This promise of safety, it seems, is becoming even more difficult to keep as reports continue to make the rounds about riders, especially women, being harassed in various forms, from unwelcome physical contact to intimidation, verbal abuse, endangerment and in extreme cases, physical harm.
For a long time, Uber has been said to have lagged behind in comparison to its biggest rival in Nigeria, Bolt, given that the latter has continued to expand beyond Lagos and Abuja to five other locations including Benin City.
Ride hailing company, Uber says regulatory concerns will now play a bigger role in its expansion plans across Africa. The company made this known during a recent townhall event held in Lagos, Nigeria.
The African startup ecosystem continues to attract a lot of venture capitalist attention. Yet the continent has not produced a lot of exits to justify. However, a recent trend in mergers and acquisitions (M&As) in different parts of Africa is changing things.
With Taxify’s marginal win in Techcabal’s survey and its expansion to other Nigerian cities, it may be heading for Uber’s ride-hailing crown soon.
Local entrepreneurs in Nigeria’s coal city hope to capture the online ride-hailing market before Uber and Taxify notice. Assuming the market exists.