Motorcycle-hailing startup, Gokada, appears to have laid off most of its staff

News reaching Techpoint suggests that Lagos-based motorcycle-hailing startup, Gokada, has laid off most of its staff.

Launched in January 2018, the startup was founded by Fahim Saleh to solve Nigeria’s largest city traffic problems.  Since then, Gokada has gone on to raise a total of $5.6 million from two rounds and claims to have completed more than a million rides. However, amidst the fundraising and fanfare, there has always been a cloud of bad blood and uncertainty.

A year and a few months later after launch, it was reported that Deji Oduntan stepped down from his CEO role as co-founder Fahim Saleh took over. At the time, there were allegations of mismanagement and misconduct at the startup which Saleh denied during an interview with Techpoint.

In August 2019, three months after raising $5.3 million series A and announcing Ayodeji Adewunmi as co-CEO, Saleh revealed plans via a Medium post to suspend all Gokada operations for two weeks. This was due to the unpleasant experience he encountered when trying to use the motorcycle-hailing service some days…

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