First Lady Mechanic in Nigeria

By Esosa Aihie

Award winning Nigerian, Engineer Sandra Aguebor, the First Lady Mechanic in Nigeria??the Founder and CEO of Lady Mechanic Initiative® (LMI) has been hosted or invited to meet many First Ladies of the Presidents, Vice Presidents of Nigeria??Germany??the United States??and Finland??She has also partnered with the First Ladies of Nigeria, Edo State and other States in Nigeria??to drive the empowerment of women and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds especially those failed by the education system, trafficked or working as sex slaves, single parents, child-labour victims, and others stigmatised by cultural, religious and gender biases.

The First Lady Mechanic of Nigeria??has been featured by CNN on four different occasions and by BBC World Service, ALJAZEERA and other major media houses. The lady mechanic won the Documentary ‘MY NIGERIA’ on ALJAZEERA at the New York Film Festival in 2017.

LMI is currently working in partnership with Edo State government and the Germany’s??GIZ to train Edo State female Libyan returnees. 

The First Lady of Germany visited LMI workshops in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016. 

Sandra Aguebor’s initiatives to empower girls and women have been recognised by the Presidents, Vice Presidents and First Ladies of Nigeria??Germany??the United States??Finland??Edo State, Lagos State, Kano State and other States in Nigeria?? 

Sandra was invited by Nigeria’s President for a meeting with the former IMF boss, Christine Lagarde, now Head of the European Bank (ECB) in Abuja. 

Engineer Sandra Aguebor was also invited by the American Consulate to the White House and 7 other states in the United States??to visit car manufacturers. 

In collaboration with Edo State government, Sandra’s LMI revitalised the fleet of the State’s public vehicles promptly and to a standard that amazed the State Governor. Governor Obaseki said he was very impressed by the work Sandra had done to revive the hundreds of State owned vehicles. 

Lady Mechanic Initiative® (LMI), an NGO, established in 2004 to empower vulnerable girls and women with mechanical and technical skills for a better life. LMI provide comprehensive hands-on skills training and classroom curriculum in auto mechanic/electrician, professional driving, generator repairs, speedboat repairs and house plumbing. 

LMI has over 2,000 female Technicians working with various car companies in Nigeria and other parts of the world; 250 female mechanics in Benin City; over 650 members of the Lady Mechanic Association of Nigeria. 

The Lady Mechanic After-School Club, an initiative conceived by LMI and funded by the MacArthur Foundation, Illinois, Chicago, to create awareness for girls in Secondary Schools about opportunities for economic, personal and social empowerment available through the Lady Mechanic skill acquisition programmes.

Sandra’s compelling work with women and girls have also been recognised by the late Oba of Benin HM Erediauwa, and the current Oba of Benin HM Ewaure I and the Lagos State government. The late Oba Erediauwa provided LMI with plots of land to expand and build upon its model in Benin City. LMI also acquired plots of land in Lagos to also expand its operation. 

A GFundMe page been set up to build an Academy, Garage and Hostel in Lagos and Edo States to continue the work of empowering girls and women in Nigeria and Africa.

Give this compelling initiative and help Sandra actualise her laudable vision to make a difference in the lives of hundreds and thousands of vulnerable girls and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Author: nmmin

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