Mark Zuckerberg is investing in Nigerian software developers

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI), a foundation founded by Zuckerberg (Facebook) and his wife Priscilla Chan, is investing millions in Andela, the Lagos-based company that trains and deploys software developers.

With the investment, Zuckerberg is betting on Africa as the next source of technological talent. Andela, founded by Iyinoluwa Aboyeji and Jeremy Johnson, offers an ultra-selective software developer program; in the past two years, Andela has only accepted the top 0.7% of the more than 40,000 applications it has received.

Quartz reports that when a developer is accepted into Andela, he or she is relocated to the company’s offices in Lagos or Nairobi, and is trained in a specific technology stack. After six months, participants are then placed with tech company clients, which have included Microsoft, IBM, the Muse, and Udacity. With this investment, Andela plans to open an office in a third African country before the end of the year.

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