Goldfishes have no hiding place, so I guess this is why Ayo could not find a hiding place either. My first contact with her was on Twitter when I was looking out for women in male-dominated industries.
I had an open mind while I was on the lookout but my thought had not given me the clue that I 'd stumble a sweet female Mechanic.
Ayotunde Sofela is a 25-year-old Mechanic from Abeokuta in Ogun state. Born and bred in the boisterous city of Lagos and a 400 level computer science student at the National Open University (NOUN). She is the dedicated hands behind Ayomatics Garage, a young startup focused on delivering efficient, reliable, and trustworthy automobile repair, maintenance and consultation.
"I didn’t always have this passion from childhood. Like most children, I wanted to grow up to be a doctor. I think that was influenced by the fact that I spent my childhood days in the midst of medical practitioners. When I got into a secondary school, that idea changed. I discovered that I could not stand the sight of blood and that made medicine a no-go area for me. I also noticed I had a flare for watching car race movies. I wanted to read up on anything that has to do with cars, so I started thinking I’ll study mechanical engineering when I gain admission. To cut the long story short, I developed a passion for cars and that was what drove me into this career," she elatedly reveals.
Seeing cars come in with problems and leave totally problem free and also seeing her clients happy is her greatest source of motivation.
"Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don't let anyone limit your dreams."
-Donovan Bailey"One of the biggest challenges I had was my health. I am asthmatic which sometimes compels me to stay away from dust, smoke, fumes from fuels and other things. My kind of career brings me in direct contact with these things but I was determined to become successful."
One of the most recognizable things about Ayo is her strong connection with her Creator. She identifies herself as a proud Christian.
"I have put my whole heart into this and prayed to God to see me through. My being here is evidence of his mercies and I remain grateful," she says.
There is a trend of people delving into career or business paths that they are not passionate about but Ayo has advice for the new kid on the block who wants to come on board.
"My advice to anyone who wants to dive into a career like this is that they should put passion first and follow up with hard work. You are not going to make it overnight, it takes time. The industry is not a very easy going one, if you don’t put in a lot of studying and hard work and diligence you will find that over time the stress will make you lose interest."
Going about the fact that she is in a male-dominated industry, one will be curious to know the reaction she gets from people about her chosen profession.
"Most people are shocked at first because it’s not an unusual sight to see a lady working as a mechanic but we always eventually get along very well," she says with an air of excitement.
Outside the confines of her workshop, she certainly has a beautiful life as a young woman. During my spare time, she is either reading up for school or hanging out with her fiancé and friends.
If you would love to get in touch with Ayo, check her up via:
Facebook: Ayomatics Autogarage
Call/Whatsapp: 08182481299, 08181672021