Cameroon Teen Is 1st African to Win Google Coding Challenge (

A teenager in northwestern Cameroon has become the first African to win Google’s global youth coding challenge, despite an ongoing internet blackout in his hometown.

Nji Patrick Gbah’s tailor shop in Bamenda is buzzing with business and pride. His son, Collins, was recently named one of 34 grand-prize winners in this year’s Google Code-In, a global challenge for young programmers.

He used to punish his son for “joking” with the computer.

Nji Collins Gbah has won a trip to Google headquarters in California this June with the other top finishers. [...] MORE