Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

An African-American entrepreneur is looking to give Uber & Lyft some competition with the development of his new ride-sharing app.
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Tanzanian-born Godwin Gabriel has created new ride sharing app, Moovn. Similar to other ride-sharing apps, Moovn works very similar, but aims to be both more affordable and notes safety as one of its top priorities.

Moovn is currently available in 8 U.S. cities, one city in Canada and three cities in Africa. Among these cities include New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Portland, Vancouver, Washington D.C. and Johannesburg, South Africa. The app sets itself apart from both Uber and Lyft because it allows users to schedule a ride up to a month in advance via the app. It also allows for selection of different vehicle types such as motorcycles based on the market.

Moovn app, now available currently in 12 cities

Gabriel, who holds an MBA from University of Washington’s Foster School of Business has a vision to make Moovn’ the Amazon of Africa. “I believe technology consumption in Africa is growing rapidly year over year and therefore presents us with tons of growth opportunities to continue our expansion and operations within that continent,” he said in an interview with Urban Geekz. “All-in-all, there are so many business models that can be built upon this platform but our grand vision is to become the Amazon of Africa.”

To learn more information or to sign-up for Moovn, click here.

What are your thoughts on this new ride sharing app? Are you willing to give it a try?

Mike “Orie” Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he’s probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie