TechInAfrica — Bankole Oluwafemi, Big Cabal Media co-founder, announced last Friday that he is leaving the company he founded.
Priorly, Oluwafemi was co-CEO of ideaMEDIA and a social media consultant at The Bridge IVF Clinic. He then founded TechCabal in 2013 and was its first writer, editor, and editor-in-chief before co-founding Big Cabal Media with Taylor in 2014.
Oluwafemi was the editor-in-chief, while Taylor was the CEO, until he left the company in January 2018.
Current CEO, Tomiwa Aladekomo said in his Medium post, “Bankole was integral in the thinking behind the formation of, and delivery of Zikoko, Ebola Facts, Tech Women Lagos and almost every major initiative Big Cabal Media has ever done.”
Furthermore, Aladekomo said that although Oluwafemi is leaving his full-time employment with Big Cabal Media, he still remains a member of the board.
“He will retain the title of Editor-at-Large and consult with us on a range of projects, including our Tech Women project, which is expanding in ambitious new ways this year. We expect to continue seeing and working together extensively,” he said.
It remains uncertain how the tech community will react to this. Oluwafemi was synonymous with TechCabal and Big Cabal Media for a long time, and his departure comes as a major surprise.
However, it might have not been a surprise for the executives of the company. Aladekomo said, “when I joined BCM in January 2018, Bankole was taking a break from the very bruising job of building a startup. I convinced him to come back and help with the business. He accepted with the caveat that there were a lot of things he wanted to do and work at, and he would depart once the business was stable.”