Female Power

THERE IS NOTHING THE AFRICAN WOMAN CANNOT ACHIEVE

Is it just me or are women beginning to delve into every facet of the economy. So I took a trip to a couple of countries in Africa this season just to spot a few trends and live amongst my brothers and sisters across the continent before heading on back to Nigeria. On getting back, I was stunned. The trend I am about to reveal has been subtle as women were practically creeping in but right now I think they are taking the bull by the horn and taking over.

There’s been a large influx of women into the transportation sector in Nigeria. Now the major modes of transportation across Nigeria are buses and tricycles. Ladies have taken up the task of driving and conducting these automobiles. Before now, it was seemingly a masculine thing but now the hardworking African woman has shown that there’s nothing too difficult for her to handle.

Source: Pexels

Source: Pexels

The reasons for this influx are due to the need to generate income as many of these women are the bread winners of their homes, also the share zeal to show that they too are strong enough and other reasons that are unknown to me.

What’s this all about?

Well, it goes to show that Nigeria is a firm believer in the women inclusive policy, that all the feminist movement around the world is gaining recognition everywhere, and also shows that there’s no telling what the African woman can achieve if she puts her mind to it.

Operation Velvet Underway; No Soft Touch Here

THE LAGOS STATE POLICE HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE EXTRA MEASURES TO RESTORE SANITY TO LAGOS ROADS

Source: Unsplash

Source: Unsplash

I’m just sitting in front of my keyboard and laughing; wonders shall never end in Nigeria. Lagosians are no longer driving their cars and they have quickly opted to ride the bus or patronize Uber and Taxify. No one wants to risk spending useful man hours sitting behind a police counter. Little wonder why the roads were so free when I was driving to work today. Normally I’d spend at least 120 minutes on the road to get to my office, no thanks to the heavy traffic every morning but today it took me 23 minutes, you can imagine how excited I was. It was smooth sailing all the way and here is why.

Source: Premium Times NG

Source: Premium Times NG

So the police in conjunction with agencies such as Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) have enforced an Operation Restore Sanity to Lagos Roads a.k.a. Operation Velvet in a view to tackle the perennial gridlock in the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos state. They have realized that a large number of motorists in the Lagos do not obey traffic rules and do not have the basic requirements to ply the roads and as such they have chosen to dealing commuters a hard card.

Starting today, if you are pulled over and found without requirements such as valid driver’s license, your vehicle documents, fire extinguisher, jack, wheel spanner and caution sign, among others, you will be arraigned before mobile courts which have been set up around the city for this purpose, and you stand the risk of having your vehicle impounded or worst case scenario, you’ll be arrested.

A lot of people have come forth to say that although this is a good initiative but it is ill-timed as they should have given motorists time to ensure that all requirements are in order and they added that it is a plot from the state government to garner money for the yuletide.

What do you TINK?

Drivers Wanted or Not?

UBER AND TOYOTA ENTER HUGE PARTNERSHIP TO DISRUPT THE AUTOMOTIVE AND TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY.

Source: Ledger Law

Source: Ledger Law

Apparently the future we thought was years ahead is here now. All those futuristic features we saw in cartoons and movies have become our present hour reality and those who can’t evolve or adapt to the times will be rendered irrelevant. Some days ago, a friend of mine walked up to me telling me that he wanted to learn some form of handiwork and I told him that was a remarkable thought but he said something that caught my attention, he said he didn’t want to learn something that in a few years to come technology will take over and his expertise will now be irrelevant.

Now that brings us to this, Uber and Toyota have entered a partnership to adopt the company’s driverless cars into its system. This venture would see Toyota –the largest car manufacturing company in the world –invest $500 million dollars into Uber, and this would increase Uber’s value to about $72 billion dollars. This is sincerely astonishing, I remember watching the 1993 blockbuster, Demolition Man which starred Sylvester Stallone and Wesley Snipes and thought to myself, I want one of those driverless cars.

Source: Livermint

Source: Livermint

But what does this innovation mean to the African economy?

First it will reduce the number of people who work as drivers in Africa. Therefore it will increase unemployment; however it will increase employment for those who are technically savvy as it would require some level of technical support. Although it still beckons the question, can I trust some algorithm and a few technical mumbo jumbos to get me to my destination safely? Plus, do you think such initiative would succeed in Africa? Uber and Toyota have both recorded tremendous success in this part of the world and this initiative if successful would change the automotive and transport system as we know it.

So, drivers wanted or not? I’ll leave the answer to this question to you.

Source: Pakistan Today

Source: Pakistan Today

RIDE WITHOUT FUEL

SHOULD MELLOWCABS FIND ITS WAY INTO NIGERIA, MANY WOULD BE GLAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO KEKE NAPEPS. ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT WE ARE ON ABOUT? IT'S MELLOW CABS.

Mellowcab via keywordsking.com

Mellowcab via keywordsking.com

A South African startup, manufacturing three-wheeled vehicles for intra-urban transportation named Mellowcabs listed Nigeria as a major launch target in 2014. As old a news as this is, we haven’t stopped being both hopeful and excited at the possibilities this would bring to Nigeria’s struggling transport system. The company which was started by a South African Entrepreneur, Neil Du Preez in 2014. The vehicle is cute and interesting to look at; safer, eco-friendly, noiseless and efficient in short intra-city transportation. Through the years, the vehicle has undergone testing upon testing and is ready for pubic and commercial use. Though there was an initial plan of making a debut in the streets of South Africa in 2016, the cabs haven’t began operations yet. The designer and manufacturer highlighted Nigeria, Kenya and USA as major target for the sleek cabs.

Public Tricycle (Keke Napep) Conveying Passengers in Lagos, Nigeria via Nairaland

Public Tricycle (Keke Napep) Conveying Passengers in Lagos, Nigeria via Nairaland

Here are a few of the things we love the most about these cabs:

Power friendly: The Mellowcab is powered both by a hydrogen fuel cell and human energy through pedaling. Though pedaling doesn't propel the cab forward, the exercise helps charge an electric battery which is used for other functions in the vehicle. The cab captures energy every time the driver brakes. Since this electric vehicle was designed to stay power friendly, there is no need for petrol or diesel; 35% of the vehicle’s power has been designed to be solar powered, using the solar panel on the roof of the cab. Considering the high cost of Petrol now, this is a major plus

Eco-friendly: Mellow cabs have been made to stay completely emission free thereby being extra kind to the environment. Inside the cab is said to have been manufactured with recycled plastic.

Keke Doppelganger: Motor Tricycles aren’t any new means of transportation around Nigeria. Mellow Cabs being three-wheeled shares an interesting semblance with the popular Kekep Napep which plays a huge role in public transportation of goods and people in Nigeria 

Sleek design: The vehicle has really cute and sleek design, giving passengers an open view of the city and allowing them seat in an ergonomic command-position. It’s interesting to note that the company is leveraging on this intriguing feature of being cute and easily likable in offering brands and companies adverts on and in the vehicle (using interactive tablets mounted on the rear seat of the driver).  

Traffic friendly: The structure and design of the vehicle is “mellow” and not obtrusive giving it an advantage in size, this makes the vehicle easy to glide through traffic jams unlike normal cabs.

Low cost: The fact that the vehicle does not depend on fuel is a great way to reduce expenditures of the driver. A more welcoming news is that the company runs a business model that relies more on advertising than passenger fares thereby reducing the cost for riding on the cab

Advertising on Mellowcabs via mobi-platform.com

Advertising on Mellowcabs via mobi-platform.com

Transportation remains a major factor in the progress and advancement for every country. Moving people and goods from one place to another effectively, comfortably and timely plays a key role in the country’s general growth. Mellow cabs may just be the future of transportation and way out of Africa’s struggle with public transportation. What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

Out With the Yellow, In With the Blue.

LAGOS STATE ANNOUNCES  REPLACEMENT OF LAGOS' SIGNATURE YELLOW BUSES WITH A NEW SLEEKER TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION.

Lagos, Nigeria's mega city, smallest in the country but yet most populated. Lagos is a place for anyone, the rich, the poor, the average but one thing Lagos is known for, is traffic and hustlers. In a city like Lagos where everyone always has somewhere to be, owning a car can be really beneficial as it keeps you locked out of the noise and air pollution. At other times those with cars wished they weren't in one because of the horrible grid lock that lasts as much as three hours.This is when bikes popularly called 'Okada' becomes really handy. Moving by bus in many other countries is sometimes the most convenient way of transportation but in Nigeria, especially Lagos, a lot of people dread it. Considering most factors, they can't be blamed.

Traffic and danfo buses in Lagos via informationng.com

Traffic and danfo buses in Lagos via informationng.com

The signature yellow buses known popularly as "Danfo" are not in anyway comfortable and to make matters worse, most of the bus conductors are uneducated and annoying but from years of experiencing their trouble people got used their tactics. A huge sigh of relief rent through some parts of the state when the former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Raji Fashola introduced a new system of transportation called the "BRT". This became a saviour for so many, comfort and financial wise.

The thing about the 'BRT' buses is that they're comfortable, cheaper and they have their own designated lanes to avoid traffic. One disadvantage despite their comfort, speed and affordability is that they're not available on all routes, which is where the 'danfos' have the advantage. The yellow buses are owned by individuals and most of them are kept in deplorable conditions; from inappropriate fuel measurement and management to engine failure mid-journey, reckless and drunk driving, rude treatment of passengers and so many unmentionables. 'Lagosians' have put up with this and are tired but seemingly have no choice.

A danfo bus via 36ng.com.ng

A danfo bus via 36ng.com.ng

Thankfully again, the current governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode is on a mission to eradicate the yellow danfo buses, (yes eradication is not an understatement because they are pests). He recently introduced a new type of public transportation that is sleeker and more efficient. Although, they haven't started operating on the roads now, Lagosians are highly expectant following the recent hike in transport fare of the currently running transport system. In a cosmopolitan like Lagos, the need for facilities that fit the uncontrollable growth rate and bursting urban immigration is pivotal. It will be a huge relief to see new buses replace the tragedy that is the danfo. 

The new buses

The new buses