Day­dream­ing, data and Düs­sel­dorf

Cameroo­nian Cather­ine Njiki, aka Katie Marple, ex­cels in IT and in­die mu­sic

The Africa Report - - DAY IN THE LIFE - By DAMI AJAYI

I hate the train sys­tem in Ger­many. It’s a mess com­pared to the rest of the coun­try, which is pretty or­gan­ised. Ger­many is noth­ing like where I come from: Cameroon. I left Cameroon seven years ago to go to school in Ger­many. My par­ents chose this coun­try be­cause I had cousins and rel­a­tives who were al­ready here. If I’d had a choice of my own, I’d have cho­sen Amer­ica.

I learnt Ger­man at the Goethe-in­sti­tut Yaoundé be­fore leav­ing. I speak French and English too. My friends say I’m good with lan­guages. I’m also good with com­put­ers.

I be­gin my day around 6am when I get ready to go to classes or to the li­brary to read. On the days I don’t go to school, I work in Düs­sel­dorf, a 20-minute train ride from Wup­per­tal, where I live. I’m doing my post-grad­u­ate stud­ies in soft­ware en­gi­neer­ing at univer­sity in Wup­per­tal. It’s self-spon­sored, so this is why I work.

My work and stud­ies are sim­i­lar in that both in­volve data­bases. In my spare time, I also work on cre­at­ing ap­pli­ca­tions that solve prob­lems for women. My lat­est pet project is a vir­tual wardrobe with an in­ven­tory of owned clothes and ac­ces­sories, to help women plan what to wear in ad­vance and save time de­lays of try­ing out different clothes.

In­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy isn’t my only love and pas­time; I sing and day­dream too. I’m nur­tur­ing a mu­sic ca­reer as an in­die mu­si­cian. I al­ways find time for mu­sic even though I’m al­ways busy. I lis­ten to mu­sic on the train. My cur­rent playlist has Cardi B’s In­va­sion of Pri­vacy and An­neMarie’s Speak Your Mind.

Liv­ing my best life

My stage name’s Katie Marple. Short for Cather­ine, and my favourite de­tec­tive char­ac­ter cre­ated by the Bri­tish crime nov­el­ist Agatha Christie, Miss Marple. It hasn’t been easy jug­gling the lives of work­ing, mak­ing mu­sic and study­ing, but I’m thank­ful that I’m here in Ger­many, liv­ing out my best life. Be­ing an in­die mu­si­cian is also like sprout­ing out of con­crete but I’ve had some vic­to­ries. My name is now known on the Ger­man mu­sic scene. I’m yet to re­lease a body of work, but I’ve put out a clutch of singles and the re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing. I’m putting fin­ish­ing touches on to my ex­tended play al­bum.some­times on my com­mute to work, I press my face against the train win­dow and day­dream of stand­ing be­hind the stage at my con­cert at the Madi­son Square Gar­den, a cho­rus of fans chant­ing my name with glee and wild anticipati­on. Then the train in­spec­tor nudges and asks to see my ticket or stu­dent pass.

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