Big Cabal Media co-founder Bankole Oluwafemi on Friday took to his Twitter page to announce his departure from the start-up company he co-founded.
Big Cabal Media, the digital media company behind popular online technology news website, TechCabal, and content sharing platform, Zikoko, was founded in 2014 by Bankole Oluwafemi and Seyi Taylor. Oluwafemi was the editor, while Seyi Taylor was the CEO of the company, a role he held until his departure in January 2018.
280 characters won't suffice to thank @iamtomiwa for PROTECTING and growing @BigCabal. There's BCM's investors to thank too. And an audience that didn't stop believing. A story that'll be told, one day
A big departure from the Cabal by Tomiwa Aladekomo https://t.co/pujcR1yt2X
— Bankole Oluwafemi (@MrBankole) January 10, 2020
Tomiwa Aladekomo, the new CEO, Big Cabal Media, in his Medium post, said: “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.”
Tomiwa Aladekomo further said that while Bankole Oluwafemi is departing full-time employment with Big Cabal Media, he 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.”
While Oluwafemi’s departure might come as a major surprise to the tech community, it might not have been a surprise for the executives of the company.
According to Aladekomo, “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.”
It’s been two years since then, and it seems they both knew this day would come.
Career Profile – Bankole Oluwafemi
Before co-founding Big Cabal Media, Oluwafemi was co-CEO of ideaMEDIA and a social media consultant at The Bridge IVF Clinic. He later founded TechCabal in 2013 and was its first writer, editor, and editor-in-chief before co-founding Big Cabal Media with Taylor the following year.