Lagos, the most glorified city in recent times out of Africa has its fair share of chaos and disorder but still holds promise with the array of ideas that are turning into problem solutions for Lagosians
These startups since their inception have been adding some comfort and sanity to Lagos living and beyond for some.
It has to be said that there are more than five of these businesses bringing some social business value to the community they serve
That said, Here are my five picks of startups doing really good stuff
One of the things Lagos is notorious for is its dire public transport system, from bad roads to horrendous traffic. Plentywaka has taken the much needed bold step to ease public transport shuttling, and it can only get better from here on, provided government regulation doesn’t stifle their operations like they have done considerably with the tricycles and bikes. Bad roads are also a critical factor tied to the success and state-wide penetration of Plentywaka and other bus-hailing startups, so we hope there is speedy improvement in that regard.
Almost every household faces one breakdown or the other – from leaky pipes to rats taking over your house. Enter Wesabi, with whom you have one less thing to worry about. There are packages to choose from on a subscription basis. In these times where it’s rather easier to cross a busy express road eyes closed than finding a reliable and accountable artisan, Lagosians could use a vetting platform like Wesabi to take care of that worry.
Seriously, Living and working in Lagos is an extreme sport. It takes a superwoman and superman to come back home from a hellish Lagos traffic and enter the kitchen to prepare a fresh meal. So more than half of Lagos either retires to fast food, Indomie and egg combination or a frozen meal – which is left at the mercy of uninterrupted power supply (Shout-out to NEPA). Also, there is the laundry, cleaning routine on weekends, and many more chores we’d rather do away with. Edenife is your answer to those prayers right now at varying subscription prices depending on which areas you desperately need help with. Looking at their pricing, you would have to agree with me that the cost of pampering yourself in Lagos and anyplace else for a fact could be pricey. But you know you will be getting the value for your buck.
Corruption and unaccountability in the Nigerian system are producing unqualified workers. Take for instance the culpability of Lagos Motor Vehicle Administration Authority in their duty to oversee the process of obtaining driver’s licenses; many of us including myself skip the expected driving school just to skip the process. So it’s assumed by the licensing body that the driver is competent on the wheels. They mostly look the other way and collect fast-track bribes for the issuance of these licenses. This, unsurprisingly, has churned out uncultured and dangerous drivers behind the wheels including those of cars, tricycles, trailers, and bikes. So you see avoidable accidents happening. Tora as a human recruitment startup has taken it upon themselves to train, verify and hand over competent hands, mostly in the informal sector to those in dire need of such services. thereby reducing disasters on roads.
We all get empathetic when we see a car broken down in the middle of nowhere and wonder if help will ever come, if they would get to figure out the problem that day, how much they would have to cart away with when the savage government toll operators come hard on the vehicle owner with hefty toll away fees, or worse still if those unfortunate street miscreants end up pouncing on the car owner and robbing him of his possessions or offering to assist with the promise of extorting the vulnerable victim of circumstances. Imagine how everything could go wrong.
Then also imagine a dedicated service like Wems -Road Side Assistance coming to your rescue and making all that problem go away. Lagos can breathe a sigh of relief as this has been made a reality. What’s more, is how incredibly affordable the service is for the average Joe. Vetted technicians dealing with vehicle fixes – your mechanic, electrician etcetera will be at your beck and call when you do find yourself in that stressful situation. Yes, call them Lifesavers and you wouldn’t be taking it too far.
There are many more of these startups solving practical problems peculiar to Lagos, we can only hope the business doesn’t get crippled by bad management and bad government policies. Kudos to the founders!