There were 89,000 professional technology developers in Nigeria at the end of 2021, up 6% from 2020 levels, as the Africa start-up scene continues to boom.
This makes Nigeria the country with the third largest tech ecosystem in Africa, behind South Africa with 121,000 professional developers and Egypt with 89,000.
The startup scene in Africa is accelerating at a rapid pace, according to Google’s 2021 Africa Developer Ecosystem report.
Statista’s Anna Fleck reports that African startups raised more than $4.3 billion in 2021 from local and international investors with fintech making up for over half of investments. That’s two and a half times the year before.
This growth is unequally distributed across the continent, with the four countries with the most software developers raising the most. In fact, 81 percent of venture capital funding in Africa went to Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya.
Tech jobs are looking increasingly appealing, as pay increased by nine percent for a mid-level developer and by eleven percent for senior developers.
The majority of African developers are men (85%), with the average local developer seven years younger than their global counterpart and having up to three years of experience.
African developers have strong programming experience in both web and mobile. One in two developers builds apps for Android.