Eritrea: Kebhi – Online Bookshop



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

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

My name is Filimon Tesfamariam. I was born in 1992 to Adi Keih and I went 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 of getting high marks on the graduation exam because students with good grades 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 persistent desire to be a software programmer.

Was it your childhood dream to be a software programmer, and if that was 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 “kid doctor”. In high school, I started watching Hollywood movies and video games. The visual effects and what I saw on the screen fascinated me and that’s when I wanted to be a programmer. I was familiar with how desktops 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 fearlessly walked over to it and started pressing random keys. It was fun for me but the presenter was annoyed. Anyway, in my freshman year, I took extra courses in repairing electronic equipment and quickly started repairing other student’s laptops and phones.

Right after graduation, in 2016, I was assigned to Eri-Tel, and with confidence, I built in college repairing laptops and phones, hired my own electronic store and officially became a technician. Now that I am 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 a lot of application software; tell us about it?

Yes, I created a bunch of apps that I haven’t published yet. But there are others that I have. When I was reassigned to the Department of Defense, I saw that their car data system was book-based and research was taking a long time. It was especially confusing for newcomers. So, to remedy this inconvenience, I created an “auto inventory app”, which has the service registration date, license number, date and number of repairs, which improved the system. navigation. Encouraged by the results of this app, I created an inventory app for several businesses including supermarkets, kids’ stores, hardware stores, and kindergartens. At first I was only doing computer versions, but after realizing that the data is accessible through cellphones, I am now finishing the development of the Android version of the inventory app.

Since your new website was featured on national television, it has become the talk of the town. Are we so interested in finding out?

First of all, I would like people to know that I did not develop it on my own. My friends, ing. Michael Berhe and ing. 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 takes a lot of time. time. We have done our best to make it fit into the framework of international standards for bookstores. But the author must first decide whether he wants to sell the book or donate it. We are simply providing space for readers to buy books or read donated books if they cannot afford books.

The internet is infested with hacking and hacking, so how do you plan to control this? And with the money at stake, how secure can 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 private rights of our users, but in order to close the gap, we enter into an agreement with a foreign company. We tested it locally and it worked but we still have to test it for the international market.

Thank you again for your time and we wish you good luck in your future endeavors!



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