Quintessential taxi hailing service, Uber finally launches in Abuja

Uber, the quintessential taxi hailing service, has commenced its expansion plans in Africa with the launch in Abuja, the capital of the biggest economy in Africa.

Uber helps people get a ride at the tap of a button – there’s no flagging your hands to stop a taxi or entering an unfamiliar car.

It’s the most convenient way to get a safe, reliable and affordable ride – the app detects your location, tells you about your driver in advance, and you can choose to pay with card or cash so it is easy and safer for both riders and drivers.

With the launch, Abuja residents can request a reliable and affordable ride at the touch of a button – anytime, anywhere – whether they are headed to dinner, the club or an important business meeting.

Some residents of the tranquil and beautiful city have already started using the service. Charles Okpaleke, CEO and co-founder of Nigeria’s biggest and most successful nightlife chains, the Play Entertainment Network, was among the first users of an Uber in Abuja.


Also, Adama Indimi, a passionate humanitarian who focuses on empowering young girls and one of northern Nigeria’s most influential tastemakers, requested a ride to get to town yesterday. Within minutes, an uberX arrived and off she went!

To celebrate the launch, Uber will be giving out free rides of up to NGN3,000 in the Abuja coverage area (Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Maitama, Asokoro, Utaku, Gwarinpa et al) from from 23 March 2016 at 07:00 until Monday, 28 March 2016 at 00:00.

Jump in on this offer by downloading the Uber app from the Google Play or App Store, registering with your personal details, choosing your pick-up location, and requesting a ride and track your car in real-time.

Uber is still in testing mode so there may be limited availability from time to time. The following routes are available on the app at the moment:

  • Maitama to Asokoro: NGN680
  • Wuse 2 to Gwarinpa: NGN860
  • Airport to Maitama: NGN2,580
  • Airport to Wuse 2: NGN2,520

As time goes on, more routes will be added as more drivers join in.

Aside Abuja, Uber plans to expand into another city in Kenya, and cities in Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana before the year runs out.

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