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Achievements of a Nigerian Youth: Kolawole Olajide

Kolawole Olajide is a successful young entrepreneur and the founder of Clock a platform that crafts unique learning experiences for forward thinking institutions.

He had his primary and secondary school education in Nigeria, He then moved to South Africa in 2009 to study Information system engineering with
Computer–telephone integration (CTI) Education group where he finished as a top student with distinction.

 In 2010, he met some graduates of Cape Town University and they came together to start his project called ‘Funda’ which means “to learn” in Zulu. Funda is an online learning management system that brings together necessary educational system to make the lives of teachers, students and parents a bit easier.

The system has been successful and has spread through major universities in South Africa signing multi-million rands deals with the institution.

In 2011, Kolawole was selected as a finalist in the ‘Anzisha Prize’, a youth entrepreneurship competition that celebrates youngest entrepreneurs in Africa.

 In 2012, Funda won the United Nation award for ‘Best Technology Innovation’ in Education at the UN Youth Summit. It was also a runner-up in the SAB Foundation’s Annual Social Innovation Awards that same year where he received 500,000 rands .

He has also been selected as one of the 13 entrepreneurs under the age of 22 by the African Leadership Academy and has been named by Mail and Guardian as one of its top 200 business professionals.

 In 2015, Kolawole founded Clock, which produces online learning tools for what it calls the learning environment of the future and emphasizes on the use of data analytic by educational institutions to drive decisions in the learning environment.

Clock has also partnered with Microsoft, Google and African Leadership University and other large organizations to design and implement comprehensive digital learning solutions. Clock Academy is being used in 50 schools and 14 companies and has trained about 1,200 learners and 3000 staffs.

 Kolawole is also the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Bridge Labs, a platform dedicated to developing technology solutions for businesses/companies.

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