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Andela Fired 420 Worker's in Uganda, Nigeria And Kenya

About 420 junior software engineers have been fired by Andela, in the shift of focus, which the company’s co-founder Jeremy Johnson said will help it
“align with what the market needs.”

The workers were junior engineers working with Andela’s. 170 other people were “potentially impacted” in Kenya.

It was announced by the co-founder Jeremy Johnson that the program will be closing in Uganda, Nigeria, and  Kenya, “In addition, we will be letting go of approximately 250
Andela’s in Nigeria and Uganda, with an additional 170 potentially impacted in
Kenya, who we don’t believe we’ll be able to find meaningful work for over the
next year.”

The layoffs come as the startup released first-time earnings
figures indicating it will surpass $50 million in annual revenues for 2019.

Jeremy Johnson added that Andela had “partnered with innovation
hubs in each country (CcHUB in Nigeria, iHub in Kenya, and Innovation Village
in Uganda) to help connect the impacted developers with opportunities in their
local ecosystem.

Together, we have identified over 60 companies who are
looking to hire top quality junior engineering talent. In addition, these hubs
will offer impacted engineers the opportunity to use their co-working spaces
free of charge for the next three months.

The company launched the Power of X campaign aimed at upping
the recruitment of mid-level and senior engineers in May. It, however, did not
say it will be laying off junior engineers at the time.

At Andela, we expect our Software Engineers to gain the
skills, experiences, and networks that will enable them to become innovators and
tech leaders in Africa and we are excited to now open up our recruitment funnel
to diversify and enhance our talent pool, Omowale David-Ashiru, Country
Director, Andela Nigeria, said in May.

Founded in 2014, Andela has offices in New York and five
African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Egypt.


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