Founder of Nigeriaâ€™s first private online university, Beni American University, will be featured on CNNâ€™s â€˜African Start-Upâ€™ series, which highlights Africa’s SME entrepreneurs.
Gossy Ukanwoke has been called Nigeriaâ€™s Mark Zuckerburg. Like the Facebook founder, Ukanwoke started a social networking site when he was in school, and that sparked another big idea to create Nigeria’s first private online university. Now the 25-year-old is in business with ten instructors and about two hundred students, as well as a long list of challenges he still needs to get through. Itâ€™s an ambitious journey filled with risks and rewards.
In the feature with â€˜African Start-Upâ€™ this week, Ukanwoke, said he was motivated by the response and audience he received when he created a social network called â€˜Student Circleâ€™ which sparked his big idea to create Nigeria’s first private online university.
Ukanwoke tells â€˜African Start-Upâ€™: “Higher education is needed for the development of Africa; the Beni American University is referred to as American because we are building on an American curriculum and semesters. Basically, I think in global terms, not just Africa or Nigeria and my intentions are to develop a global standard university that promotes proper education.â€
The continuous advances in technology have helped encourage the introduction of different platforms of education, but Nigeria still requires schools to have a physical campus and thatâ€™s why Ukanwonke is making plans to build physical structures for B.A.U.
â€œHopefully very soon we are going to see buildings and streetlights on this land with students and teachers going about their activities,â€ continues Ukanwonke.
Beni American University presently offers courses in Journalism, Corporate Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. “We still have a long way to go, we have a lot of work to do, a lot of policy wrangling too, but it’s a work in progress and we are quite happy with where we are,â€ concludes Ukanwoke.