Safe Boda, a motorcycle ride-hailing app, founded in Uganda in 2015, took Kenya by storm when they made their debut in 2017 further expanding to Nigeria in 2019.
Organising a very wide yet widely unmanageable form of transport in Africa(boda bodas). By allowing you to connect to a nearby trained rider through their application with over 1 million downloads on the app store.Safe Boda also provided food and parcel delivery services.
They faced various challenges but cited the tough economic shift brought by COVID-19 as their main. Social distancing was made more difficult with the use of motorcycles. Several restrictions including the curfew hours in Kenya made operations less frequent. The services remain open in Uganda and Nigeria.
A statement was released via their official Twitter account
SafeBoda has made a very difficult decision to pause Rides & Send services from the 27th of November 2020. While Nairobi is seeing some economic recovery from Covid-19, Boda transportation has been hit hard. This has meant our business cannot sustainably operate in this environment and unfortunately, the timeline for a full recovery is not certain.
This decision is a hard one for SafeBoda to make. We know that this will negatively impact our community of Boda Boda drivers. Our community is at the core of what we do at SafeBoda In Nairobi, we set out to professionalize and improve the Boda industry, building a community of over 4,000 SafeBodas that followed road safety rules, helmet wearing and gave great customer service. Over the past two years, our customers enjoyed the SafeBoda service and completed millions of rides in Nairobi.
From now until the 27th of November we will be promoting our SafeBoda drivers and this will be a chance for customers to use their remaining wallet balances to take rides or send packages.
SafeBoda will continue to grow in Uganda and Nigeria and will continue to be dedicated to empowering its communities to thrive.
The Nduthi Gang
Below is the official tweet from SafeBoda