Standing in front of me was an woman. the proud driver of the cab i was about to board. i was thrown aback. i have heard of the lady cabbies in the city of portharcourt. but this was the my first time of actually having a first hand contact and interaction with one. the role of women in parks were always limited to selling food and accessories to passengers and drivers alike. but not anymore.
women are beginning to dare into forbidden territories. and just i was still imagining how difficult and odd this strange job will be for this brave woman when she showed me a real display of how well she can do the job; handling a haggling tout with a perfect combination of some amazing boldness and diplomacy. and her driving wasn't bad at all. she knew all the shortcuts and all the cab drivers' tricks.
I was nothing short of amazed at this lady cab driver. though the passengers' acceptance of her was below average. she got criticized for anything and everything especially the female passengers. comment like "that's how women drive", "madam what are you doing?", "madam do this and do that". these the female driver handled equally in a very professional way; blocking her ear with her earphones.
No doubt, what a man can do, a woman can do even better. i just hope Nigeria gets a female president soon.