Godwin Benson never dreamed he’d one day thank a man for what amounted to stealing. After he tutored a student in several math lessons, the student’s father didn’t make good on a payment both had agreed to — and despite Benson’s best efforts at following up, he’d never see a cent. But it set his mind in motion to develop something far bigger: Tuteria, an online platform that connects students with educators, coaches and mentors for in-person lessons ranging from piano to public speaking to test prep in his hometown of Lagos. One of the best parts: Tuteria handles all payments in a safe, reliable fashion.
Three years in, Benson has seen some big numbers: 12,000 qualified tutors (after vetting 22,000) and 5,000 students. He has a staff of 20, with plans to offer group lessons and to expand into Ghana and Kenya.
Seeing the numbers grow makes the math teacher in him smile. But even more rewarding is the impact he has seen not just in Tuteria’s students — most of whom come from middle- and upper-income families — but in its tutors. He told Access about one of Tuteria’s star tutors, who struggled to find a new teaching job after losing his old one because of cutbacks at a local school. “Having access to a whole new group of students changed his life,” Benson says. “He was once again able to provide
for his family and do what he loves.”