A Nigerian woman who is a professional in three different professions has told the story of how she has managed to remain relevant in all the fields.
Fatimah Ibrahim is a mother of two from Borno state and does not readily betray what she is all about at first sight.
The 39-year-old widow who met a 247frolic reporter at a building site, reveals the diligent side of her; a professional painter, tiler and plumber.
Explaining how she managed to enter into professions dominated by men, she said: “I have always loved painting. My friend’s husband who is a painter taught me how to paint, and I started painting even when my husband was alive.
“Later, I picked interest in tiling and plumbing profession, and I went for the training.
“Right now, after my husband’s death, I am proud to say I am a professional painter, tiler, and plumber. To me being a woman doesn’t really matter.”
On some challenges that she faces while trying to carry out her work, Mrs. Ibrahim confessed that most people look down on her because of her gender.
“It’s been hard getting work. Some people give me jobs to do, and they are never disappointed; but others are just reluctant to trust me with their buildings, because they still find it difficult to believe the fact that a woman can do these jobs, and even do them better than men.
“She called on the public and the government to give her contracts and test her level of capability. She also stressed that these were her means of livelihood.
“I am a widow. I have two children aged 13 and 9. I am not begging the public for food, as I have been blessed with the means of providing for my children.
“All I am asking is for Individuals, contractors, government agencies to give me jobs so I can make money and take care of my children and other widows who are not so fortunate to have vocations like mine.”