Obanor Chukwuwezam is a 24year old Nigerian, with a passion for building businesses. He studied Electrical Electronics Engineering at the University of Lagos in 2012 and worked as a Google Africa Intern and a senior online marketing specialist at Rocket Internet’s Jumia Nigeria, where he gained relevant skills needed to leverage on the internet to create profitable ventures.
Chukwuwezam hails from an educationalist background, his family has run a group of schools for over 25 years. He started Prepclass in 2013, with his co-founder Ogunlana Olumide. Prepclass started as a testprep platform that prepares students for local tests and exams, they evolved to also recruiting tutors to assist students with areas of difficulties and training them to acquire various skills.
Currently Prepclass employs over 230 tutors in Lagos and has grown from their 2 man-sized home office to a 15 man team situated in Yaba, the heart of Lagos city. Chukwuwezam is a strategy games enthusiast with a passion for people and an insatiable zest for experimenting with viable ideas and building profitable businesses. He has strong beliefs that the presence of good education system and sufficient job opportunities are crucial ingredients needed to lift any society to prosperity. Prepclass touches on these two key aspects by providing tutoring jobs to the best tutors who are then assigned to people who need their services. His goal is to grow Prepclass into the biggest education brand across Africa by 2020 and build even bigger companies across Africa
PrepClass is an online portal for students preparing for standardized tests in Nigeria such as the JAMB, WAEC, GCE, or NECO. Students pay to take practice tests that prepare them for an online or paper tests and receive personalized feedback to improve for test day. PrepClass is tackling the national problem of under-performance among students. While the current platform presents one facet of their approach, the overall picture is to create a robust system that is available to student both online and offline and readily provides them with past question materials (as well as other concise resources that could easily boost their performance), detailed answers to these questions, analyses of student’s performance, helps them identify weak points and helps them focus and improve on those points of weakness. To be as available as possible, PrepClass has partnered with more than 1,000 cybercafes across Nigeria to give students places with the necessary resources to use the platform. The online exam preparation startup shot to international recognition in 2014 when it emerged winner of TechCabal Battlefield $20,000 pitch competition. Fast Company has also featured the startup as one of the most innovative companies coming out of Africa.