Andela, formerly Fora, is on a mission to train Nigeria’s best talent. But since training takes a while, they are also going to surface the ones they can.

Together with INITS, Delivery Science and the Co-Creation Hub, they are looking for koders. Naija ninjas who have the ginja. Nigerian developers who believe they have what it takes will this October get the opportunity to show their stuff at “Koded”, a three-day codefest and compete for cool prizes.

Koders? Ginja? Ninjas? Well, not my words, theirs. Like with startup pirates, the organisers seem to be trying for a distinct brand with informal lexicon that replaces Cs with Ks and employs words like “koko”, “ginja” and “juju”.

I don’t want to deprive them, or you, the distinct flavour of the announcement, so I have posted it here as is.


Are you an awesome koder? Do you cry tears of blood because you code so hard? Can you work with a team? Do you have the ginja? Do you have the koding juju?

Nigeria has awesome programmers. We know it. You know it. Now it’s time to show the world.

Assemble a team and kode using any platform or language you prefer. The best team project wins. Go big or go small,
but go cool most of all.

Naija koding legends will be judges and mentors. We are flying in a few other legends from around the world,
so we’ll have a couple oyinbo, but they’ll be cool.

Do you have the mettle to carry the honor of Naija to the championship? Do you believe we can win? Then apply now.

A limited number of teams will be chosen.

Prizes include:

  • 4 New Retina Macbook Pros
  • 4 HTC Ones
  • A Skype meeting with Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes

Team sizes must be four programmers. Don’t have enough? No worries, hook up with other applicants at and apply together.


Koded will run from the 24th through the 26th of October, and will be hosted at the Co-Creation Hub in Yaba, Lagos.

Bankole Oluwafemi Author

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