May 26, 2022

on Monday, Clara Wanjiku Odero, a former employee of African payments giant and unicorn Flutterwave, has accused CEO Olugabenga “GB” Agbula of intimidating and harassing her for years. She made the allegations in a Medium post and in a series of tweets that followed.

In a blog post, Odero explained how a series of unannounced events caused him to step down as Head of Implementation (Rest of Africa) in 2018, and when it came time for the payoff, he stated that the company refused to do so.

However, after her threats to sue the company, which she claimed asked several of the company’s employees to “talk and resolve this peacefully,” Flutterwave finally paid her dues, the statement said. Message.

This was followed by allegations by the company of being involved in a Twitter account that accused male Flutterwave executives of sexual harassment, Odero said.

“I have asked many times to contribute, [I] didn’t really get a response [I] There were threats and I responded accordingly,” said Odero, who as CEO now runs Credrills, an open financial platform backed by SoftBank.

“Flutterwave paid me my money after several people called for my lawyers to be fired; The lawyers had to call me because they refused to pay me just because they thought I wouldn’t do anything. [a.k.a] intimidate me. Without any evidence, they accused me of being behind an account that accuses male members of the department of sexual harassment.”

Odero’s post also showed how she was offered “a role at a Nigerian bank who then ransacked GB saying I was a bad worker, a crime in California.” But the camel was broken for him when Flutterwave, “eager to continue doing business with M-Pesa in Kenya, included my number as a contact on Mpesa’s payroll.”

In this local excerpt published two years ago, Wanjiku claimed that his number was used as a contact in a scam in which Flutterwave allegedly hosted non-existent sex parties in Thika, Kenya and was used by Kenyans for extortion. up to 1500r.

Wanjiku sued Flutterwave for damages and settled in a settlement, according to his blog. However, he filed an appeal after he received insufficient payment to cover all the problems. This was confirmed in a recent interview that Agbula and several key contributors to Flutterwave published hours before Wanjiku published his Medium post.

“A former employee who managed one of our properties sued us for negligence and emotional injury for not removing our name as a country contact. Therefore, whenever a trader asked a question, they called him. They said it was emotional harassment,” Flutterwave CEO said.

“We tried to solve it peacefully, but it was impossible. He demanded $900,000 to have the lawsuit dismissed. We declined because we did not consider the $900,000 in damages to represent the cost of alleged negligence. They continued their legal proceedings and the judge awarded them $2,500 in damages. When it came time to withdraw the check, he refused it and said he would appeal.

The interview, which primarily highlighted Flutterwave’s rise to Africa’s most respected company and may have given Wanjik his side of the story, also noted that Flutterwave was handling a sexual harassment case in which “it was found that an employee was inappropriate towards members his commands. Ahead of the disciplinary dismissal, the company said.

gaming-updates reached out to Flutterwave for comment and asked specific questions about the company and its CEO’s allegations of bullying Wanjiku. The fintech company declined to answer our questions and instead sent the following response:

As an organization that constantly strives to create an environment where employees feel safe, we take recent allegations of bullying by a former employee very seriously.

We make it clear that there is no place for intimidation or harassment of any kind in our workplace. We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying and a strong independent disciplinary committee and procedures to address any form of abuse.

Flutterwave’s staff has grown significantly over the last 3 years. We have seen this growth during lockdown – it was very important for us to gather the whole company in one place (in many cases for the first time), share our story, accept the challenge to go and build Do Brotherhood The reaction from the former employee was clearly inspired by what he shared some of our problems as a company.

We confirm that at the time of termination, all funds due to our former employee were paid on time, and we have documents confirming this. However, we sincerely regret the circumstances that led to the dispute and wish for a more timely resolution.

We have by no means taken this lightly. We want a healthy and productive work culture in the ecosystem and we are committed to playing our part.

In an interesting turn of events, Wanjiku told gaming-updates, “I’m not allowed to talk about this anymore for the sake of the ‘ecosystem.’

The news comes two weeks after Lagos-based tech publication TechCable published a report by CEO Ebun Okubanjo on the toxic and unhealthy workplace culture created at HR platform Bento. The report sparked a discussion in which technologists and other workers from various sectors in Nigeria and Africa shared similar experiences in recent weeks.

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