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Some passengers don’t enter my bus because a lady is driving – Female student who makes living as bus driver

  • Nigeria ladies are seemingly braving new trends and disrupting the current societal pattern that had been in play in the country
  • – Before now it is a Nigeria ‘thing’ for the male folks to ply their trade as bus drivers but that too may soon change
  • – Onyesom Faustina Onyinyechi is a Nigeria lady who makes her living as a bus driver 

Change, it is said, is the only thing that remains constant and this saying applies to all spheres and field of endeavour.

For an occupation as bus driving, before now, which used to be the job of the men, ladies are fast taking to it. Onyesom Faustina Onyinyechi, an undergraduate of Imo State University (IMSU), works as a bus driver in the city of Owerri. 

Some passengers don’t enter my bus because a lady is driving – Female student who makes living as bus driver 

The Abia state indigene told newsmen that she took to bus driving during the lockdown as her quest to get a means of making an income led her to its doorsteps. 

Currently in her 400-level reading optometry, she described her experience so far as tough and challenging particularly gender discrimination she faces on the job.

According to her male drivers usually throw tantrums at her. “Some drivers look down on me or even throw tantrums at me because I am a lady. “I face discrimination from passengers as well as some won’t enter because a lady is driving.”

Other challenges akin to the job, Faustina explained, include poor condition of roads, hike in fuel price and some times scarcity of passengers.

On her parents’ reaction to what she engages in, she said her parents, especially her mum are still in shock that she took to this kind of occupation.

The fashion designing enthusiast and self-dubbed “hustler” hopes to set up her own transportation company some day. Onyinyechi further advised ladies to hustle right as “there is no limit to what you can do” just as she reminded the men that there are still ladies out there who make a living legitimately.

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