Meet Moyinoluwa Adeyemi, Inventor of First Android Watch Face That Tells Time in Native Language

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Meet Moyinoluwa Adeyemi, Inventor of First Android Watch Face That Tells Time in Native Language

Moyinsoluwa Adeyemi

When Joseph Conrad described Africa as the Heart of Darkness, he must have had no inkling of the coming of persons like Moyinoluwa Adeyemi who constantly shine rays of hope and give Afro-centric narratives of underdevelopment a kick in the teeth.

According to her Instagram profile, Moyinoluwa is an “innately curious adventurer” who loves “changing the world, one line of code at a time.” She is however not one to make a claim on social media while adopting an entirely different lifestyle. Moyinoluwa is a young, innovative software engineer who is always on her mettle. Through information and technology, she has been stirring the sea of creativity to make positive waves in the world around her.

In the month of July, 2016, she created the first watch face for Android wears that tells the time in Yoruba language, also likely the first ever indigenous watch face on the Google Play Store. After the release, the app gained wide publicity and acceptance, even among non-Africans. And then in August, she released another version of the app (Yoruba Watch Faces v2.0) which is compatible with all Android Phones. Her works have been featured on several blogs and online media.

A satisfied user, Charles Odili, trying out the Yoruba Watch Face

Moyinoluwa is a graduate of Computer Science from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. In February 2016, she also graduated from the Udacity Android Developer Nanodegree Programme where she learnt the present-day ins and outs of Android Development out of her zeal to constantly improve. In the same month, she was declared by YNaija as one of the 100 greatest contributors to the Nigerian Technology Space. Presently, she works as a Software Programme Engineer at Swifta System and is a Co-Organizer at Google Develpers Group.

Even during her undergraduate years, the glistering future of Moyin was already laid out in 3D. At the time, she won several awards including the first runner-up prize at the National Software Competition and the 2nd AITI/Google Mobile Apps Competition. Moyinoluwa has contributed to the development of a good number of applications such as Molebi, Imageing, Tour9ja and Kawe, which won the second prize at Google ILO.

Before her graduation too, she worked as an intern at the Webometrics Unit of the university. She joined a team of 14 who upgraded the university from the 6th to 1st position in Nigeria under the Webometrics ranking of universities.

She has equally had the opportunity to speak at both local and international events where she addressed the audience on the technicalities of Git, Material Design, Firebase, Android Development and the management of university-based Google Developer Groups (GDGs).

Moyin enjoys giving back to the society especially by assisting young girls through the knowledge and mastery of programming.

'Kunle Adebajo
'Kunle Adebajo
Adekunle Adebajo is a graduate of law from the University of Ibadan. He is an award-winning poet, essayist and public speaker. He considers himself a logophile and grey supremacist, and is the co-author of The Road Before the Fourth Estate. You may reach out to him at [email protected]

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