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Sim Shagaya:

Sim Shagaya founded ULesson, a tech and media tool that delivers high-quality, interactive, affordable and accessible education for learners. The platform covers both primary and secondary school curriculums. 

In August 2019, Sim Shagaya began serving as a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Executive Governor of Plateau, Samuel Lalong. Prior to founding uLesson, he founded and headed one of Nigeria’s biggest online retail stores; Konga.

Bosun Tijani:

Bosun Tijani is a co-founder and the CEO of Africa’s biggest tech hub Co-Creation Hub (CcHub).

CcHUB is Africa’s leading technology innovation centre dedicated to accelerating the application of social capital and technology for economic prosperity. In 2019, CCHub expanded its operations to East Africa after it acquired Kenya’s iHub. 

Bosun was responsible for prompting the visit of Mark Zuckerberg to CcHuB on his first-ever visit to Sub-Saharan Africa, to whom he pitched the concept of the i-HQ and secured the installation of fibre optic cables in the Yaba area, as well as long term investment and support from both the private sector and the government.  

Part of the CcHub’s initiatives is to work with entrepreneurs, technologists, civil society, government and private sector to identify and nurture novel solutions to pressing challenges in Africa.

Boye Oshinaga:

With a simultaneous passion for both tech and education, and a mind that questions the limitless potential of human intelligence, Boye Oshinaga decided to establish his own tech-driven education solution; Gradely. 

He stands as the co-founder and CEO of Gradely, an app that supports K-12 schools and educators in Africa to personalise learning for kids. 

Prior to founding Gradely, Boye had been involved in some big ventures including co-founding Riby, a fintech company that helps over 3 million Nigerians manage their finances more efficiently through cooperatives. 

He also founded Youngsoul, a platform that creates personalised learning platforms, interactive tests and animated tutorials for the Nigerian K-12 and post-secondary markets. In 2020, Gradely was recognised as one of the Top 50 edtech companies in Africa by HolonIQ Africa ED Tech 50.

Bola Lawal:

Bola Lawal is a Social Entrepreneur and the brains behind Scholar X, a social impact platform that focuses on democratising access to education for African youth, by connecting them with funding sources that enable them get quality education.

Scholar X can boast of ₦50 million worth of scholarships managed, ₦10 million in tuition raised and disbursed and is a trusted platform for financing education in Africa.

Femisola Awosika:

Femisola founded Roducate, an online learning platform that covers curriculums from the primary level to the tertiary level. 

Roducate has counselling opportunities for students, parents and teachers. It has the tools needed to simulate a real-life school experience including a proven tool for passing exams: scholarship opportunities, rewards provided for excellent performance in regular assignments.

The platform has over 5,000 lecture notes, 100,000 practice questions and over 5,000 podcasts and videos.

Chukwuwezam Obanor:

In 2014, Chukwuwezam Obanor decided to fuse his passion for technology and his need to contribute to the growing problem of illiteracy in Nigeria and the result was PrepClass.com. The goal of PrepClass is to connect over 15 million learners in Nigeria who need tutors to more than 5 million skilled individuals in the country who have the requisite skills and are either unemployed or underemployed. 

Since its inception, PrepClass boasts thousands of jobs generated for tutors, numbering around 100,000 tutoring hours and $400,000 worth of income for tutors on the platform. In 2017, PrepClass was selected for the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund. They were also awarded a $322,000 grant. 

Taiwo and Kehinde Ayanleye:

Taiwo and Kehinde Ayanleye are edtech purveyors who co-founded an education/job placement tech initiative; Stutern. Stutern is a platform that connects African millennials with technology skills and job placements, affording them long term employment. 

The goal of this initiative is to ease the employment process in the country. Having struggled to find jobs after their graduation, Taiwo and Kehinde decided to create a solution that would ensure that fresh graduates would not have to go through the same adversity as they did.

Stutern has supported over 1,500 businesses and created easy access to over 50,000 youths across the continent. In 2018, they were both listed as an Obama Foundation Leader: Africa and Stripe Global Entrepreneurship Fellow. 

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