Miss Emmanuella Oziofu, a nine-year-old pupil of Fortune Schools in Benin, Edo State, has designed a “Food website” which she hopes to launch February.
Oziofu, who is currently studying web design at Complete Computer Technology Centre in Benin, said she would create the website as an App on Google Play Store before her 10th birthday in 2019.
“My target is to become a professional web designer and analyst at age nine, and I have accomplished it,” she told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the celebration of her ninth birthday in Benin on Sunday,
She said the website known as “Food website” was to encourage both parents and children to eat healthy local and international dishes and to cut down on junks.
“One of the contents of the website is the ‘Goodbye Junks Food, Hello Super Healthy Food.’ This contains African dishes, Mexican dishes, continental dishes and list of restaurants in different cities in the world.
“The website has a form in it where customers can get feedbacks.
“I’m working on the food order and delivery content and also to create the website as an app on Google Play Store,” she said.
She said she started learning Information Communication Technology (ICT) at seven.
“At age seven, I enrolled at Nikon Institute of Information Technology where I graduated with a certificate in Basic Training. With this, I specialised in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point.
“I also have a certificate in Desktop Publishing, Advance Power Point, Advance Excel, Corel Draw and Adobe Page Maker,” she said.
Ozoifu said that hard work and support from her parents enabled her achieve the feat, and encouraged children to embrace ICT knowledge as a tool for national development.
“I want to be a gynecologist in future and I believe my knowledge of ICT will enable me practice my profession better, make me more innovative and render quality health care services,” she said.
The young ICT guru said she intended to teach children about ICT, expand her knowledge about the field of study and break records before she attained 14.
Mr Nelson Osamudiamen, Emmanuella’s Instructor, described her love for ICT as incredible. She said she is an ever-ready-to-learn child.
He said Emmanuella had been able to learn how to design website and he was going to teach her Java and other related programmes so that she could also be a website developer.
Osamudiamen urged parents and the Federal Government to create the enabling environment for children at very young age to learn ICT.
“Children in countries like China are doing very well when it comes to ICT. Nigerian children are smart and can also do well in ICT.
“The government should create a good ICT infrastructure in schools and the enabling environment for children to learn the course,” Osamudiamen said. (NAN)