Olaide Ojewale (Mattwal)


I'm a Nigerian Software Engineer whose focus is on the backend with Ruby on Rails being the most used piece of my toolkit. On the side, I work with Python and a bit further back, Javascript. I had worked with PHP at the very beginning of my professional career.

I love to work, learn and think about things like optimization, security, reliability, availability, speed, architecture, and most importantly delivering solutions to problems that customers are willing to pay for.

I like building and using products that have a way of retaining customers. I'm the kind of guy that's more interested in bounce rate and the number of returning users, rather than first time users - which is also valuable.

My interests include data, startups, investing, blockchain, product management among others.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. Post university, I started out my professional career freelancing and then working as an on-site web developer. After that, I've been working as a remote software engineer since 2015.

Currently, I'm crafting state-of-the-art software as a backend engineer @ Getro

Previously, I was @ Andela where I helped partners like Khushi Baby, Bark, and Chargeback solve real world problems for their users. Before Andela, I was a PHP web developer @ Xown Solutions.

When I'm not working (officially), I spend time contributing to Open Source, some of which are: Coda Docs gem, Zhishi and Disease Info. I take some time to mentor people. I also enjoy participating in volunteer workshops/sessions, helping people develop. Sometimes, I share my thoughts via articles.

I think extraordinary humans come in many shapes and forms. For me, being an extraordinary person means investment in learning, interest in business, passion for music, enjoyment of soccer, an inclination to jokes and smile, and love for Jesus.

My core values? They are SLICK!

  • Support: I choose collaboration over competition.
  • Loyalty: I am committed, I take ownership and stay true to my convictions.
  • Integrity: I earn people’s trust and never attempt to trash it, whether someone is looking or not.
  • Consistency: I regularly do the things I find valuable, so they can become natural to me.
  • Kindness: I am empathetic and I show it to those concerned.

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