27-Year-Old Nigerian Wins 12.3 Million Naira For Tutoring App
Call it hard work, talent or just a smile from Lady Luck and you could be right.
A 27-year-old Nigerian, Godwin Benson has won 25,000 Pounds, about 12.3 million Naira for developing a computer application that links students with qualified tutors within their budget.
The sum was what accompained an engineering award given to him by UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering.
According to the BBC, Benson, a system engineer, beat 16 participants with his tutoring app called Tuteria, to clinch the prize money.
At the awards ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 May 2017, the four finalists delivered presentations, before Africa Prize judges and a live audience voted for the most promising engineering innovation.
Benson said he developed the platform based on the experiences he had as a tutor.
An important part of the service is that both students and teachers are thoroughly vetted before being allowed to use the platform.
The scope of skills on offer ranges from learning to play the piano, sewing clothes, learning a new language and more. Tutors also cover a range of academic subjects for all ages.
The platform has a ratings system, and students book lessons using an upfront online payment system. Tutors are paid once the lessons have been confirmed, and Tuteria takes 15 to 30% commission for each paid lesson.
The head judge of the competition Malcolm Brinded said that Tuteria could change the lives of people eager to learn:
“We’re proud to have him as our third Africa Prize winner, and we trust Tuteria will go on to change the lives of millions of people who are eager to learn and develop new skills,” Brinded said.
Mr Benson told the BBC Focus on Africa radio programme that he always knew he had a great project
“It is something that solves the problem of access to quality, personalised learning and helps people earn income from sharing their knowledge,” he said.
He said he plans to use the prize money to widen Tuteria’s offering “even beyond Nigeria.” And to include online classes and video courses as well.