Meet Gossy Ukanwoke, at age 23, the young entrepreneur founded Beni American University (BAU), Nigeria’s first private online university. Launched in late 2012, the school allows students to access their classes at any time of the day with any internet-enabled device. “There was a need for a new institution to be created in Nigeria,” adds Ukanwoke, who was once described by Forbes as “Nigeria’s Mark Zuckerberg.” Now, some 18 months into his new business endeavor, Ukanwoke has hired 10 instructors and has about 200 students, with an average age of 26. But the startup’s journey so far has not been without challenges. Nigerian laws require universities to have a physical campus so last year Ukanwoke went and bought land in the country’s Benue State with the goal to build a private campus that could accommodate some 10,000 students The project is expected to launch next year. “I grew up within the framework where education was put at a very high level of importance, and entrepreneurship is something that I always wanted to do,” he says: Read more here.
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