Andela among winners of 2016 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence

Andela, a US-based company that identifies high-potential software developers in Africa, has been named among the winners of the 2016 Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE).

Since 1999, The Secretary of State has awarded the ACE in recognition of U.S. companies representing American values in their business practices worldwide.

Each of these companies is contributing to the growth and sustainable development of the local economies in which they work.

The 2016 edition of the award had four categories with Andela claiming the “Award for Corporate Excellence in Small or Medium Enterprise”

Founded by Aboyeji E Iyinoluwa in 2014, Andela’s trained software engineers provide software development and information technology services for global companies.

Andela pays its developers above-market wages and provides accommodation, meals, and healthcare.

The company has amassed over 250 developers across its Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya headquarters and placed over 100 developers with company partners this year alone. ‎‎

Andela, alongside the other winners – five in number – will receive its award at the annual ACE ceremony on January 5, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. EST at the State Department. The event will be globally streamed online at

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