I am a 19 year old female from Nigeria from a family of 7. I am currently studying Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering at the Federal University of Technology Minna. Our mother died in 2006 and the care for the family’s welfare became solely that of my father who is a public servant. I have always wanted to study either an engineering or architectural course. This is because in the region of Nigeria where I come from not many women are in these fields.
I intend to become an Agricultural Engineer with emphasis on the fabrication of agricultural tools which at the moment are mainly imported into Nigeria. I hope to focus also on the needs of the rural populace in my country where poverty prevails and the farmers are only subsistent farmers. The skills I shall acquire from my training will help me to establish a cottage training shield for mostly community youths from our villages. I will give preference to the girls who usually do not have the opportunity to advance to higher education.
I am glad I was admitted to read an engineering course but I knew that it goes with a lot of financial demands which could be an added stress to my father. WAAW Foundation scholarship will enable me acquire the necessary tools required for my practical and field projects. I intend to use part of the grant to buy my text books as well. On completion of my degree program I hope to use the knowledge acquired to raise women engineers in my community through advocacy and other activities. I am really grateful to WAAW Foundation and the sponsors for finding me worthy to be given the scholarship. I promise to do my best to justify the kind gesture. I will live to be a true ambassador of WAAW Foundation in my community.
Mercy Aboh was one of the STEM Camp Counselors in our just concluded 2013 STEM Camp.