Andela is a company that scouts for smart Nigerians with a talent for tech, trains them and places them to work for international companies like Microsoft, while still based in Nigeria.
Andela is based New York and Lagos, where the recruits are trained. Many, like Johnson Ejezieove who is pictured here, move away from their hometowns for a chance to work for a global behemoth like Microsoft.
Students are paid what the company calls a Nigerian upper middle class wage while they are training, but they first have to go through a four-stage grueling selection process.
The program is highly competitive, enrolling 1% of the applicants. Since Andela launched last year, 15,000 people have applied.
The earn while you learn system resembles an apprenticeship, and part of the reason Andela recruits from Nigeria is that, being Africa's most populous country, it has a wide pool of talent.