Uber: We Are Celebrating 1 Billion Trips In Africa


May 26, 2022, 2:40 p.m.

Uber Technologies Inc., the world's largest ride-sharing company, has achieved a billion trips in Africa since entering the market less than 10 years ago, with over 10 billion kilometers of trips completed.

"It all started with the tap of a button and has led to so much more – from exploring new cities together, arriving at those special moments together, and creating thousands of economic opportunities. We're celebrating 1 billion trips in Africa, and we did it – together," Uber said.

"As part of this incredible adventure, we thought we'd crunch a few numbers and let you know exactly how much you've moved us," Uber continued.

In that same period, Uber and Uber Eats have collectively reached over 30 million riders and eaters in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Head of Communications for East and West Africa at Uber, Lorraine Onduru, said: "Since entering the market in 2013, we have created over 6 million economic opportunities in over 50 cities across Sub-Saharan Africa that we are present in. We pride ourselves in building locally using global expertise. Each country's needs are unique, so we take the time to understand each of the market's needs so we can be responsive and adapt accordingly."

Uber has so far expanded to over 21 cities in South Africa, two cities in Ghana (Cape Coast and Takoradi), and four cities/areas for delivery in Kenya (Nakuru, Ongata Rongai, Syokimau, and Kitengela), with plans to launch in more regional towns and cities this year. This month, Uber in Nigeria expanded to four new cities, including Uyo, Warri, Enugu, and Kano. In June, Uber will officially mark six years in Ghana, another testament to Uber's role as a partner to the cities it operates in.

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"We've expanded our offerings in markets where we currently operate, innovating with new business models to serve change needs. The focus for Uber in Africa as it embarks on the next one billion trips is to continue unlocking opportunities through movement and changing how people, food, and things move through cities," Onduru said.

"While each country offers its unique opportunities, we have found the region defined by agility, creativity, and adaptability. This provides Uber with the perfect conditions to launch and nurture our on-demand economy in collaboration with the local partners to adopt a global business model into an African environment with diverse political, business, and socio-economic dynamics," he explained.

"We are certainly excited about the future, especially because we will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in Sub-Saharan Africa next year. We remain committed to raising the bar on safety, helping drivers and delivery people grow their businesses, and improving riders' experience," Onduru added.


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