Zainab Nasiru is a 23-year-old Nigerian female painter whose quest for success has made her venture into all sorts of trades. The young lady had a chat with Legit.ng where she opened up on the life choices she has made and why she has decided to toe the path she is right now.
The young lady is a secondary school leaver who is passionate about education; however, the stumbling blocks on her path deterred her from moving on in that direction. Nasiru resorted to learning skills in order to be independent and take the burden off her parents.
Nasiru’s dream was to study banking and finance, she was able to make good grades upon writing the secondary school leaving certificate examination. She chose the University of Ibadan and Kwara state polytechnic but could not gain admission. She had to stay home for a year before she started hunting for jobs.
The Kogi state indigene said that she found it unsettling sitting at home and staying idle. Thus, she always reach out to people who she thinks might be able to assist her in getting jobs from time to time. The young lady mentioned that she got a job as a security guard in a farm after efforts to get more gender befitting jobs failed.
She took on the role of a night security guard at that farm and recalled that she was the only female amongst the men. She lived on the farm in order to carry out her duty and won the admiration of her colleagues and employers. Nasiru held on to this job for a year until people started discouraging her from it; they felt it was not safe for her to be working all night as a young woman.
The opinions of others got to her at last as she returned to her parents’ house where her hustle continued. In her interview with Legit.ng, the brave young lady said that her parents were not too happy with her previous choice of work but had to succumb after she persuaded them. Therefore, it was a huge relief when they got to know that she had given up on that dream.
After sitting at home for a while, the young lady urged her parents to allow her go to her uncle’s house. At her new location, she helped her uncle’s wife with her chores and learnt how to make cocktails in the process. She even went as far as hawking for her. The 23-year-old lady said that things were smooth until her uncle’s wife’s attitude became unbearable; she referred to Nasiru as a bad luck and this made her leave them.
The young lady told Legit.ng that she had considered learning a trade but did not want to do any of those common ones like hairdressing and catering. She said that her mind got made up after her present boss came to paint for her father and she told him about her interest in painting.
Her boss felt she was unserious about it; however she said that she kept disturbing him until he started paying attention to her. Painting according to him was no place for a woman. Nasiru also convinced her parents and had to talk it out with her father who felt she was being unrealistic. Her argument paid off and her father invited her boss over; he tried convincing him until the man gave in.
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Nasiru started learning how to paint in October 2018; she recounted that she made several mistakes at the beginning and got corrected several times. Now, the young lady has learned the art of painting, screeding and can do a few tricks with interior designing.
Painting has affected her relationship life as men often find it weird that she ventured into that line. The young lady also thinks those men do not have anything to offer her as they think her job can make her promiscuous.
Now that the young lady has come to terms with her career path, she said that she wants to be known as a professional painter all over the world. She is bent on being a source of inspiration to the ladies out there as she wants to prove that women can equally be successful in male-dominated fields.
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