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Cameroon Teen Is 1st African to Win Google Coding Challenge


A teenager in northwestern Cameroon has become the first African to win Google’s global youth coding challenge, despite an ongoing Internet blackout in his hometown.


Nji Patrick Gbah’s tailor shop in Bamenda is buzzing with business and pride. His son, Collins, was recently named one of 34 grand-prize winners in this year’s Google Code-In, a global challenge for young programmers.
カメルーンの都市バメンダで洋服店を営むニジパトリックガバの息子、コリンズは、若いプログラマーのための世界的な賞であるGoogle Code-Inで34人の大賞受賞者の1人に選ばれました。


He used to punish his son for “playing” on the computer.
彼はコンピュータで "遊んでいる"息子をよく叱っていました。


"I was feeling that he is just spending his time without doing house chores. At times, I used to seize my computer and lock it in the house and I tell him not to use it anymore because I was believing that he is just spending time on that computer for nothing," said the teen's father.


Nji Collins Gbah has won a trip to Google headquarters in California this June with the other top finishers.


The competition was open to students between the ages of 13 and 17. More than 1,300 young people from 62 countries participated this year.


"The only thing I want to say is focus on studies," Collins said. "Get to know more about the opportunities that are around you and go to sites which have real information about opportunities like this."
「僕はもっとたくさんのことを学びたいです。 みなさんも身近にあるこうした機会を大いに生かしてください。そして情報を集めるためにインターネットを駆使してください。」


But that may be hard at the moment for his fellow students in Bamenda. In mid-January, the Internet was cut to English-speaking parts of Cameroon, amid ongoing unrest.


Collins had to plead with his uncle for travel money so he could go to to(原文にある2つ目のtoは不要) Mbouda, a French-speaking town 30 kilometers away, to get online and compete. He had just a few days to complete 842 programming tasks.


Teachers and lawyers have been on strike in the English-speaking regions since November. They have been joined by activists calling for secession. Some demonstrations have turned violent and dozens of people have been arrested.


Officials say activists have been using social media to spread anti-government messages.


Cameroon's minister of post and telecommunication, Libom Li Likeng, told VOA there has to be a responsible use of technology. She says although social networks provide lots of opportunities, they have noticed that many people use them for unhealthy purposes.
カメルーンの郵政省大臣、Libom Li Likengは、VOAに責任あるテクノロジーを使うべきだと述べた。彼女は、「ソーシャルネットワークは多くの機会を提供している一方で、多くの国民は不純な目的で使っている」と述べました。


Last week, a U.N. rights expert called the Internet blackout in parts of Cameroon "an appalling violation" of freedom of expression.


Residents in affected areas say it is impacting the economy as money transfer services and ATM's are not working.