Many news outlets in the United Arab Emirates have written about an extraordinary woman who goes about her daily routine on motorbike to deliver pizzas door-to-door across the city. Her story and the job she does caught the attention of news hounds not only because she’s a woman but because she’s the very first woman to take on the venture which has made her a role model of sorts. Her name is Gift Preye Solomon, a Nigerian national who came to the Arab nation with yet another extraordinary story of courage.
“I am very proud of what I do, I do not just break stereotypes, I have the opportunity to be a part of people’s day and share a smile with them, even for a minute,” she said.
Since she started delivering pizzas some months ago, Gift Preye Solomon who hails hails from Ese Udo local government area of Ondo State has been a source of inspiration to some other women who are afraid to step out of the stereotype shadows into the men’s territory to eke out a living.
When asked why she’s encouraging other women to join her, she said:
“Because I feel that, as women, we limit ourselves too much, and it starts to seem normal to people, that there are certain things / jobs that a woman cannot or can do. I think that this is wrong, there are women who feel exactly how I feel, but do not have the opportunity that I have, so this is a wake-up call for all of us. If Gift can do it, you can do it too.
“I am not saying all women should start being delivery riders, what I am saying is, just do what ever makes you happy without caring about your gender. It doesn’t have to make sense as long as you are happy.”
Gift Preye Solomon migrated to the United Arab Emirates arrived in 2015. After a challenging and a rather rough beginning difficult she found a job with Freedom Pizzas, tending to customers and answering telephones After many years and a tour of different designations, she decided she wanted to be a delivery rider.
It was a decision that shocked everyone at the company because she had already risen to the managerial level but the Ondo lady who grew up in Benin City, Edo State in Nigeria was on a mission to address some certain narratives in life and particularly about women.
“There are some people who think it’s not accurate for me to be a rider… being a rider is not something I was forced into (it’s what I want to do). I know I can do it and I’m doing it, to set an example for people,” she added.
Gift hopes her story can serve as an inspiration and encouragement to other Nigerian youth to always embrace hard work regardless of their circumstances.
Her greatest wish is to see more women taking on daring opportunities as she herself continues to effortlessly break gender stereotypes one delivery at a time.