Fast and steady wins the race: Eniola Olaleye is bright and focused

Self-learning on Zindi

Eniola is a data science whiz, who stands at 5th place on Zindi’s leaderboard and has been with Zindi from the very beginning. His data science journey started with a five-day Data Science Nigeria bootcamp, where he came to know about Zindi through a hackathon. Zindi was just getting started and so was he.

From competitions to career

His work with Zindi has helped sharpen his skills for his data science intern role at, a gig he also found through Zindi’s Jobs Board.

“I try to relate my learnings to my job,” he explains. “There are a variety of tasks and competitions on Zindi, and you have different problems to solve. So when I get a new challenge at work, I know I’ve done something like this before so I can just try”.

At, Eniola is enjoying the challenge of working with heavy datasets. “Most of the time, I have to wait a long time for my code to run,” he says. As is a healthcare company, Eniola is learning the importance of treating data and data privacy with care, an increasingly relevant skill that he has sharpened through continuous efforts.

Networking for the future

For Eniola, the best part of Zindi is the community and the opportunities for networking. He has met a lot of people through Zindi, including people who have helped him get data science work and internships.

“Through Zindi, I meet a lot of people, we get to talk a lot to each other about what we’re working on,” he says.

Aside from his work at, Eniola is putting some of his networking skills to good use in developing exciting apps with some fellow data scientists. LetMeSee is an app that allows the visually impaired to take pictures of any Naira currency note, and hear the value of that note. The app can even tell the user the sum of multiple notes in a photo.



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