- The first female train driver in Nigeria, Isa Fatima Abiola, has called on women to join the transportation industry as train drivers
- She says she decided that she would be a train driver when she was a 12-year-old girl living in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital
- Isa said people laughed at her when she started driving a train, including her male colleagues
- She has been driving trains for four years, proving to everyone who doubted her that what a man can do a woman can do better
The first female train driver in Nigeria, Isa Fatima Abiola, has shared her experience driving a train and becoming the first woman to do so in the country.
In an interview with BBC News Pidgin, she said people laughed at her when she started driving a train, including her male colleagues.
Isa was a 12-year-old when she decided to be a train driver. According to the female driver, she was walking with her grandfather when she saw a train in Ilorin, Kwara state, and she promised herself that she would drive it someday.
She said people thought she would quit after a year, but she has been driving it for four years and her determination has proved them wrong.
Isa said there is a need for women to join the transportation industry as train drivers because a lot of development is ongoing in the area of rail transport.
The woman has a dream to be one of the best train drivers in the world and to also train more than 100 females on how to drive train.
In other news, a video has emerged in which a female Nigerian Air Force pilot identified as Flying Officer OO Oke was spotted flying the L-39ZA.
In the video, which was posted on Twitter by @Jakepor21, Oke could be seen flying solo on the L-39ZA, becoming the first female pilot to do so in the history of 403 Flying Training School, Kano.
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