Source: PUNCH

This is the story of 37 year old Mrs Awolowo Nike, who drives a motor tricycle, popularly known as ‘Keke Marwa’ in most parts of Nigeria. 

I love talking about women such as Nike, using her as an example of inspiration, motivation and hope for other women. I love women who are self-reliant, fighters and who keep smiling even in the face of adversity. 

This period in Nigeria is not a period for job separation in terms of gender, that is which jobs are meant for women or men. The issue now is, if you can do it, please do it, so that you and your kids may not hunger or perish.

If you want to read the full story on the life of Nike, click here.

Women shouldn’t give any excuse for laziness. Be your husband’s helper if you notice that he needs one, rather than complain to every Tom, Dick and Harry, who is ready to listen. 

Nike left one business for the other when she observed that there were various ‘Nigerian’ factors such as electricity, ready to ruin the business. 

Like a typically strong woman, Nike was able to manage her homefront and work place, wearing a smile on her face. 

The moral of this story is basically to encourage women to keep thinking of doing something that will be financially productive to the family. They should never give up, even when the going is tough. Don’t tag jobs as being for ‘men’ only, if you can do it, please be my guest. 

May God continue to bless our hustle. Amen.  

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