Two Years after Its Launch Uber Nigeria Proves to Be a Success

Ebi Atawodi, General Manager, Uber Lagos. Credit: marcopolis.net

Can you start with the story of Uber in Nigeria? How long have you been in the market and how would you characterise it?

My name is Ebi Atawodi and I am the General Manager of Uber in Nigeria. We launched Uber in Nigeria in 2014. We are just under two years old now which I think is quite a feat for a Nigerian business!

In 2014, we basically brought the international concept of a technology platform into Nigeria and localised that concept. The spirit behind Uber is quite straight forward. It is “how can you push a button and get a ride?” That is very much founded behind a necessity and a need. Our two founders on a cold day in Paris in 2009 were looking for a taxi and while waiting in the cold, they basically said to each other “it has to be simpler than this; I should be able to push a button on my mobile phone and get a car”. Five years later and in four hundred plus cities, Abuja being the 400th city actually, we are moving people in 5 minutes or less at the push of a button.

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