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YAY! Nigeria’s Godwin Benson of Tuteria Wins Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation



Godwin Benson, the founder of Tuteria, an online platform that links students to qualified tutors in their area and within their budget, has won the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Benson won the £25,000 cash prize at the awards ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya on 23 May 2017.

The four finalists delivered presentations, before Africa Prize judges and a live audience voted for the most promising engineering innovation.

Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation winner, Godwin Benson from Nigeria, is congratulated by judges Sheena Raikundalia, Rebecca Enonchong and Moses Musaazi

Benson developed the platform based on the experiences he had as a young tutor. An important part of the service is that both students and teachers are thoroughly vetted before being allowed to use the platform.

The scope of skills on offer ranges from learning to play the piano, sew clothes, learn a new language and more. Tutors also cover a range of academic subjects for all ages.

The platform has a ratings system, and students book lessons using an upfront online payment system. Tutors are paid once the lessons have been confirmed, and Tuteria takes 15 to 30% commission for each paid lesson.

Sixteen shortlisted Africa Prize entrants, from eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa received six months training and mentoring during which they learned to develop business plans and market their innovations. The group received coaching on communicating effectively, focusing on customers and approaching investors with confidence.

“Godwin Benson’s Tuteria invention changes the way Nigerians – and Africans – share knowledge and skills with one another. We’re proud to have him as our third Africa Prize winner, and we trust Tuteria will go on to change the lives of millions of people who are eager to learn and develop new skills. His engineering innovation is not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking about education. Benson has successfully incorporated the training of the past six months into his project, and we are eager to watch Tuteria grow on the continent,” said Moses Musaazi, Africa Prize judge from Uganda.

Godwin Benson

The Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, encourages talented sub-Saharan African engineers, from all disciplines, to develop local solutions to challenges in their communities. The Prize selects a shortlist of innovators from across the continent and provides training and mentoring to help turn engineers with incredible ideas into successful entrepreneurs.

The three runners up, who won £10,000 each are:

  • Andre Nel from South Africa for the GreenTower Microgrid system, which reduces the energy used to heat water by 90%. A single unit can service 15 homes and reduce electricity demand from a community by 65%.
  • Hindu Nabulumba from Uganda for the Yaaka Digital Learning Network, which teachers and students can use to share academic knowledge and materials.
  • Kelvin Gacheru from Kenya for the Mobi-Water system, which allows water tank users to monitor and control the water in their tanks remotely using a mobile phone. Users will be able to save more than 30% of their water.

“I am so humbled and grateful to the Academy for the training and support. It’s such a vote of confidence to be chosen out of 16 incredible businesses. We will do the Africa Prize proud!” Benson said.

Africa Prize judge Rebecca Enonchong said: “Education is one of the best investments we can make in our communities, and Godwin’s innovation has amazing potential for the continent. We urge him to keep persevering. We can’t wait to see how Tuteria grows.”

The fourth Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation is now open. Individuals and small teams living and working in sub-Saharan Africa, and who have an engineering innovation, are invited to enter. Potential entrants can find more information here. The deadline for entries is 24 July 2017.

Photo Credit: Royal Academy of Engineering


  1. Bennie

    May 25, 2017 at 12:02 pm


  2. ekalor

    May 25, 2017 at 12:13 pm


  3. 'Diddie

    May 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    wow…congratulations to him!

  4. Van

    May 25, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    So, instead the African elite funding this award, the Brits are doing it? The lack of ambition is breathtaking.

  5. kkay

    May 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Congrats Godwin Benson!

    Telecoms giants, multinational brands in Nigeria here comes a potential brand ambassador for endorsement. It’s not just some music artistes with unwholesome lyrics.
    Nigerian children need to be inspired by brand a ambassador like Godwin Benson.

  6. madman

    May 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Congratulations. But how practical is this idea?

    • JD

      May 26, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Shut up Madman. This is how people like you discourage bright ideas.

  7. kkay

    May 25, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Oh!, and you can tag it “”GODWIN WINS” ?
    Or “WIN WITH GODWIN” Tuteria.

  8. Oma

    May 25, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations Godwin! See our busstop! Lemme start looking out for him, maybe he lives nearby….. ?!

  9. Godwin Benson

    May 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Thank you so much BellaNaija for covering this story, and several others in the past. This is a win, not just for me or Tuteria, but for Nigeria as this is the first time a Nigerian has won the prestigious award.

    My hope is that this will inspire many more Nigerian youths to become entrepreneurial in our approach to solving problems in Nigeria.

    Also, for those who have ideas or innovative projects, please consider applying for the next cohort. Wouldn’t it be nice for Nigerian to win next year as well?

    • Tosin

      May 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      🙂 🙂

  10. Tolu

    May 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    @ OMA He is a very married man
    Congratulations Papa B

  11. Sadebabe

    May 31, 2017 at 5:35 am

    Congratulations Godwin.

  12. Caleb

    May 31, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    congratulations man!!!

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