Sim Shagaya is a renowned Nigerian entrepreneur, business mogul, and investor. He is popularly known as founder of one of West Africa’s largest eCommerce websites, Konga. He is the current founder and CEO of uLesson Education the regions fastest growing education technology platform.
Sim studied in the Nigerian Military School. Upon completion of the Nigerian Military School, Sim moved to the United States where he got a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University and a Master of Science degree at the Dartmouth College. Sim also holds an MBA certificate from
the Harvard Business School. In the early days, Sim worked as a banker with the South African Rand Merchant
Bank, from where he moved on to work as Google’s Head for Africa. Prior to the establishment of uLesson, Sim was remarkable for setting up businesses that addressed several consumer needs. In 2005, he founded E-Motion, a Lagos based out of home advertising brand.
Then he went on to found DealDey in 2011 and then Konga in 2013. Konga became known as one of the biggest e-commerce businesses in West Africa. Sim Shagaya founded uLesson in 2019 and in the same year, he raised a $3.1
million seed round led by TL Com Capital. The uLesson app which officially launched into the African market in March 2020 is a learning platform targeting secondary school students in Africa, Europe and North America. With a head office in Jos, uLesson is an education technology business whose mission is to deliver high- quality affordable, and accessible education to all Africans. The app hosts thousands of education video lessons delivered by subject experts, with digital animation and illustrations explaining key concepts.
As a result of his remarkable entrepreneurial achievements, Sim Shagaya has received a few awards and accolades over the years. In 2013, Sim was named the Entrepreneur of the Year at the CNBC/All Africa Business Leaders Awards in West Africa. In 2014, he was named Leadership CEO at the Leadership Conference/Awards. He was also listed among the 10 Most Powerful Men in Africa by Forbes in 2014.