Uber Technologies Inc., or just Uber has announced that it has conducted 1 billion rides across all of its African regions, since its launch about a decade ago.
“It all started with the tap of a button, and has led to so much more – from exploring new cities together, arriving to those special moments together and to thousands of economic opportunities created. We’re celebrating 1 billion trips in Africa and we did it – together” the company said in a statement.
The mobility service provider is based in the United States with its headquarters in San Francisco and operations in more than 72 countries and 10,500 cities worldwide.
It offers ride-hailing, food delivery (Uber Eats and Postmates), package delivery services, couriers, freight transportation, electric bicycle and motorised scooter rental.
Uber has been operating in Africa for about a decade, with its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and the Ivory Coast are among the seven African countries where it now has a presence.
“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,” the company added.
Despite the fact that Uber was a pioneer in Africa’s ride-hailing business, the company now faces over 50 global and local competitors, including Bolt, InDriver, and SafeBoda.
According to the company, it has produced over 59,000 job opportunities throughout Africa.
“In a region where thousands of jobs are being shed, Uber has produced over 59,000 active and sustainable economic opportunities across Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Frans Hiemstra, the firm’s General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).