Tuesday
October 30
2018

In African cities, the “gig economy” is called the economy

By Yinka Adegoke

One of my favorite anecdotes from a few years back is of the Nairobi Uber driver who asked this New Yorker, “Do they have Uber in the US?” Since then, I’ve encountered many drivers from Lagos to Cape Town and noted how quickly ride-sharing has spread in some of the big African cities, although not without its challenges.

It’s also been interesting to see the rapid rise of Airbnb as a much-needed alternative in some of Africa’s largest cities which have a shortage of affordable international standard hotels. Again, what seemed unlikely just a few years earlier has made a notable impact.

Photo courtesy of Raim Matau.

 

Source: Quartz Africa (link opens in a new window)

Tags
business, economic development, emerging economies, emerging markets, employment, sharing economy