As Andela Continues to Layoff Workers, Here Are 4 Platforms that Help Outsource Developer Talents


Tech talents have continued to be churned out from Nigeria, thanks to startups like Andela, who invested a lot in training and outsourcing Nigerian developers to international companies.

But recent developments have seen the startup shift its strategy from being a combination of tech training and outsourcing to more of outsourcing. Over the last couple of months, the startup laid off over 400 of its junior and mid-level developers following difficulties in placing them as the market shifts towards senior developers.

So what happens to these junior/entry-level guys? Here are some platforms trying to fill in that gap.


Founded in 2019 by Sam Immanuel, SemiColon is one startup picking up from where Andela left and training the next generation of African software engineers. The startup wants to turn the vibrant youth population in Nigeria into an army of technologists – software developers, enterprise architects and project managers, creating solutions.

Through an intensive 12-month programme, the startup trains Nigerians in core marketable IT-skills. The training is broken into a path of 4 – which sees natives (Semicolon students) go through several pieces of training in design and design thinking, software engineering and development training, enterprise architecture and team management.

Upon completion, students are attached to companies for an internship. The payment process is also in 3 parts – full on payment (which costs about ₦2.3 million), paying in instalments over 12 months and paying back after landing a job.

PS: The startup has applications open for its next cohort here.


Founded in 2018 by Nigerian entrepreneur, Chika Nwobi, Decagon is another startup in the business of training and outsourcing tech talents. Decagon brings together talents from across Nigeria and gives them a place on its software engineering training programme.

Similar to the Andela Fellowship Programme, the startup runs for six months and includes accommodation, food, a laptop, and a monthly stipend of about N40,000. After training, students are outsourced to companies in need of their talent and expected to pay back N3 million over a period of 3 years.

The startup has undergone four cohorts of training and has achieved 100% placement record for the first 2 cohorts. These placements are in companies across Africa including Interswitch, Access Bank, Seamfix, Kobo360, and Terragon.


The newest kid on the block, WeJapa is basically an app that is developed to help techies find lucrative jobs abroad. This is one perk that saw many developers turn to Andela.

WeJapa offers an opportunity for Software Developers/Engineers, Designers, Product Managers, Data Scientists/Analysts, or any tech-related professionals to gain access to job opportunities across Africa, Europe And North America.

Could Skill Outsourcing Startup, Wejapa Succeed Where Andela is Struggling?

The startup matches techies with both remote and on-site jobs. And in just about 2 weeks of launch, the startup says it has successfully placed about 13 people in jobs (Full time, remote & On-site) which comes with several perks.


CodeLn is another automated tech recruitment platform that makes it easy for companies around the world to hire African tech talents for their projects.

Founded in 2018 by Elohor Thomas, Philisiah Mwaluma, Dennis Nduta, and Dexter Ouattara, the startup sources, screens and interviews developers and connects them to companies globally in need of their services. The startup currently has a database of 8,000 software engineers from across 12 African countries 

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