Gossy Ukanwoke voted AFRYDEF’s 2014 Man of the Year!

Gossy Ukanwoke, CEO, Beni American University

Woowww… the search for our 2014 Person of the Year is over!

Ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of the Trustees, staff and members of African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF), i am pleased to present to you, GOSSY UKANWOKE, our 2014 Man of the Year!

Gossy Ukanwoke in brief…

Gossy is a 25 year old successful entrepreneur and social innovator from Abia State, Nigeria. Currently, he is the President and Founder of the Beni American University, the first online private university in Africa.

Mr. Gossy Ukanwoke was profiled on CNN African Startups and dubbed “Nigeria’s budding Mark Zuckerberg” by Forbes. According to Mr. Gossy, he wants to transform how education is provided and make it readily available for people who otherwise might not have access or the resources for higher education.

Prior to BAU Research and Development, he founded Students Circle Network, an academic network for students, teachers and institutions that brings over 10,000 academic resources from over 200 universities and shares it free for students and teachers. The success of SCN had led to Gossy being referred to as “Africa’s Top Tech Entrepreneur” by ITNews Africa in 2011.

He has spoken at international conferences on Education, Technology and Entrepreneurship. In April 2014, he sat on the Entrepreneurship and Education panel at the Special Session of the African Union Commission on Labour, Youth and Women Employment at Windhoek, Namibia.  He presented a keynote at the 20th Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja and was invited to speak at the Harvard Africa Business Conference in February 2014. He has been a guest speaker at the Girne American University, PhD series seminars.

Gossy has also written a series of opinion articles for international media channels such as The Guardian UK on Education, Technology, Higher Education Internationalization and Social Learning in Emerging Markets .

He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.Sc in Management Information Systems from Girne American University.

Following his emergence as our 2014 Man of the Year, Gossy Ukanwoke is hereby appointed as AFRYDEF International Ambassador.

We celebrate his giant strides in entrepreneurship and hope other youths will emulate him and strive towards social innovation instead of waiting for white collars jobs that do not exist anywhere any more…

We wish Gossy well in all his future endeavors and reign as our International Ambassador!


Hon. Remy Chukwunyere,




African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) is a not-for-profit development organization established in Nigeria in 1999 to mobilize resources and to promote and support sustainable youth empowerment and rural development initiatives in Africa. Our Mission is to cost-effectively empower young people; women and children choose a better future for themselves through facilitating sustainable youth and rural development initiatives. In AFRYDEF, we envision a society where children, youths and women are viewed as assets and resources, and thus encouraged to develop their full potentials. For more information, please, visit www.inspireyouths.org or call +234 (0) 803 870 2075 or email: afrydef@yahoo.com
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