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Eritrea: Kebhi – Online Bookstore

He is a very ambitious young man, and his time management is exemplary. Many of his friends and colleagues admire his creativity and his strong belief in teamwork, a quality that attracts people of all ages to work with him. His knowledge and his respect for his profession are visible in the software he creates, in particular his new project “Kebhi”.

Thank you for taking the time and accepting our request to interview you. Please introduce yourself to our readers.

My name is Filimon Tesfamariam. I was born in 1992 in Adi Keih and went to school there until CE2. But because of the border war with Ethiopia, my whole family had to move to Asmara. I continued my primary school in Adi-Segdo, and I did middle school in Hadnet and high school in Keih Bahri. I went to Sawa with high expectations to get high marks in the matriculation exam because students with high marks were given laptops and I dreamed of owning one. My dream came true when I got a 3.8. I received a laptop. When I joined the Mai Nefhi Institute of Technology, I chose to study computer engineering to satisfy my lingering desire to be a software programmer.

Was it your childhood dream to be a software programmer, and if so why?

Like most children, I wanted to be a doctor. Even though, as a student, I was not a laureate, I had a great interest in reading. My neighbors who always saw me reading for long hours called me the “child doctor”. In high school, I started watching Hollywood movies and video games. Visual effects and what I saw on screen fascinated me and that’s when I wanted to become a programmer. I knew how desktop computers work, but I didn’t have a laptop so I didn’t know how it worked. In fact, my first experience with a laptop was at the annual Expo festival. During a presentation, I saw a laptop connected to a projector, so I went fearlessly and started pressing random keys. It was fun for me but the presenter was annoyed. Anyway, during my freshman year, I took extra classes on how to fix electronic equipment and soon started fixing other students’ laptops and phones.

Right after graduating, in 2016, I was assigned to Eri-Tel, and with confidence, I entered laptop and phone repair in college, rented my own electronics store and I officially became a technician. Now that I’m so busy with programming, the store is run by my family, especially my younger brother who has become a good technician.

We have heard that you have created many application software; tell us about them?

Yeah, I’ve made a bunch of apps that I haven’t released yet. But I have others. When I was reassigned to the Ministry of Defense, I saw that their car data system was based on books and was very time consuming to research. It was especially confusing for newcomers. So to fix the inconvenience, I created a “car inventory app”, which contains the service registration date, license number, date and a number of repairs, which has improved navigation system. Encouraged by the results of this app, I created an inventory app for several businesses, especially supermarkets, children’s stores, hardware stores and kindergartens. At first, I was only doing desktop versions, but after realizing that the data was accessible via mobile phones, I am now finishing the development of the Android version of the inventory app.

Ever since your new website was featured on national television, it’s become the talk of the town. We are so interested to know about it?

First of all, I would like people to know that I didn’t develop it alone. My friends, Eng. Michael Berhe and Eng. Aman Desbele, are my partners. The site is called “Kebhi”. We created it when we noticed that our local authors don’t have the platform to sell their books to an international market unless they distribute them themselves, which is very exhausting and time consuming. We have done our best to adapt it to the framework of international standards for bookstores. But the author must first decide if he wants to sell the book or donate it. We simply provide space for readers to purchase books or read donated ones if they cannot afford books.

The internet is infested with hackers and hackers, so how do you plan to control this? And since money is at stake, how safe could your users feel?

It is a user-friendly website; users are required to create an account indicating whether they are buyers or readers of the given materials. People who wish to contribute articles are registered as authors and we have our own system to control the flow of information. Like any other bookstore on the Internet, we cannot guarantee 100% protection of the privacy rights of our users, but in order to bridge the gap, we enter into an agreement with a foreign company. We tested it locally and it worked but we still need to test it for the international market.

Thanks again for your time and we wish you the best of luck with your future projects!