Not too long ago, a lot of Nigerians relied on Naija themed buses such as the infamous Lagos molue and danfo buses to get around town.
However, over the years a lot of things have changed in the way Nigerians commute, with technology taking front wheel. The emergence of ride hailing apps has made getting around from point A to point B a lot easier.
These days one does not have to get to the nearest bus stop before one can hail a taxi or take a bus. All you need do is exploit technology from the very comfort of your home or office or wherever you might be.
The most amazing feature of some of these car hailing services is that you can even order one for a friend. Say for some reason you are unable to pick up a friend or family member from the airport, no worries, just hail a ride for them.
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This top player app on our list of car hailing services in Nigeria is majorly a car pooling service.
This platform allows you hail and share a ride with someone going in the same direction as you. Jekalo was launched by foremost Nigerian solution provider, Bolarinwa Motoni in 2015.
The Jekalo app services two sets of individuals – the riders and car owners.
It's a pity Jekalo is only available in Lagos
So basically, what this app does is allow you hail and share a ride with a car owner who is/or will travel the same route as you intend to.
To use this app, the potential passenger would need to order a ride by entering their trip information and then clicking the search button to search for rides that are traveling or will travel the same route as them. Alternatively, the passenger can choose from a list of already displayed rides on the app.
In a case where there isn't any ride going their way, the passenger can choose to get notified once there is any available ride going their way.
On the side of the driver, they would need to click on the 'Offer a Ride' option and enter in their route details. After they do this, they would get vetted and published by the app admin before they can receive ride notifications from app users. Easy much?
Regrettably, the Jekalo app service is only available in Lagos. So, if you are already in Lagos or plan to visit sometime, do well to explore the city with the comfort the Jekalo app offers.
2. Oga Taxi
Oga Taxi is one of the first indigenous contenders on the scene of ride hailing apps in Nigeria. It is competing alongside international players like Uber and Taxify.
This Nigerian car hailing app was launched in 2016 by two very patriotic Nigerian entrepreneurs, Ameh Idoko and Michael Nnnamadim.
Oga Taxi is invented by 2 patriotic Nigerian entrepreneurs
The Oga Taxi app offers unique customer-centric features to ensure a comfortable riding experience.
There are two options on the Oga Taxi app which are (solo) Classic and Pooled ride. The classic option allows passengers choose who they want to have a trip with – a matching feature allows you to see the profile of drivers who are headed towards the same destination as you are.
As per our recommendation, this is a great way to commute. It saves both time and money for the two parties involved. Oga Taxi is headquartered in Abuja but operates in cities of Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja.
Carxie is a more recent player on the scene of ride hailing services in Nigeria. In line with the vision of the launchers of this app, Carxie was created to enhance and revolutionize transportation in Nigeria. It also prides itself as an employment source for Nigerians.
On this platform, drivers are subcontracted by agents, and they earn a commission. For every driver that gets boarded, 1% of the trip fare goes to the agent. If an agent services about 50 drivers, they earn between N170,000 to N240,000 for being a Carxie partner.
The app design of Carxie
As per the launchers’ projections, Carxie is expected to provide about 36,000 jobs for drivers and about 5,000 jobs for agent partners within the first 5 years. Actually, that is a huge goal for a startup and we can only support them.
Overall, the Carxie app is a great platform for anyone wanting to travel in style while saving both money and time. Unlike the others, Carxie services are available in Nigerian cities like Lagos, Abuja and Owerri.
Uber is the earliest international player on our list of car hailing apps in Nigeria.
Uber is headquartered in San Francisco, United States. The company kicked off operations in 2009 but got to Nigeria five years later in 2014.
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Uber is still the leading ride hailing app in big cities
Presently this ride hailing app is operating in about 65 countries and 600 cities in the world.
At the moment, Uber is in business in 13 Sub-Saharan African cities, which Abuja, Lagos, Nairobi, and Accra are among. Uber was the first of its kind to be launched in Nigeria. This car hailing app offers users the unique feature of ordering for a friend.
Having been in business for a number of years now, Uber is a reliable competitor and should be explored for quick and easy rides.
5. Bolt (Taxify)
Taxify is an Eastern European ride hailing app which has its roots in 15 countries and 20 cities. It has become one of the top ride hailing apps in the country since kicking off in Lagos in 2016.
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Taxify which recently rebranded and is now called Bolt is known for punctuality and its copiousness which places it ahead of its competitors.
Only recently in May 2019, Bolt began operations in Akwa Ibom and Calabar. Earlier before that, Bolt already started operations in cities like Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Owerri,and Benin.
6. RideMe Taxi
This ride hailing app was launched in June of 2018 in Lagos. The app comes in a purple and conspicuous red color which gives it a unique identity compared to other ride hailing apps.
Another amazing feature of RideMe Taxi is the “Female-for-Female” service it offers. This service allows verified lady/female riders to choose lady/female drivers to drive them.
Rideme Taxi aims at female customers
This is also a first-of-its-kind in the Nigeria ride hailing sphere. So if you’re a female and you are skeptical of male drivers, you can opt for a female driver instead.
The fare is prided to be pocket-friendly for an average Lagosian.
The unique feature of this app is that it was designed with both the drivers and riders welfare in mind. It has a live chat for riders' and customers' issues to get quickly resolved. Also, there is an SOS feature put in place should in case there is an emergency.
Like most others, RideMe Taxi operates only in Lagos.
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This last but by no means the least cab hailing service is a taxi booking service launched in March 2019.
GidiCab is a notable player in the Nigerian car hailing ecosystem. Reason being that it is owned by Nigerian fore-most twitter page traffic control, GidiTraffic (@giditraffic).
Gidicab often offers code to make discount for customers
As per the vision of the launchers, it was created to help users move around with ease.
Although, GidiCab has just only entered the market, they might be a reliable option on the basis of the launchers track record in traffic updates across the city of Lagos.
At the moment, the GidiCab ride hailing app is operational only in Lagos.