- In what is a male-dominated profession, a Nigerian lady identified as Maryam Hussain is showing that a woman can do well as a borehole driller
- The wood technology graduate has been drilling boreholes for over 10 years said it has been a rewarding venture
- The proud lady said she will personally pick her husband as men are very much interested in her against her earlier thought of being unattractive to them owing to her profession
A Nigerian lady, Maryam Hussain, who installs boreholes for a living has advised youths and graduates to get creative instead of waiting on the government for jobs.
In an interview with BBC News Pidgin, the hardworking lady narrated how she ventured into the male-dominated profession.
How Maryam became a borehole driller
Maryam who graduated with a degree in wood technology said she had wanted to set up her own workshop.
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But due to her poor background, she couldn't get the money and this made her look towards borehole drilling.
Maryam said she has been drilling boreholes in Kaduna for more than 10 years. The young lady said when she started, it was her fear that men might lose interest in her due to the nature of her work, but that wasn't the case.
Maryam said the calibre of men that approach her are not even married folks or those looking to add to their polygamous families, but single guys.
She however stated that she would do the picking herself as regards getting a man to marry.
Maryam feels like a man at work
Maryam recalled that when she started, people mocked her, but now she feels like a celebrity.
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On challenges she faced, the borehole driller said her father was a problem at first.
"When I initially started the job, I had problems with my dad as he never liked the job at all.
"But as time went on, he came to accept it because he saw how I helped my younger ones in school with money made from the work," she said.
Maryam revealed that she even opened an office in his house.
Social media reactions
"May Allah chose a good husband for you."
"Parents please encourage your kids as much as possible. Weldone Queen."
"Well done girl. You are going places already I’m super proud of you."
"Wetin concern dem if you dey do man work. Na dem dey pay your bill? Continue ur wok. If na husband bend down and select dem well well."
"God will continue blessing u for the never relay on government statement, hard work is the best."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported about a 26-year-old Nigerian lady who is a tanker driver.
Before now, she was a Keke driver, but a day came when she saw a female tanker driver and she was blown away. From then on, her mind was made up.
"I should say I have passion for it. I have a passion for driving. Before now, I was a Keke driver. I love everything about driving. But I saw a lady driving truck, a lady doing a man's work. I was like wow, I can also do this since I have a passion for driving.
"I learned how to make hair when I was in secondary. I know how to make hair perfectly, but I just said I should step up my game," she told Legit.ng.