Gift David is a 24-year old female barber who has battled adversity and risen from its ashes. Now, through her choice of profession and story, she’s a source of inspiration to others. Having coined her own narrative in a male-dominated profession, Gift continues to inspire many especially young girls that they can rise above social constructs to achieve whatever they dream of becoming.
The 24-year-old part-time mass communication student tells of her determination and how she had to convince male customers that she is good at her job. Also, she talks about her aspiration to become one of the most celebrated female barbers in Nigeria.
‘I can’t really say because it was not planned.. as at the time, I usually pass time in a barbershop, so I thought, it won’t be nice just sitting here without helping out. So I started helping out by washing customers’ hair and applying aftershave. I started finding it interesting and wanted to do more, that was how it began, ‘ the Akwa-Ibom born female barber said. With regards striking a balance between school and work, Gift said it has not been easy.
She said: ”Combining school and work is really not easy, it can be extremely stressful and tiring but it’s worth it.. when I’m at work, it’s all about work but whenever it’s time for school and studying, it’s a very important time that I try to make sure every minute counts.. still pushing it.”’ About the challenges of being a female barber, she said: ‘The harsh reality is that, no matter how good you are, there are people who will not take you seriously because of your gender. I have had customers who won’t allow me touch their hair because I’m a woman,” Gift said.