How Christiana Augustine Started Her Tricycle Business


Christiana Augustine’s request for a tricycle, widely known as ‘keke marwa,’ from her husband as a birthday gift came as a surprise but since he had told her that he would give her whatever she wanted, he had to fulfil his promise.

A native of Ebonyi, but resides in Abakaliki, the mother of three now shuttles the city as a public transporter.

A graduate of Project Management, from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Christianah had been without a job since 2008.

 “He asked me why I chose Keke, I told him I wanted something that will be giving me money no matter how small at the end of the day. Although he didnt like it, but he was like since I demanded for it, he has to give it to me,” she tells New Statesman

Christiana didn’t set out to drive the tricycle herself but when  the driver she employed was no longer sincere to their agreement, she decided to do the driving instead of selling it.

“But of course, my husband did not accept the idea at first, but I told him that selling it off will not give me the money which was used for the purchase because it would be sold as second hand. He still was not okay with the decision. I said let me tell you, I can do it. I had to get someone who taught me how to drive and after few moves, I learnt it. So after some time he reluctantly gave me the permission to go ahead with it.”

Christiana has been in the business for six months and she is still the dutiful wife and mother.


To unemployed single and married women, Christianah advised that people should try and do something no matter how small. According to her, in due time, opportunities for bigger things will emerge.

Christiana explained that she doesn’t drive at odd hours and has never received any threat since being in the business, however, she tries to obey driving rules.

Read the full story at New Statesman

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