Welcome to Wednesday.

It’s not every day that you find a black tech expert who ditched his job to become a comedian in Japan. That’s pretty much Ike Nwala’s life in a nutshell. He’s a Nigerian-American self-taught programmer, raised near Seattle.  In an interview with Vice, Nwala recalls working in computer engineering at Goldman Sachs, learning Japanese and watching comedy DVDs.

Now he’s a Tokyo celebrity. Nwala says he’s using comedy to change the stereotypical narrative about black people and his tech background helps him to do just that.

“If I ever stopped doing comedy here and went back, I’d probably just get back into tech,” he says. “I’m not funny in English.”

You never know where your transferable skills will take you.



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