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International Women’s Day: Andela hosts maiden Women in Tech Summit in Lagos

Top Nigerian women technologists call for more investment in tomorrow’s leaders

The maiden event held at EPIC Tower in Lagos, Saturday, March 10th 2018 furthered reinforces Andela’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem.

The conference, themed ‘Investing in Tomorrow’s Leaders’, had over 100 women in tech and business in attendance.

The event also featured lively discussion and debate with Andela’s female executives, senior technologists, and developers.

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Since launching in 2014, Andela has played an instrumental role in paving the way for women in the tech industry through its commitment to attracting and developing female talent. The company’s various initiatives include multiple all-female recruitment cycles as well as building safe and empowering communities for women in tech, such as and .

Taiwo Judah Ajayi, Director of People at Andela, says: “A lack of a strong, cohesive culture is holding the tech industry back from building more female leaders and executives, which is why the leading women in tech need to start the discussions and ask how we, as women in tech, can inspire other women to be future leaders.”

“The aim of the Women in Tech Summit is to celebrate how far women have come in the tech ecosystem and to connect women in tech - both leaders and aspirants. And what better time to do this than on the week of International Women’s Day? The women interested in pursuing a career in tech are many, but the mentors and investors are few. Now is the time to have an open discussion on how we can stop our future leaders from slipping through the cracks. Today, we are building the biggest platform yet for women technologists and calling for more people to invest in tomorrow’s leaders.”

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It is estimated that Andela had received about 75,000 applicants and accepted over 600 software developers, of which 26% are female (compared to the global average of 7%).

The company aims to make the Women in Tech Summit an annual landmark event in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Last Thursday, March 8, 2018, women across the entire continent celebrated the existence of womanhood with the theme #Pressforprogress.

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