29 Jun My Love for Automobile: NAOMI OBOREVWORI
Meet Naomi Oborevwori, a 2020 WAAW Foundation scholarship beneficiary. She is a Meachinacl Engineering at Delta State University Nigeria and she currently an intern at an automobile workshop. Naomi shares her story about her love and interest in automobile.
The mystery behind the operation of the automobile has always been fascinating. How the mere setting of an engines timing could determine the start and movement of a car? How the four pistons of an engine a pair each moves in the opposite direction? These things amaze me. It is one thing that would make me smile on a bad day.
Growing up, I craved to just touch them but this wish couldn’t be granted. As a ten-year-old, the best I was allowed to mess with were spoilt torchlight. They weren’t so close to automobile but it was just fine since I won’t be yelled at for dismantling them. Whenever I saw an automobile move across my street that inner curiosity and joy was immediately rekindled. All these pushed me hard to want to have access to an automobile which matured to my choice of study. It was not an easy one considering the fact that they were just three universities in my country that offered automobile engineering as a program. They happened to be universities I had no hope of attending due to cost of funding and so I made a decision to study mechanical engineering in a possible university.Having the support of people was quite difficult. when I was about to sit for my Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) examination (JAMB is a Nigerian entrance examination board for tertiary-level institutions), I made my intentions known to my family concerning my choice of course. They were all against it for the society sees it abnormal for a lady to study engineering and it would limit excellence. Each day I met one or two persons for advice and they told me the exact same thing and was advised to lower my expectations for the engineering profession. After many pleas, my parents granted.
As a mechanical engineering student in a Nigerian university, it is a well-known fact that the ratio of theoretical to practical work isn’t quite encouraging. Hence I had to search for an alternative to improve on my skills. I concluded to work in an automobile workshop during my school holidays to derive joy and satisfy such a desire. Luckily my automobile internship makes me feel a step closer towards achieving my dreams. Being around those who know so much about automobile makes me realize that I still have a long way to go and it gives me the courage I need to learn and build myself.
Personally, I am challenged to change the idea of females not being fit for specific professions in our society. My dream was bigger than the society could see and I am determined to strive harder for it. There’s still a long way ahead and I will keep pushing.
To young females out there, never limit your dreams because of what the world thinks, fight for what you believe in because you too can excel in what you set your mind to. Always remember you are a woman and as women we are powerful. Let’s challenge ourselves more to change our society.