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[U.S]–Andela, a company and community of software developers based in Nigeria and Kenya has bagged the US Secretary of State Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE),  in Small and Medium Scale Enterprise.

The award, which was established in 1999, in order to recognize companies representing American values in their business practices worldwide, has its 2016 edition divided into four categories: Hiring Practices, Small or Medium Enterprise, Sustainable Oceans Management, and Transparent Operations.

While presenting the ACE in SME to Andela in Lagos, the US ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington said the company, which recruits and trains software developers and connects them with employers globally, was not only in business for the money but also for change in human lives.

“Of all businesses in the world today, there are businesses doing their best, not just to make money, but to change lives. They are generating employment and transforming lives,” Symington said

“In the small and medium size category last year, the global winner of the secretary of state award for corporate excellence was you guys. For all of you here, I know this is your success as head of operations, people and culture and everybody else.

“This is Andela’s day and let me say congratulations; global victory, Nigeria’s number one, Andela Nigeria. The enterprise, the innovation, the spirit of Nigeria, the learning, the connecting, means that the world ahead of  Nigeria is an extraordinary one.”

The Head of Operations, at Andela Nigeria, Seni Sulyman, while receiving the award, said none of the successes recorded “will be possible without the hardworking team at Andela”.

Other winners in other categories are General Electric (Saudi Arabia), McDonald’s Deutschland (Germany), Bureo (Chile), Interface (Philippines) and Sociedad Minera Cerro Verde S.A.A. (Peru).

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