ONCE AGAIN, NIGERIA HITS IT HARD AT THE INTERNATIONAL TECH SPACE. GODWIN BENSON'S TUTERIA HAS BEAT OFF 16 OTHER COMPETITORS AND WON HOME A PRESTIGIOUS TECH AWARD.
Sure everyone knows that when it comes to tech in Africa, Nigeria leads the pack. With a lively tech ecosystem, Nigerian tech has gone beyond its borders and even far away from its continent into the West. Last year, we saw impressive series of amazing feats from Nigeria, from the listing of Nigerian tech startups on Ycombinator to the unexpected visit of the founder of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg; a Visit to experience firsthand the buzzing ecosystem.
Godwin Benson, the designer of the Nigerian tutoring app, Tuteria has once again brought extra international attention to the country’s vibrant tech space. With Tuteria, Godiwn has won the 2017 UK's Royal Academy of Engineering. An award designed to reward exceptional innovations in sub-Saharan Africa. Beating out 16 participants, Ben came out tops with his app and won himself a whooping sum of £25,000 ($32,000). The Tuteria app connects qualified tutors to students who need them in their area; covering academics, skills, crafts and lots more.
The story behind Ben’s app makes it clear why the Nigerian tech space might stay active through the coming decade. According to him, the Tutoria app was designed following an experience he had as a growing boy, the 27 year old recalled how tough it was for his parents to find qualified private tutors for his complementary lessons. Recognizing the gap between qualified teachers and students, he took up the challenge to bridge that gap with technology. Nigeria, a country burdened with lots of challenges from poor power to challenges in Education, Health, Waste management and lots more is today looking up to local tech. Following global trends, technology has emerged as a savior across many fields and this is why regions with more problems tend to generate more solutions.
Ben’s story reflects how local innovation is saving Africa and how these innovations are projecting the content to a global competitive scape.