She is a Lagos Cabbie (tricycle rider) – called Keke Nepap in Nigeria. Mrs Olayinka Adeyemo is heavily pregnant and still works hard.
She spoke to Storried why she is still working especially in a job exclusively reserved for men by society.
It is widely known that Lagos is known for rough drivers who break all traffic rules at will especially when ‘keke’ riders are added to the list. However, she says what a man can do a woman can do better.
Read the extract from the interview below:
Please madam, how did you get into this keke (tricycle) business?
“My brother, I’m a graduate, but rather than stay idle coupled with the responsibility of taking care of my young family, a friend of mine encouraged me to take-up this business. First, I got this tricycle through a hire-purchase arrangement from this friend, but now it’s mine because I’m done with paying up the cost of the tricycle.”
How does it feel operating in a man’s world?
“I don’t feel any different. I’m working and the men are working too. The difference is that I get more considerations from bus-stop touts who milk us of our earnings because I’m a woman, and when they see my protruding tummy, they just let me be”.
And your condition?
“I’m only pregnant. I’m not sick. Yes, I’m often tired, but this work is all I have to contribute to my family economy and meet my personal needs”. And your husband? “He‘s been very supportive and my children and family members know this is what I do for a living and they respect me for that”.
Are making a lot of money?
“I wouldn’t say a lot of money, but it’s better than staying idle, and waiting for my husband to do everything for me.”
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