometimes I laugh. I knew a guy once who would change the time on the machine by hacking and the day he was caught - you don't want to know what happened to him.

I have a personal computer that was given to me by a friend. It is a P2 and very slow. Sometimes I fondly call it 'mbamba'. In the local dialect here, that means old mother. Believe me, I know what you are going through. But take heart and when you get that pc, I am sure it will help you a lot.


JaniceW's picture

Don't give up

I sense your frustration as you sit down at the computer and read amused, as you recount your challenges to post your files. I sympathize with your frustration and hope that by having a personal computer soon, some of your difficulties will be eliminated. Don't give up though as we love hearing your voice and your journal entires provoke us to consider issues we don't always think about.

jadefrank's picture

It's not too late!

Hi Olakitike,

How frustrated you must be! I know that computer access can be a big obstacle, especially there in Nigeria. If you feel that you cannot continue in the program, we will understand and look forward to your contributions in the future when access is available to you.

But please don't let this deter you from continuing with the Voices of Our Future program. You have made it this far and your writing is so captivating and inspiring - we do not want to lose you as an applicant! For circumstances beyond your control - we allow for extensions. So please try again to post your assignment for Week Three. It is not too late!

Warm regards,

misscarly's picture

VOF Week 3 Assignment

Dear Olakitike,

Oh no! What a familiar feeling of dread when we realise a file is gone. How frustrating that your carefully written words vanish into the air. I'm sorry for this. I know it can be discouraging and disheartening, yet you remained dedicated to write the post and continue contributing to Voices of the Future.

Access to suitable technology is indeed one of the greatest challenges to enabling women everywhere to blog. I admire your perseverance and hope that writing becomes easier when you have your own computer! As you said, with every solution there are fresh challenges. What helps you to keep seeking solutions to these barriers?

with kindness,
carly diaz

olakitike's picture

thanks for the empathy

thanks for the empathy and kind words. Its comforting to be reminded that this has happened to other people too. For me seeking a solution to these barriers is everyday life. I happen to live in a country where unfortunately even the most basic amenities are not provide, one learns early to take obstacles as a part of daily life. you can read more on my blog to learn about my beautiful country and its people. Follow this Link

Jocelynbrazil's picture

VOF Listener

I really appreciated your honesty. What a perfect example of some of the challenges of technology! You experienced it live in action and reported it beautifully.

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