You are Not Less ; You are So Much More #IWD2019

A short message from my heart to every woman on this special day. Happy International women’s day!

 

#XXFILES women Radio crew on Premier FM 93.5 from the stable of Radio Nigeria Ibadan

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

The First Lady Mechanic in Nigeria – Sandra Aguebor #IWD2019

The International Women’s Day celebration is marked all over the world on the 8th of March every year. It is a day intended to draw attention to the peculiar challenges women face in the society and to keep tab of progress made in achieving gender equality and rights of women.

A few women making their mark in fields otherwise thought to be male terrain caught my attention and I want to bring you the story of one of them.

I present to you the woman, Sandra Aguebor known as the “The Lady Mechanic”. It is a big deal to have a woman working to repair cars and automobiles, especially in the African, Nigerian context. Sandra’s interest in car repair was sparked from as early as age 14. One day she asked her father to take her to the nearest mechanic workshop and fortunately, he didn’t frown about this and obliged her. Against her mother’s wishes and cry of, “this work is for men and not good for a woman”, Sandra started to go every day to the mechanic workshop even after school to watch and learn. Her love for the job grew and she made up her mind to pursue this career path.

Sandra Aguebor went on to become the First Female Auto-mobile Mechanic in Nigeria after graduation from school and started the “SANDEX CARE“, workshop. She offers free training empowering vulnerable girls and women with technical and mechanical skills to give them dignity and improved economic life.

Sandra soon launched the Lady Mechanic Initiative where she runs a skills acquisition programme for women from disadvantaged background and survivors of trafficking and sex slave trade; single mums and child labor victims. Because of her love for empowering girls like her who would want to pursue a career path in engineering, The Lady Mechanic Initiative also began an After School Club where Sandra and her team engaged school girls in outreaches.

Courses/training The Lady Mechanic Initiative offers
• Lady Auto-mobile Technician
• Lady Speed Boat Technician
• Lady Mechanic Professional Driver
• Lady Mechanic Speed Boat Driver
• Lady Mechanic Generator Repair Expert
• Lady Mechanic Summer School Class

The Initiative has a vision to mentor and transform 100 thousand girls/women into role models and change agents in their communities across Africa by the year 2025 through sustained innovative approaches to skill impartation and healthy mental guidance. So far about 17, 000 have benefitted from her training programmes.

Every girl can achieve her dreams – Breaking the glass ceilings. 

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Woman to Woman Talk #10 – Empower Yourself by Working

What is Your View about Not Working as a Woman and the man pays all the bills?

Women stay at home not employed in a 9-5 job for various reasons. Some want to give time to nursing and caring for their babies and children until they are old enough. This is a great investment and noble role in my opinion.

A category of non- working mothers/women are the ones who do not engage in any business or at least a work from home kind of job because your Excellency the husband says he does not want them to work. The man is wealthy and has a good paying job so he believes he can take care of his wife and family. And my dear woman stays put waiting for her man to bring home the goodies every day. Fantastic but watch it!

Once upon a time, a rich man tells his wife to be a stay at home wife and allow him to take care of her every need. At first, she agreed but soon the entrepreneur in her woke up. She loved to bake and does catering job so she convinced him to allow her to start her own business. It was tough convincing him but she went ahead anyway. A few years down the line the men died and guess what? His family members came karting away all the man’s properties and estate. This dear woman only smiled as she was financially buoyant to care for herself and children. Her business had expanded and it was thriving well. Imagine if she had stayed at home doing nothing as his Excellency her husband wishes.

In case you are thinking this is far-fetched another couple’s story from a different angle might convince you. This time the man had a high paying job and they were really comfortable. However, he encouraged his wife to pursue her business dream and even invested money in helping her expand her business. A few years later he lost his job and this family survived for a season on the wife’s business before he got another job.

There are women who do not even want to work or do any business. This I find amusing and I also keep my fingers cross to see the day trouble will arrive at their door in the name of poverty/hard times. Some women are the ones stopping themselves from working or pursing any business goal and not their husbands. I know of men who set up their wife’s business several times as she keeps ruining it because she believes that there is enough money in his pocket to keep feeding them for a long time. Each time he invests in a business for her she sinks it through negligence and laziness.

Let me share a few things that could happen with that arrangement of not harnessing your skill or engaging in work:
You become frustrated having to depend on your man for every purchase and financial needs.
You lose your independence somehow.
The man soon becomes cranky having to deal with and give you money even for minute things. Soon he begins to lash out even when it is unintentional.
Tension over money matters.
If something goes wrong with your man’s business, job or source of income you are all in a BIG FINANCIAL MESS.

Benefit of Work to a Woman
Work for you as a woman goes beyond just earning money. It gives you a sense of fulfillment.
Work gives you a channel to use your skill and contribute your quota as a human being to society.
Work gives you an opportunity to make your dreams come true.

When I say work I do not necessarily mean an office job. Whatever you do using your talent, time and skills to make a living is your work.
So get off your butt and get to work. Do something Woman!

Adebisi Adetunji ©