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Reading: Woman Who Developed Passion for Automotive Industry Since Childhood Becomes Outstanding Mechanic
Reading: Woman Who Developed Passion for Automotive Industry Since Childhood Becomes Outstanding Mechanic

Woman Who Developed Passion for Automotive Industry Since Childhood Becomes Outstanding Mechanic

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Festus Conteh
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Despite having just turned 20 years old, Sarah Wanjiku is far from being idle while at her garage in Nyeri town, where she sports the customary attire of a mechanic Wanjiku hails from Nyeri and grew up as one of five siblings, and it was during her childhood that she first discovered her passion for the automotive industry According to Wanjiku, one of the biggest challenges in the automotive industry is the risk of accidental damage when working on a customer’s vehicle


At the Nyeri town matatu terminus, Sarah Wanjiku, a 20-year-old automobile repairer, is clad in her usual work attire of blue overalls, black sports shoes, and a black cap, ready to begin her routine.


Born in Nyeri and raised in a family of five, Wanjiku attended Temple Road Primary School and later completed her studies at Riamukurwe Secondary School in 2019.


Wanjiku’s passion for the automotive industry began during her childhood, and after completing high school, she immediately began training as an electric wiring mechanic.


“Immediately after I completed my high school studies in 2019, I embarked on training as a mechanic, specialising in electrical wiring,” she said. “It took me two years to gain the required skills,” narrated Wanjiku Despite societal prejudices that often discourage women from pursuing non-traditional jobs, Wanjiku credits her family for their unwavering support and encouragement to follow her heart


One of the challenges Wanjiku faces in her profession is the risk of accidentally damaging a customer’s vehicle while repairing it.


However, Wanjiku emphasizes the importance of continuous learning and unlearning to improve her skills as an expert in her field.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.