Behind the Wheel With… Sani, NYC uberX partner
Today, we’re kicking off a new series called Behind the Wheel With…, where we go behind the scenes with Uber partners and get a front seat view of their life behind the wheel.
uberX launched in NYC back in the summer of 2012, and Sani started driving as an uberX partner by December of that same year. As one of our very first uberX partner, Sani has had the opportunity to see and explore much of the city, and meet many of its residents and visitors. Last week we had the opportunity to catch up with Sani here in Long Island City and learn a bit more about his life as an Uber partner, a Brooklyner, and a father of four. New York, meet Sani.
Sani grew up loving cars. Born and raised in a small town in Togo, his family owned and ran a local auto parts store. It had been in the family for years, until in 2001 when he made the tough decision to sell the store and move to the United States. After saying goodbye to his wife and kids in Togo, Sani arrived in New York with the classic American dream of building himself a career to provide for his family.
He ended up taking a job in delivery and did that for close to 10 years before buying a Toyota Highlander and becoming an uberX partner. At that point, he had already spent many years driving the streets of the city and so had a decent lay of the land. He now works up to 13 hours/day using the Uber platform, sending a part of each paycheck back home to Togo, where his wife still lives with his four children.
Now that Sani has lived in NYC for over 10 years, he feels comfortable calling the city his home. However, given that his friends and family are mostly in Togo, he makes sure to set aside time for long vacations in his hometown. His next trip back is coming up soon. He plans on spending a solid six weeks hanging at the beach with family, friends, and extended relatives. This trip will be an important one, too. It will actually be the first time he gets to meet his new five-month-old daughter.
Fun Facts About Sani:
- Sani’s first job when he moved to NYC in 2001 was at a men’s clothing store in East Brooklyn
- On the weekends you can find Sani watching the English Premier League rooting for Manchester City
- During his downtime, Sani enjoys cooking his favorite dishes from home (his specialty is lamb soup and rice) and strolling through Prospect Park (he lives only a few blocks away)
- Sani’s favorite topic of conversation: Cars
- There are 20 languages spoken in Togo, Sani speaks 8 of them
- Sani plans on bringing his oldest son (who is now 15 years old) back to New York with him next year for schooling
- Eventually, Sani would like to retire and return to Togo. His goal is to move back when he turns 55
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