Ride hailing startup, Gokada, will, on Tuesday, host a one-year remembrance ceremony to honour its late founder, Fahim Sahel.
This was disclosed in a mail sent to Gokada users on Monday afternoon, apologising for any inconvenience that the event might cause as staff of the startup is expected to leave work to participate in the session.
The late entrepreneur, who was murdered last year in New York, was known for building and investing in startups in developing countries.
Gokada described the late founder as a personality of impact, and state that the day will be dedicated to celebrate the life he lived and the impact he created.
The statement reads:
“You know how everyone has that day they’ll never forget?
“The 13th of July, 2020 was that day for us, when we lost our founder, leader and friend, Fahim Saleh.
“His one-year remembrance is tomorrow, and we intend to make the day memorable by celebrating the life he lived and the impact he created.
“Because of this, we will be working at a limited capacity on that day, so our staff and pilots can participate in the activities we have planned to honour Fahim.
“We hope you can understand – apologies for any inconveniences that might occur.”
Born to Bengali parents in Saudi Arabia, Fahim Saleh founded his first internet service, PrankDial in New York.
In 2015, he went on to start Pathao, a ride-hailing service alongside two other founders in Bangladesh.
In 2017, Saleh moved to Lagos, Nigeria and through the help of his co-founder, Deji Oduntan, he started another ride-hailing service, Gokada.
The body of 33 year old Saleh was found decapitated and dismembered in his Manhattan apartment.
Following investigations, his 21-year-old executive assistant Tyrese Haspil was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.