Blog - March 23, 2015
WOMEN AND EXPLOITS
Hello my wonderful readers. Today, I am going to make a diversion from the norm and make this post a feature story on a particular woman who is doing something I consider absolutely wonderful. Well well, Let us have a look.
The woman whom I am referring to is Mrs Sandra Aguebor, the first Lady Mechanic in Nigeria. I can imagine the looks of surprise on your faces right now. Lady? Mechanic? How? Where? When? Yes! Lady Mechanic, Mechanic in the literal and figurative sense of it. The Mechanic that fixes your cars, buses and Trucks. Yes, that mechanic but this time, a woman.
According to her, becoming a Mechanic is something she always had a passion for and she achieved it through steadfastness, hard work and the grace of God. She runs a car care company called SANDEX CAR CARE, a professional auto garage that has been delivering quality and excellent car care and repair services since 1995.
Getting to become a lady mechanic wasn’t an easy journey as she didn’t immediately get encouragement from people around her. Her parents, however became supportive and this motivated her to pursue her career. Because of her interest in the empowerment of fellow women, She founded the lady mechanic Initiative in 2004. The LMI is a non profit organization that empowers girls and women with mechanical skills to enable them to become professionals in the field of automotive repairs.
The big idea in setting up LMI is for these girls and women to acquire skills,defeat poverty, create wealth and Live a better life. In the last ten years, she has trained seven hundred girls and women in different parts of the country. Among this large number are indigent girls and women, ex commercial workers, deportees, orphans, school cert holders who are unable to proceed to the higher institution e.t.c. They are taught to repair cars,to become plumbers, fix generators and also taught how to drive depending on what course they are admitted for. These Ladies are also paid salaries while learning..
The success story of the LMI has attracted both local and international attention and recognitions for the lady mechanic herself. Media houses have also had feature stories on her and her achievements. The initiative has received huge partnership and support from Individuals, government and several foundations who sponsor the training of these girls.
More individuals and bodies are further enjoined to support this noble cause which leads to the development of the country as a whole. The LMI can be contacted via the following media.
Website – www.ladymechanicinitiative.org
Email – email@example.com
I believe this is a very meaningful initiative especially when one thinks of the target members. The country indeed needs more people like this. Thanks for stopping by. I ll be back. BOS
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Thank you Jolade
Bright bravo! I watched her on the news sometime ago. Very strong woman. And God bless her for empowering other women. I mean, she pays them even while they’re learning?!
Thanks darling Eniola. Yes, they are given stipends as an incentive.
Aderibigbe yisahu ajibola busari
first of all, i must say this is a very enterprising and encouraging piece. in everything we do we must ensure that we are focus and most importantly we don’t loose our sense of direction. It is crystal clear that the woman knw what she wanted and she got it cutsy of determination and undeterred philosophy. hmmmmmm! she has impacted on many, dis should encourage everyone of us. let’s pursue, acquire and impact. may God make it easy for everyone of us
Thanks brother. Amin
Wow! This is awesome. I could imagine the negative comments she might have gotten from her friends and contemporaries when she set out to do what women are not expected to do. I think this should serves as an inspiration and a driving force to other ladies out there never to allow the society opinion’s overshadow their dreams and passion. Thanks for this. More grace to your elbow..
Thank you for always stopping by Joy. Your constant comments are encouraging.
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Thank you Daniel
This is awesome. Being successful isn’t only about making millions, it’s also about making impact in other people’s lives… Bravo!!!!!!
Yes mubby, I totally concur
This passes a message to us that we need to breed our girls differently it is not enough for we to say “you are a girl” leave it to the guyz , we have successfully shrinked the dreams and abilities of our girls in the ideology that they are “girls”. This lady amongst a few is a testimony that the world deserves an equal opportunity to all sexes, and we need to stop caging our sons in a box with the mentality of being masculine and everything has to channel through him which makes them vulnerable to pressure and despiration . The world would be a more healthier place if we could do things differently. All the best to her,she is a model to many .Cheers
Yes it sure does. Lengthy and meaningful comment right there. Thank you dear
Wow,am inspired. Have read about this woman before.definitely what a man can do,a woman can do much more.God bless u darl 😗more ink to ur pen
Yes dear. Thank you so much. Amen
Wow,never heard of this,inspiring! Women are strong 🙌👏
Yes Olaitan. Women are very strong.
saw them rally once in ajah…captivity of negativity… what men can do…women can do better… nice one
Yes Yes bro. Women cant be sidelined anymore. It is the new age.
Impressive piece….. Encourages out of d box thinking and action…. Big ups!!
Thank you Bolaji. Yes, that s the intent.
Nyc write up.. We need more women lyk ds.. Tolani waiting to read a story abt ur exploits.
INSPIRING! Seeing ladies excel at a job that’s only deemed fit for men is an amazing thing, I’m pretty sure patronage would be driven off the charts cos a lot of people would want to satisfy their doubt and end up becoming customers when their automobile gets some major fix. Such brave women are hard to find nowadays, Kudos to Mrs Sandra.
Strange but true….
Now, that’s what we talking about! I think I should consider taking a course or some few lessons with them. Always dreaded a car breaking down in the middle of nowhere without knowing what to touch or hit with a stone. Great, impressive and inspirational piece. Thank you dear.
Something for a change at least. Now this is an actual move to show seriousness in the fight for equality. Kudos
Totally Inspiring. This looks like an actual step towards the campaign for equality. Kudos
This is what empowerment is all about, many thanks for sharing!
I am very amazed and inspired by this cause. Nigeria would be a better country if we had more initiatives like this. Keep up the incredible work!
Laudable! Meritorious! Praiseworthy! Impressive! Commendable!
The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it’s possible to achieve the American dream. – Tommy Hilfiger.
Some two years plus ago, I went to learn how to sew, I prolly would have “dropped out” along the way, but because of the passion and interest I’ve had, they kept me going. Look at where I am today.
Walt Disney, an American motion-picture and television producer, once said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”.
A lot of people want to achieve different things, but the courage, passion, perseverance, hardwork, zeal and enthusiasm are not just always there.
But, look at this woman, everything has been there, reason she’s where she is today. I wish most people can just “tap” from this woman’s spirit and mind.
This is motivating. My lil’ sis should read this piece. She studies mechanical engineering in one of our Nigerian universities.
Thanks darling for sharing this. Well done.
Read about her too buh its been so long, really our parents should encourage us to do whatever makes us happy cos apart from the monetary gain, we will definitely get fulfillment from it. Jazakhillah khayran sis.
It is a laudable initiative which should get more publicity. Gender empowerment and equality has been a long standing issue in societies worldwide so it’s nice to know that women can choose a career dominated by the male folks (and who says they can’t do it better). I encourage improved awareness to catch these girls young & I wish the LMI all the best