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Outsourcing to Nigeria: Top 5 Reasons To Hire Nigerian Developers

Sep 17, 2021
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Outsourcing to Nigeria: Top 5 Reasons To Hire Nigerian Developers

European and American companies are at the forefront of technological advancements in the world. Thus, these companies seek for platforms to outsource company tasks to software engineers and developers. If you’re looking for coding talent, then maybe it’s time to outsource to Nigerians.

In this article, we explain why you should hire Nigerian developers for your company and leave you with tips as to where to find them. Keep reading to learn more! 

Before we dive in, let’s address some reasons why we think foreign companies do not hire Nigerian developers.

I. The question of technical know-how

Nigeria and many African countries are not on the frontlines of software development globally. So, you and your company may fear whether there are skilled software developers. Well, with the rapid growth of technological advancements and the rise in the number of software developers, be rest assured that there are skilled developers in Nigeria. 

II. The question of English Proficiency

Can Nigerian Developers speak, read and write in good English? This is a popular cause of concern for foreign tech companies. Well, Nigerian developers do have a good command of the English language. As you’ll see shortly, English proficiency is nothing to worry about. 

Now that you know that your company has nothing to fear or lose in outsourcing to Nigerian developers, let’s see why you should outsource to them.

The Top 5 Reasons to Outsource to Nigerian Developers

1. Nigeria has a large tech talent pool

Tech talent outsourcing firm, Tunga, in a report titled “African Software Developers: Best Countries for Sourcing in 2021” describes Nigeria as an emerging powerhouse for foreign companies outsourcing software development to people. It is estimated that 690,000 software developers are present in Africa. The talent pool in Nigeria ranks third in the list with 114,536 developers. 

2. Rapid technological growth in Nigeria 

The contribution of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of Nigeria also affirms that programming indeed is on the rise. In 2021, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics recorded that the ICT sector contributed even more (17.83%) than the oil and gas sector of the economy. 

What this means is that opportunities in software companies abound. Thus, it’d be truthful to state that some foreign companies are already outsourcing to Nigerians while tapping into the talent pool. Why leave your company out then? 

3. Nigeria has the highest number of tech hubs

GSMA, Global System for Mobile Communications has consistently mapped out the tech hubs that are present in Africa. Today, there are over 600 tech hubs in Africa. As a matter of fact, Nigeria recorded the highest number of tech hubs with the number 86 by mid-year 2020. The increasing number of tech hubs also means that software developers are increasing.

Outsourcing your software developing jobs to Nigerian developers would serve as a benefit to your company because you’re assured that they have the requisite knowledge and experience. 

4. Nigerians speak good English

English proficiency is crucial whenever you’re outsourcing jobs for software development. Since communication will take place in this language, foreign companies will only be eager to outsource to people that can speak, read, and write in the English language. 

Nigerians speak good English. Most developers go through their undergraduate studies in tertiary institutions where teaching and assessment are conducted solely in the English language. Thus, when these developers begin work, their mastery of the English language is honed.  

Also, the English Proficiency Index ranks Nigeria as having moderate English proficiency. However, remember that the index applies to the whole country and a segment of the population, software developers, have a higher level of proficiency than an average Nigerian citizen. Be rest assured that communicating in the English language is nothing to worry about.  

5. Popular software languages are in abundance in Nigeria

Tunga reports that the software languages are in abundance in Nigeria. Nigerian developers have knowledge of programming languages like Python, JavaScript, C++, PHP and Java. No matter the tasks you’ll like to accomplish, be assured that there are Nigerian developers who are able to get it done. 


Outsourcing to Nigerians provides numerous opportunities for your company. Technology has made it easier such that you don’t even have to conduct physical recruitment processes. What’s more? Decagon trains  DecaDevs who are trained to be knowledgeable and  skilled in a wide range of stacks. Thus, they are fit for international roles. Are you ready to outsource? then Think Nigeria, and think Decagon

As a technical recruiter, the process of finding and vetting exceptional software engineers can be time consuming and costly. You can save time and recruiting cost by hiring exceptional and vetted engineers; the top 0.5% of global talent who are already building for leading companies worldwide. Start Hiring now 


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