23-year old Margaret Bassey did not set out to be an automobile repairer but when life became unbearable due to financial resources, she knew she had to do something.
From a family of three girls, Margaret was registered at Nigeria Opportunity Industrialization Company by her uncle and instead of learning a trade that would be expected of women, Margaret chose be a mechanic .
Today, she is doing well as a mechanic but it did not come without challenges. After a year and six months of learning her vocation, many still doubt her competence as a female mechanic.
She told Okwe Obi of The Sun, that even her uncle didn’t believe in her capabilities.
Thankfully, she got a job at a mechanic shop but the test she was given by her boss amused her.
“When I went to seek employment, my boss surveyed me; and told me to stretch and fold my hands. He looked at them and told me to start working the next day.
“Out of curiosity, I asked him what that meant. He told me that if he didn’t find scars, on them that means I was not a mechanic. According to him, mechanics were synonymous with injuries considering the nature of the work.”
With time, she was able to prove her skill as her customers preferred her to work on their cars.
Margaret, who hopes to have her own workshop someday said that she would not discourage any of her children who wants to toe her path.