Mark Essien Steps Down as HNG Internship CEO, Seyi Fade Appointed

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He assured that the change in CEO will not affect the operations of the program but experimentation will be reduced as the program will adopt best practices from earlier programs.

The HNG Internship, a program that provides free internship to Africans who are interested in coding, has appointed Seyi Fade as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment follows the decision of Mark Essien to step down.

Seyi Fade, incoming CEO

The appointment was revealed by Mark Essien on his official Twitter page. He, however, said that he will still be involved in the HNG Internship process and retains his designation as ‘co-founder’.

His replacement, Seyi Fade, is a python and JavaScript developer. As the new CEO, Fade will now run the operations of the Internship. He is expected to improve the internship’s culture of stability and support for trainees.

HNG internship is a 3-month remote program that recruits and trains the most talented software developers across Africa. The internship is free for everyone.

The internship program makes use of weekly tasks along with an education system that combines technology with a system of learning to mentor interns. The intern coders are introduced to complex programming frameworks and get to work on real-world software.

According to Essien, the vision of HNG Internship remains the same. He reaffirmed their goal to “massively accelerate Nigerians and Africans becoming software developers”.

He assured that the change in CEO will not affect the operations of the program but experimentations will be reduced as the program will adopt best practices from earlier programs.

HNG Internship has recorded its fair share of success stories. Their post-internship path ensures that successful interns are connected to the best companies in the tech ecosystem, where they get jobs almost immediately.

HNG Internship class of ’17

The latest program HNG 6.0 pre-internship is now open for interested Africans. With the appointment of a new CEO, the Internship could be the answer to many Africans who dream to make a living from coding.


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