Nigeria’s ‘Mark Zuckerburg’, Gossy Ukanwoke Featured On CNN African Start-Up For Nigeria’s First Online University

Gossy Ukanwoke, founder of Nigeria’s first private online university – Beni American University – has been called Nigeria’s Mark Zuckerburg because he – like the Facebook founder -started a social networking site called ‘Student Circle’ when he was in school. The response and audience he received in that venture sparked another big idea to create Nigeria’s first private online university and now, the 25-year-old is in business with ten instructors and about two hundred students.


While being featured on CNN Africa Start-Up, Ukanwoke says: “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.”

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&#39s a work in progress and we are quite happy with where we are,” concludes Ukanwoke.

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