This week on our #IdeaslaneMCM feature, we’ll be celebrating an individual who is tackling one of the numerous problems of education in Nigeria, ensuring that parents looking to make school choices for their kids are able to make informed decisions through technology.
Jide Ayegbusi is the founder of Edusko Africa, a start-up business that connects parents and students with good and affordable private schools across Africa. The organisation also assists parents in making informed choices on their wards’ education ranging from elementary to tertiary institutions.
Lack of adequate information in the country’s educational sector for parents inspired Jide to establish Edusko in 2015.
Jide started his business in 2015 with his personal savings and today, the platform has listed over 3,000 private schools across the country, mainly primary & secondary schools and some tertiary institutions.
Edusko Africa has a presence in over 30 states in Nigeria and over 10 regions in Ghana. They have plans to make over 20,000 private schools in Nigeria easily accessible before 2020.
In addition to the Edusko online platform, every year, Edusko Africa organizes one of the largest education events in Nigeria, The Business of Education. The Business of Education is an education submit where business and thought leaders, educators, education entrepreneurs and policy makers come together to proffer workable solutions to some of the pressing needs in the education sector.
This year, the event is slated for October 2018. You can be part of the free event by clicking here.
When asked about his advice to other entrepreneurs, Jide said that entrepreneurship is not about starting a business and making a profit but about solving problems.
He said every entrepreneur should always think of solutions to problems they have identified in their society and work with a quality team to achieve objectives.
“Entrepreneurship, for me, is not just about starting a business and making money, it’s about problem-solving. Opportunities for business success abound where there are many problems to be solved like we have in Africa.
“Think of a solution to one of these problems that are worth solving and solve it. I also think that business success depends on the quality of the team building it. So it’s advisable to find individuals who share your passion and have necessary skills to help you fill the gaps,” Jide said.
We couldn’t have started the week on a better note. We hope you are motivated by Jide’s story.
Do have a productive week ahead.