Sim Shagaya, the entrepreneur behind uLesson Education Limited, has a rich and diverse entrepreneurial journey that has shaped both online education and e-commerce in Africa.
While many know Sim Shagaya as the Founder and CEO of uLesson, his path to success includes a series of ventures that have significantly contributed to the region’s digital growth.
Before his work with uLesson, Sim Shagaya embarked on several entrepreneurial ventures, demonstrating his resilience and determination. Notably, he founded Alarena, Jobclan, Gbogbo, and iNollyWood, although these ventures did not achieve the desired success.
Undeterred, Shagaya’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish DealDey in March 2011, with support from the billboard company he owned. Subsequently, in July 2012, he founded Konga.com, an online marketplace aiming to bridge the gap between traditional retailers and the burgeoning online consumer market.
Prior to his foray into entrepreneurship, Shagaya worked in the banking sector in South Africa under Rand Merchant Bank. His expertise and passion for technology eventually led him to Google, where he served as the head for Africa, playing a key role in the company’s entry into sub-Saharan Africa. Following his stint at Google, he founded E-Motion, a leading out-of-home advertising company with a significant presence in Nigerian cities.
In 2020, Sim Shagaya embarked on his most life-changing venture yet: uLesson Education Limited, which has impacted millions of youth in the continent. Recognizing the potential of digital education in Africa, uLesson is an innovative educational platform aimed at empowering African learners. Through this platform, Shagaya and his team have created digital education products that redefine learning experiences. The platform asserts impressive statistics, with over 10.6 million lessons watched, 3.6 million questions attempted, 810,000+ live lessons attended, and 3.5 million app downloads.
Sim Shagaya’s zeal for education goes far beyond uLesson. He recently founded Miva Open University, where he serves as the Chancellor. This institution, established in May 2023, is focused on providing accessible and high-quality education to learners in Nigeria and beyond.
Recognitions and Accolades
Shagaya’s exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial achievements have attained global recognition. He has received numerous awards, including the CNBC/All Africa Business Leaders Award in West Africa in 2013 and the Leadership CEO of the Year Award in 2014. Additionally, Forbes recognized him as one of “The 10 Most Powerful Men In Africa 2014,” highlighting his significant impact on the continent’s business landscape.
Sim Shagaya is making a huge impact in the online commerce and education sector in Africa, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs. His legacy will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the continent’s economic thrive.