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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Beni American University - Gossy Ukanwoke #inthespiritofenterprise

Today's show was a blast. Matilda shook the studio! Thanks to all those that were able to tune in and listen. If you didn't, watch out for when the recorded version is uploaded and we hope to have you listen in next week. Cheers guys!

P.S The zit is still there o! What do I do?!!

On to the business of today, #inthespiritofenterprise!

When people say there is no hope for the Nigerian youth bla bla bla, I laugh because everyday I meet exceptional young men and women pushing boundaries and making a difference. I know how tough it can be to choose this path, so I respect them. I have hope in Nigeria! We have great people. Gossy Ukanwoke is one of them. If you haven't heard of him, you are about to.


Tell us about yourself

My name is Gossy Ukanwoke, Founder of BAU Research and Development. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from the American University of Cyprus. I am passionate about Education.

Tell us about your business

BAU R&D is a higher education investment and research company with BAU Online, Beni American University and two other local institution under its portfolio of universities. We fund institutions, as well as carry out research work in the higher education sector on the African continent.

What was your Inspiration for this business?

The idea was inspired by my vision to transform how education was delivered to reach the last mile / under-served communities.

How did you get funding for the business?

I started the business mainly with funds from savings, family and friends donations.

How will you summarize the journey so far?

Inspiring and Enlightening. Every day presents an opportunity to innovate, create something new and try out solutions that can be helpful in the Nigerian Higher Education sector. There is still so much to be done and we are poised to continue on the journey with better commitment. 

What are the main challenges you have faced so far and how have you managed them?

One of the main challenges of the business has been adoption. Innovating and creating an entirely new industry is one that requires the patience to convince the populace that the future is here and that they should adopt it, most especially when it is in Education. We have done our best to deliver the quality we have promised our students from the get go, we have grown through referrals.

What is your long term vision for BAU?

We plan to grow our student base across our institutions till 10% of all students in universities and other higher educational institutions in the country attend a BAU R&D institution. We will continue to research, innovate and fund learning on the continent.

Given the chance will you do this again?

Yes, even earlier.

What advice will you give to budding entrepreneurs looking to launch. 

There is no Formula to success.(#gbam) Just do what you can do to achieve your own success. Start Now!! And do your best. There is no quick action in Entrepreneurship. Be Steadfast and Patient. Pray hard.

What we offer;

BAU Online offers professional and executive programs, delivered online and tailored to the African market. Affordable and Convenient to study and undertake the programs.

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Beni American University is a physical university still under construction and development.

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To learn more about BAU Research and Development, 

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