Google Code-In — 17-year-old Cameroonian becomes first African to win coding contest

November 2016 saw Google crown Nji Collins Gbah as the first ever African winner of their annual coding competition, despite hailing from a region within the country that the internet has been shut down by the government due to socio-political unrest. The 17-year-old is from Cameroon, and is one of 1,300 students (aged 13-17) across 62 countries to compete in 2016. The Google Code-In competition includes various tasks involving coding, research and various other digital subject areas, such as challenges to improve healthcare in developing countries, for example. As part of his prize, Gbah has been invited to spend time at Google’s campus in California with other winners.