All you need to know about the ‘Uber’ trend on Twitter

The Uber-related accounts of two Twitter users spurred on a passionate conversation about the ride-hailing service with many pitching tents on polarising opinions this Friday.

A certain Twitter user with the handle, @CaptainArinze, spoke on what he observed as prevalent rudeness and impoliteness amongst Nigerian women towards Uber drivers. He declares that it does not cost much for Nigerian women to be polite and nice to their assigned Uber drivers and that a great attitude is crucial.


Some Nigerians agreed with the user’s sentiments, stating that it is a usual practice for women to be caustic when speaking to these drivers and it is right for them to be cautioned accordingly. Uber drivers added tales of them being treated shabbily by their female riders while others suggested that Uber creates an incentive where rude riders can also be flagged down if found uncooperative.


Series of Twitter users contested this position with personal accounts of Uber drivers being unnecessarily salty and rude to them. They posited that the main problem is that these Nigerian drivers possess fragile egos and can’t stand having to drive women hence everything that would be taken as normal from a man, would tick them off when uttered by a woman.


Many pointed out that there was a gender bias and that “politeness” is only expected of women whereas men are allowed to say these things without repercussion.


Some with a more neutral stance declared that politeness and courtesy should be expected of both women and men, whether riders or drivers in the business. 


In a more heartwarming aspect to the Uber trend, Twitter User, @alabo_braide narrated the event of how a driver collided with his car and scraped off his bumper. He said that he seized the car of the Uber driver after calculating the cost for repair of his car and it amounted to N150,000.

When he noticed the Uber driver crying, his wife interceded and gave the driver some money for transport, then went further to plead with her husband to return the car to him. The narrator said he did and in the process, they both crumbled into a mass of tears as the Uber driver expressed profused gratitude at his actions. 


Nigerians were moved by the tale and ushered prayers on the man for his acts of kindness and praised his wife saying she was a good woman. 


The tales concerning the Uber trend shows just how two-sided life can be. In a world filled with rude, evil people, there is also good to be found. 

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