Uber is Bae


In case you haven’t heard, life in Lagos without a car just got a whole lot easier. And boy, am I glad?

Ever noticed how the days when you’re in an absolute hurry always seem to be when taxis just refuse to show up? Or all you see are those cars that look like the 1950’s version of station wagons that started to be squashed at a metal recycling facility before someone, under the influence of substances yet to be determined, changed his mind and gave them a second chance to get back on the road. Those taxis that when they slow down beside you, you pretend like you’re not a potential passenger because arriving at your destination in a vehicle like that will take you from 100 to 0 before you can say hello. Or is it those taxis that if you don’t have a bottle of perfume and/or deodorant spray in your purse, you are doomed to get to where you are smelling like someone who spent a few hours assisting your mechanic pro bono to fix cars with combustion issues?

Or the rain. The rain that randomly starts while you’re standing by the roadside after which some guy drives past and splashes dirty water from the puddle that has just collected on the road because the drainage is, well, not draining anything? The other day I was in a yellow cab, and considering that there was no AC on, I was wondering why I was feeling rather cool air on my lower body, only to see a gaping hole at the door.

If you can relate with any of these, I have good news for you.


Uber is here to take your pain away.

It’s hard to beat pick up at your door – or wherever you decide. Or a nice car that looks new and feels safe and is not literally falling apart with k-legged tyres and rattling metal. If you’re lucky you might even get a car that’s way above your pay grade. (Fake it till you make it, remember?) Or is it the oh-so-polite drivers who ask you if you want music and offer you chewing gum? And one of the parts I really like: You don’t have to haggle, and the fares are always great. Payment is charged to your card and if you get into traffic you won’t have any Baba grumbling and insisting you pay him more money. Indeed Uber is bae!

To get started, all you need to do is create an account online, download the app to your device through which you book your trips and payment is charged to your card. Even better, you get a free ride worth N2000 if you use my invite link https://www.uber.com/invite/uberSamiatu    (I get N2k too – double delight!) It absolutely is the easiest way to get around. So what are you waiting for?


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