By British Council Nigeria

10 December 2019 - 12:57

Winner of the prestigious British Council Alumni Awards 2017 in Nigeria, and founder of a solar-powered project that is currently revolutionising learning outcomes in Nigerian schools.

Anas Yazid Balarabe holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London, and was a recipient of the 2017 British Council UK Alumni Awards for Entrepreneurship.

BC Alumni Awards are presented to Nigerians who have studied in the UK and have distinguished themselves in a particular field of practice.

His achievements are many. His startup, Certis, which focused on the design and development of educational technology has evolved into Yoda, a solar-powered project that is currently revolutionising learning outcomes in Nigerian schools. 

It was in 2015 that Certis launched its flagship proprietary educational technology product, Yoda. Yoda is an affordable, low power, portable wireless-input-computer-projector, the first of its kind. Certis currently has a patent accepted for Yoda with the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment.

“I aspire to be one of the top business leaders in Nigeria who makes good quality education accessible to children in low-income communities,” he says.

He also holds a Certificate in New Ventures Leadership from Massachusetts Institute of Technology Boston and a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the University of Maiduguri, where he graduated as the Overall Best Engineering Student. 

He currently teaches and conducts research on waste to energy systems at Bayero University Kano Nigeria.  He has also co-founded a non-profit organization AISAD that helps build capacity in young aspiring entrepreneurs, through seminars, conferences, workshops and awareness campaigns.

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