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By HILARY KIMUYU

Ride-hailing app, Uber, has attained 363,000 active customers in Kenya, and is ranked second in Africa according to the latest statistics released by the company to mark its fourth year of operation on the continent.

The data shows that there are 1.8 million active users of the Uber app in Africa with Kenya having five times more drivers compared to Uganda and Tanzania which have 1,000 drivers transporting roughly 50,000 active riders per country.

South Africa is Uber’s biggest market in Africa with 969,000 active riders. According to data released by the San Francisco based company, 5,000 and 12,000 Uber drivers are signed up in Kenya and South Africa respectively.

Ghana and Nigeria have 140,000 and 267,000 active riders respectively. About 7,000 drivers are on Uber platform in Nigeria while Ghana has 3,000.

DRIVER-PARTNERS

“Currently we have more than 29,000 driver-partners taking advantage of Uber’s earning opportunities. Drivers love being as flexible as they like; earning what they want, when they want, whether it’s a full-time entrepreneur or someone looking to supplement their income,” said Uber General Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, Alon Lits.

According to Lits, Uber strives at all times to collaborate closely with local regulators to understand the challenges they are grappling with in their cities and then help them to develop workable and accessible solutions that benefit people and economies.

“It’s with this in mind that Uber has just launched Uber Movement in Johannesburg, a new website to help urban planners, city leaders, third parties and the public better understand the transportation needs of their cities,” said Lits.

Lits added that Uber’s business partnership approach provides an accessible means for entrepreneurs to not only supplement their own income but also to become small business owners

“Four years have gone by incredibly quickly. We’ve learned and grown; we look back at our time in sub-Saharan Africa with pride because we’ve achieved so much and look forward to what’s next to come,” he said.