Our #BellaNaijaMCM feature this week is celebrating a teacher who’s impacting his students in his own way and making Nigeria proud in the global stage.
Soji Megbowon is a mathematics and computer science teacher at Jakande Comprehensive Senior College, Lagos and is the founder of Calculus EDUaids and Teenpreneurs HUB.
Although he had poor primary school education, Soji made sure that didn’t stop him from seeking learning. He continued to study, focusing on computing and mathematics and thereafter, majored in educational development and technology.
In 2012, Soji visited his nephew in Abule Egba, Lagos, only to find out that the same experience he had over 25 years ago – no computers, no resources – was still current. He
The Bachelors degree holder (Mathematics) from University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom made up his mind to do something immediately, and in 2013 quit his job as a data analyst to focus on providing pupils in rural primary and secondary schools with access to computer skills.
Founded in 2015, Calculus EDUaids is a social enterprise focused on research, design, and distribution of curriculum-based learning aids/instructional materials to schools across all subjects helping to simplify the learning process.
Calculus EDUaids has produced series of “letters and digits” board games that teach literacy and numeracy, and is also involved in the delivery of audio-visual learning aids across schools in Nigeria.
In 2017, Soji and his team founded the Teenpreneurs HUB, “a leadership incubation, STEM education, Coding and Entrepreneurship hub that trains and empower teenagers and young adults between the ages of 9-25 from rural communities with skills to help them become solution provider and innovators.”
Soji was one of the entrepreneurs selected in the 2016 cohort of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP).
In 2017, Soji was one of the local trainers selected for AFRICA CODE week to train over 500 teachers in Ondo State. He has also received the Lagos State Education District commendation, the Creative and Innovative Teacher award, and a commendation from Nigeria’s vice president.
In 2018, he was one of the 40 finalists for Varkey Foundation‘s Global Teacher Prize.
We celebrate Soji for devoting his life to building the future of Nigeria, and we are rooting for him.