Since January 2020 when SafeBoda started operations in Nigeria, it has made with over 3 million rides made by over 10,000 riders and over 100,000 passengers.
SafeBoda has paused operations in Nairobi, Kenya, effective from November 27, 2020. But is COVID-19 solely responsible for Safeboda pausing operations in Kenya as the company claims? What does SafeBoda's operational moratorium mean for bike-hailing startups in Africa?
The Gokada lay-off was imminent, whether or not Lagos State Government banned bikes.
The Lagos State Government has said the reason Gokada, Oride, MAXOkada and other bike-hailing startups are affected by the ban on tricycles and bikes is because they are part of the problem
The Lagos State Government has announced the ban of tricycles (AKA "Keke NAPEP" or "Maruwa") and motorbikes (AKA Okada), including ORide, Gokada and MAXOkada. But by the book, there is a wiggle room for bike-hailing startups to negotiate the sanction.
Kayode Adegbola ends six months stint at Gokada to start his own venture, Golborne Road Advisory.