Meet Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemo – the Pregnant Tricycle (keke) Rider

The first time you meet Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemo in her tricycle (keke), what quickly runs through your mind is, how does this woman cope in a business exclusively reserved for men by society?

If you live in Lagos, you will understand why the wonder because a typical Lagos tricycle or  keke rider is rough, uncouth and ever-ready to break all traffic rules and even ram into your care with no qualms.

They don’t give a damn about pedestrians because they’re even willing  to run on pedestrian walks or even knock down a pedestrian without the blink of an eye.

But here is a woman roughing it out amongst these men Lagos residents love to hate but can’t do anything about because they provide essential transportation services, and of course filling the yawning holes dug by government’s inability to provide working and efficient transportation services for the people.

For me, it’s okay finding a woman in a business supposedly reserved for the boys with muscles and brawn. After all, women are gradually standing their own. But what caught me mouth agape is that Mrs. Adeyemo is heavily pregnant. Can you beat that?

Please madam, how did you get into this keke (tricycle) business?

Storried Meet Mrs. Olayinka

“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.”

Well, the next time you see Mrs. Adeyemo; it could be with her baby strapped to her back or at a corner of the motor-park breastfeeding her baby. What that means is that in today’s world, all the barriers have been broken. And women have no excuse.

 

 

 

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Meet Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemo – the Pregnant Tricycle (keke) Rider

The first time you meet Mrs. Olayinka Adeyemo in her tricycle (keke), what quickly runs through your mind is, how does this woman cope in a business exclusively reserved for men by society?

If you live in Lagos, you will understand why the wonder because a typical Lagos tricycle or keke rider is rough, uncouth and ever-ready to break all traffic rules and even ram into your care with no qualms.

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