French Tech Startup, kwik Eyes Regional Expansion Following Appointment of Nigerian Chairwoman

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kwik, an ambitious French startup, has reaffirmed plans to expand its presence in Africa’s tech space following the recent appointment Olatowun Candide-Johnson, a Nigerian lawyer and businesswoman.

Candide-Johnson has officially been appointed Chairwoman of kwik’s supervisory board. The company, which aims to become the number one provider in the Nigerian last-mile delivery market, was founded by a French National, Romain Poirot-Lellig.

kwik was developed by Africa Delivery Technologies, a young French start-up that seeks to confront Africa’s demographic, infrastructure and socio-economic challenges – all of which can be solved, or at least partially addressed through the use of new mobility technologies.

Under the brand name ‘kwik’, Africa Delivery Technologies has been developing, since the summer of 2018, an urban mobility platform which will initially focus on delivery services in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital with approximately 22 million inhabitants.  It is targeting the B2B market with a series of new features and an adapted commercial approach.

Candide-Johnson, who specializesin oil and gas law and governance for multinational companies, has several years’ experience in senior management roles within the Total Upstream Companies in Nigeria as well as in the Total Group.  Her last role as at the end of 2016 was General Counsel; Chief Compliance Officer & Executive General Manager, Management Services.

She is the Founder and CEO of GAIA Women Club, a members only business & social Club in Victoria Island, Lagos, whose goal is to encourage women in business to connect more deeply, gain each other’s trust and do more business together.

She is also a Founding parent and director of the Lagos Preparatory School, located in Ikoyi, Lagos – the economic capital of Nigeria, one of the leading preparatory schools offering the British curriculum in Africa.

“In joining Africa Delivery Technologies, Olatowun brings her experience, know-how and deep knowledge of the Nigerian economy and society to kwik, guiding the company in its ambition to become the number one in last-mile delivery in Africa’s largest market,” kwik said in a recent statement.


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