Oyinkansola Oduba


Atlanta, Georgia

Academic Interests

Computer Science & Languages

Fun Fact

I have never broken a bone.

Growing up in Nigeria, technology was never as advanced as we experience it here. Consequently, I never considered a career in Computer Science. However, after moving here, I became surrounded by the wonders of technology—from Promethean boards in classrooms to the newest iPhone in every hand. To me, this was a culture shock. It was unfair that so many people here had so much, yet took it for granted everyday. Therefore, during my freshman year of high school, when I had the opportunity to code for the first time, I was amazed. I never realized how much I could do with a computer. I wanted to explore the difference that I can make with a few clicks on a keyboard. I have been fortunate enough to have the Promethean boards in my classrooms. However, other children in Nigeria, and in other third world countries deserve that too. That is my goal. I want to be a part of the change, increasing access to STEM programs and opportunities for these students. I know that in these next few years, I will not only gain the skills to achieve this, but I will also be able to explore opportunities to make an impact in a meaningful way for other children from places that do not have the same opportunities as I do.

Aside from this, I would consider myself a very well-rounded student. I am not only interested in Computer Science, I also enjoy learning new languages and being immersed in different cultures. In fact, over the summer, I participated in an immersion program in France, in which I stayed with a host family, and explored French culture through architecture, art, and music. Thanks to my love of this language, I hope to major in Computer Science and minor in French. One of my goals for the next few years is figuring out how I can interweave these two interests to be able to facilitate social change, not just nationally, but globally as well.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

What I love most about Duke is the community, as well as its emphasis on diversity and inclusivity. Almost everyone you meet here values community and works hard to uplift the people around them. This is so special to me because it is rare to find a group of people like this anywhere else. I also love that Duke gives access to so many different opportunities that it is almost difficult to have nothing to do.

Oyin Oduba
Oyinkansola Oduba