I went from rural Nigeria to an MIT-backed startup -- with a Nokia phone

Elvis Chidera, now working for MIT-backed startup dot Learn.

Story highlights

  • Dot Learn produces educational videos
  • Nigeria's rising tech scene

Elvis Chidera is a developer at dot Learn in Lagos, a startup which builds educational apps for students in emerging markets. The opinions in this article belong to the author.

(CNN)I'm a 19-year-old developer at an MIT-backed startup called dot Learn in Lagos, living in the bustle of Nigeria's largest city. But until recently my life was quite different.

Just a few years ago, I was living in rural southeastern Nigeria and had nothing but a basic Nokia 2690 phone -- and a big dream to improve the world using technology.
Here's my journey from "village boy" to the epicenter of West Africa's tech boom.

    Learning to code

    Elvis Chidera.