Bolt appoints new country manager for Nigeria
ON-demand transportation platform, Bolt formerly known as Taxify, has appointed Femi Akinlaguda as the Country Manager for its operations in Nigeria.
The firm said Akinladuga had served in various capacities at Bolt over the last three years, most recently as City Manager for Lagos where he engineered the introduction of an identity verification portal and a first-of-its-kind safety feature for drivers and riders in the country.
It added that Akinlaguda had been selected to drive the company’s operations and expansion moves across Nigeria.
Bolt’s Regional Manager for West Africa, Uche Okafor, said as a company deeply committed to raising transformational leaders, the firm was excited to have Akinlaguda run operations and lead the Nigerian team to execute a global vision of transforming urban mobility and empowering thousands of young people within the local ecosystem.
He said, “We are thrilled about what this means for our business as we continue to rapidly scale and widen the scope of our operations in Nigeria.
“At Bolt, we will continue to find innovative ways to make our platform thrive whilst empowering our people to champion new roles and frontiers. We are also committed to rewarding excellence and diligence. This is the reason we are elated to appoint Akin-laguda as his performance on previous roles had been stellar.”
According to Okafor, Bolt is one of the fastest-growing transportation platforms in Europe and Africa with more than 30 million passengers and operations in 35 countries.
He stated that in 2019, Bolt extended its coverage in Nigeria, setting up new six cities and increasing its reach to 11 states in the country.
He added that prior to joining Bolt, Akin-laguda had worked in insurance brokering, utilities, engineering, national security and technology.
“He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from the University of Ghana,” Okafor said.
Speaking on his appointment, Akin-laguda said he was excited about Bolt’s future in Nigeria.
“I can’t wait to take on this challenge in leading the drive to deliver value for all our customers,” he said.
He said he would also ensure that Bolt achieved its mission of making urban transportation more convenient and affordable for Nigerians.