We’re proud of our community of talented members, and since we mentioned talent, one of our stars shines particularly bright. Olugbade (Olu) is not only a keen driver, but also a talented musician. In fact, if you’d ask him he’d put it the other way around.
Olu’s first love is the trumpet, and he chose rideshare driving as a means to earn money without having to put his music career aside.
Olu started his music career singing in a choir and playing trumpet in a brigade band in Nigeria. He decided to move to Australia because he wanted more for himself and his family but along with that, also had the fear of letting his music go. As he noted, “a lot of great musicians who leave Africa have to let go of their music to earn money.”
Though he had studied accounting, Olu realised he couldn’t be locked into a day job. He needed one that had the flexibility of allowing him to continue to travel around Australia to tour and play with other bands.
Thinking back, Olu states that Uber was something that had never crossed his mind until he heard about Splend from a friend who played in his band. Looking into it, he liked the idea of driving part-time – he was particularly excited to learn that he could work towards owning his car without a big down payment. Alongside that, he appreciates Splend’s “professionalism, support and flexibility.” Especially if he encounters any problem or challenge, he knows Spend is there to help.
Now having driven Uber for close to three years, Olu continues to grow his band – he’s called it Alárìíyá, meaning “party people” and has started to write his own songs. His genre? Funky afro jazz, incorporating lyrics in English as well as his native language.
If you’re ever lucky to meet Olu, you’ll know his car is kept clean and in tip-top shape – he jokes that people always comment on how new his car is and he keeps it clean all the time.
“Where I come from, the look of the car tells who you are”
His advice for fellow drivers is to “be yourself, develop good habits and a solid work ethic.”
Hard not to agree with his words, and looking at how far he’s come, he surely practices what he preaches. We wish him the best of luck on the road, and we hope his positivity and drive will continue to inspire us for a long time to come.
Check out Olu’s story on Vimeo:
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