Andela is a global software development academy with a pursuit to provide companies with access to the top 1% of global tech talent.
The institution also has a base in Africa (Kenya and Nigeria) where they help identify high-potential developers on the African continent, shape them into world-class technical leaders, and pair them with companies as full-time, distributed team members.
It seems to me like Andela is okay with just the ‘best of the best’ – the 1 percent.
They call that 1-percent talent, a set of untapped, world-class talent.
For the sakes of no argument we are aware that Africa has suffered a lot of mismanagement of resources, heigthened insecurity and intolerance for the rule of law. Unfortunately, this issues have encourage a breed of lazy chumps who just apply to Government-related jobs or who simply run to their rich Uncles or Aunties to get an unfair ‘pass through the door’.
This continuous acts have encouraged our smart and willing youths to stop being innovative, exploring and systematic in the way they tackle societal ills.
Fortunately, we don’t need much to make things work out well in Africa. We just need the 1-percent that can see ahead.
The men and women who against all odds of the local terrain continue to ‘crack’ ideas and use their wits to establish reasonable solutions for true development.
In no particular order, I will quote names: IrokoTV, House of Tara, Ibukun Awosika, Poju Oyemade, Terra Kulture, Capital Square, Hotels.ng, WakaNow, Rele gallery, Mavin Records, ToLet.com.ng, LEAP Africa, Anakle, Oxygen Academy, Ejiro Amos-Tafiri, Deola Sagoe, Leke Alder, Co-Creation Hub (CCHub), Red Media, Wecyclers, Omatek, Eden Lifestyle, Paga, GTBank, etc.
The list is endless. A list showing you a set of Nigerians doing world class things despite all the local terrain odds. They all defied the realities before them and pursue wild dreams in the most pragmatic way possible, and now they are what a great generation of global innovators look upto.
I choose to be part of these 1 -percent, hence why I write via Purplly and I set up HouseHelp.Ng (a house chores service company) to help bring structure and sanity to existing areas in the country that has been neglected for too long.
We do not need a Saviour, but we need the top 1-percent of our smart populace to make things work by working (we definitely can’t have lazy people or ‘excuse-me-sir’ people on board).
…And we’ll live purplly ever after.