Kenechukwu Ezeh is a Nigerian woman who chose to break boundaries by working in a male dominating field and is excelling in it as well.
In a recent chat with Dayo Odubanjo for Woman.ng, The CEO of Gap Barbershop speaks about her educational and family background and what motivated her to choose barbing.
On Her Educational and Family Background
”I am Ezeh Kenechukwu Stephanie from Ideato-south in Imo state and I am the 3rd born in a family of 6,one boy and five girls.
I was born in Lagos but relocated down to Enugu after our dad passed. I have a national diploma in public administration and I’m presently studying Co-operatives and Rural Development in Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
I’m in my 300level.”
On What Motivated Her To Choose Barbing As An Occupation
”My mum wants all her children to learn a skill because she said it would either help us in the future or now in case of unemployment.
At first we couldn’t believe our ears when my mother asked myself and my elder sister, Chinelo Whitney Ezeh to go into barbing but she said that it is unique and way different from the normal stuff women do,
She also said it’s lucrative as well so we adhered to her advice and she directed us to her former haircut stylist where we got all the necessary requirements and started with the learning program”
On How She Handles Competition With Male Barbers
”When we were learning it was really difficult to cope with the male barbers because they saw us as women but we pushed harder and learnt and finally when I learnt and got a job in a barbershop.,it was difficult for my male colleagues to comprehend the fact that we are barbers like them.
But I and my sister had to make them understand that we cannot be intimated or humiliated.
Some of my colleagues saw it as a good thing and some saw it as a challenge or competition.
Building customer base was really difficult here in Enugu because Enugu is not used to female barbers but we did it slow and steady.”
Check out her instagram page here – www.instagram.com/posh231