Bankole Cardoso is a creative and dynamic entrepreneur who through smart work landed himself among the league of successful entrepreneurs. He is a Co-founder of EasyTaxi Nigeria. In 2014, he was listed by Forbes as one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa.
Bankole was born in Lagos to a banker, Afolabi Emmanuel Cardoso and a medical doctor, Ameyo Adadevoh. He attended Corona School, Ikoyi for his primary school, and Grange Secondary School, both in Lagos, before going to Rugby School in the United Kingdom for his GCSE and A-Levels. Afterwards, he moved to the US for his University education, attending Boston College (BC), to study Accounting and Business Management and graduated in 2010.
He moved to New York City to work with Carlyle Group and as an associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), where he earned his CPA (Certified Public Accountant) credentials.
Cardoso started Easy Taxi in Nigeria in 2013 because he wanted a simple way to aid commuting in Lagos. He also had the vision to standardize pricing of taxis around the country.
Easy Taxi under his watch grew to be one of the most used taxi hailing apps in Lagos as well as Abuja. Easy Taxi is a free smartphone application that allows users to request taxis in the easiest way possible. The app uses GPS to connect users to the drivers closest to them and then sends the user the drivers’ information and allows the user to track the driver on the map in real time. Present in 30 countries, Nigeria was the first country to launch it in Africa and currently has a network of over 400 drivers in Lagos with services extended to Abuja.