Godwin Benson wins Africa Prize

Godwin Benson, Co-founder and CEO of Nigerian edutech startup, Tuteria, has won the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for 2016.

Benson won £25,000 at the awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya on May 23, 2017. He emerged winner among four finalists who made presentations before the Africa Prize judges and a live audience that voted.

Tuteria is an online platform based in Nigeria connecting tutors or professionals to students and  people who want to learn skills or languages.

According to a statement from the organizers, the Africa Prize is driven by the motive to develop local solutions to challenges in communities. Sixteen people shortlisted from eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa received training and mentoring, for six months, with the opportunity to learn different aspects of running a business.

Africa Prize lead judge emphasized Tuteria would generate impact which would go a long way to affect lives positively in the continent. “Godwin Benson’s Tuteria invention changes the way Nigerians – and Africans – share knowledge and skills with one another, says Brinded .

“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. “His engineering innovation is not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking about education.”

Three runners-up who also won £10,000 each are Andre Nel, Hindu Nabulumba and Kelvin Gacheru.

Nel from South Africa won an award for the GreenTower Microgrid System, which reduces the energy used to heat water by 90%. A single unit can service 15 homes and reduce electricity demand from a community by 65%.

Nabulumba, from Uganda, for the Yaaka Digital Learning Network, which teachers and students can use to share academic knowledge and materials.

Gacheru from Kenya for the Mobi-Water system, which allows water tank users to monitor and control the water in their tanks remotely, using a mobile phone. Users will be able to save more than 30% of their water.

Source: www.raeng.org.uk

(READ ALSO: Tuteria: the Edutech startup set to take over Africa)

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    a graduate of Linguistics and a staff writer at Outrepreneurs, Deji's forte includes tech, startups and innovations. Years back, Deji wrote on Entertainment and Lifestyle for a tabloid. If he wasn't a writer, Deji would be a photographer or teacher.


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