The Nigerian Woman Training Female Mechanics


A Nigerian woman has introduced girls from a conservative society in Sokoto to the world of mechanics.

Fatima Adamu, who is founder of the non-profit organisation Nana: Girls and Women Empowerment Initiative, has opened a workshop for the girls.

Some 25 young mechanic apprentices aged 18 and over are getting to the end of two years of training.

The girls applied for the rare opportunity and had a hard time convincing their parents to allow them to be trained in the male dominated field.

Ms Adamu told the BBC’s Newsday that the girls were willing to learn, and proved wrong those in society who viewed the field as masculine.

“It is so empowering and it is something to be proud of,” she said.

“They are making money out of it now and it is encouraging,” she continued.

Ms Adamu was planning to end the training programme but a large number of girls have already reached out for the next intake.

She hopes the success of the first cohort has helped the society to accept that women too, can excel in that field.