7 Things to know about the Only Nigerian Female Barber in Sokoto


If one should imagine a barber, it would always be a male one.

‘Barbing’ is generally considered an exclusive job for males. But in Sokoto, a state which one would consider as conservative, due to it being the seat of the Caliphate, a woman braced the odds and became the only female barber.

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Maryann Chison attending to a customer.

Here are 7 things you should know about her:

  1. Her name is Maryann Chison.
  2. She is 25 years old.
  3. She hails from Nbiteli local government area of Imo state.
  4. 98 percent of her customers are reportedly male, including clergies and Alhajis among others.
  5. She completed her Primary, Secondary and Tertiary education in Sokoto.
  6. She holds a National Diploma in Public Administration and plans to go for her HND next year.
  7. She has been ‘barbing’ for almost three years and learned it as an apprentice for about five months.



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