This UNIZIK female student lost her mother a few years ago, now she rides shuttle bus to sponsor her education
There are reports of females in the world of men and also males in the world of females. There are men who are into beautifying women, otherwise called hairstylist. They collect hair or wig and wok them, even at times better than women. There are also men who are nail technicians who work on nails for women and also do pedicure and manicure.
There are also women who are into mechanic and they are doing exceptionally well. I know a lady in Warri who is a very good mechanic. She competes with men and does her job well. So, there is an overlap in the professions people are into. Some women are into photography which someone can easily say it is for men.
The major issue now is what gives you joy and satisfaction. The job you think you can do and earn a living is okay for you. Those men in hair dressing, to them they are okay. Women driving keke feel also okay. As far as they are able to do and make a living, they are quite okay.
HERE IS A REPORT WHICH EXPLAINS HOW A LADY DOES TRANSPORT BUSINESS IN AWKA THE CAPITALCITY OF ANAMBRA STATE
BY SUNNY DAVID
The prevailing economic situation in the country has changed conventional means of livelihood. Men and women now resort to anything as far as it can put food on their table. Nowadays, men are seen doing women’s work while women are doing men’s work.
A picture of such was seen in Awka, the Anambra state capital where some women now make a living in the transportation business.
In this special report, our correspondent reports that Miss Stella Onyilogwu is one of such women, who decided to venture into the male dominated shuttle business in Awka.
The nature of the modern society has altered basic career systems, where most jobs are seen as the prerogative of the male gender.
Seeing women do jobs like commercial driving, barbing, shoe making, painting, and building among others, perhaps gives credence to the gender-tussle phrase that says what a man can do, a woman can do better.
Miss Onyilogwu, an undergraduate student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, who is into commercial shuttle driving, revealed that the economic situation of the country made it difficult for her to leave some responsibilities for her father to shoulder alone, since the demise of her mother, adding that instead of staying idle, she had to source for an income to sponsor her education.
She disclosed some challenges faced in the line of the business to include discrimination from male drivers, harassment, illegal collection of levies from individuals who pose as government officials and touting, but added that she has come to accept it as the normal side of the job since women in the business have always had better patronage.
For some male drivers, including Mr. Ezinna Okpara and Mr. Emmanuel Igwe, they are comfortable accommodating females in the transport business since such will create an avenue for them to support their families financially.
Some commuters including Mr. Stanley Uchechukwu and Grace Obidimma said they had no troubles patronizing female transport drivers and urged young females not to remain idle or depend solely on their parents or government for jobs