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Black in Business: This Nigerian entrepreneur raised $3.1m for his new uLesson edtech startup

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Black in Business: This Nigerian entrepreneur raised $3.1m for his new uLesson edtech startup
Nigerian entrepreneur and business mogul, Sim Shagaya, led by TLcom Capital has raised a $3.1 million for his new startup, uLesson, an app to help African students be the very best they can be.
The venture seeks to engage African students in a manner that is culturally relevant, and responds to the syllabi in their respective countries specifically serving African needs across board.
Founded in 2019 by Shagaya and headquartered in Lagos with a production studio in Jos, uLesson plans to go to market in February 2020 in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia.
The app incorporates mobile platforms, SD cards, culture-specific curriculum and a network of teachers to bridge educational gaps for secondary school students in Nigeria and Africa.

In a press statement, Shagaya said: “Education systems across Africa are in crisis and uLesson has been developed to radically shake-up the system and bring better access to high-quality curriculum-relevant educational content to learners across the continent. As our population grows extremely rapidly, the current public and private approach to education investment is chasing a goal that is moving further away. We want to lower the entry point for access to education for young Africans, and technology is the only way this challenge will be met.”
“We have this massive gap…We’re adding more babies in this country nominally than all of Western Europe…Even if the Nigerian government was super-efficient, it couldn’t catch up with the educational needs of the young people that are coming up,” Shagaya added.

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