Priscilla nurses dream of manufacturing own brand automobiles

PRISCILLA Otumfuor Mustapha, 21, is a Level 200 Higher National Diploma Automobile Engineering student at Ho Technical University (HTU), with big dreams to manufacture her own brand of automobiles.   

“I will start moulding my own models of vehicles in six years,” she told Ghanaian Times in a chat at the campus recently.   

This was after the HTU-Japan Motors Trading Company Vehicle Service Centre was inauguratedat the HTU.

According to Priscilla, her father who deals in heavy duty trucks and trailers made a positive influence on her.   

“I have always loved cars from my childhood and wanted to know more about cars, and so I often spent time drawing cars and carriages,” she said.   

Priscilla, a member of the International Central Gospel Church, Rhema Temple at Medie in Accra, said she already had designs of the models of the cars and heavy-duty vehicles she would come out with.   

However, she would not give out details now on the models, saying that was her “industrial secret.”  

She insisted that Ghana needed more women in engineering and said she would convince as many girls as possible to venture in such area.   

Priscilla noted that “when boys go into catering at school, no one makes fun of them, but when girls go into engineering everybody sees them as though they had made awkward choices.”   

However, she said that the negative comments from some people, including some of her course mates, such as “boy girl” and “man woman” did not deter her.   

I want to make a difference and prove the skeptics wrong.   

The pretty young woman who speaks English, French and Twi, said that she loved playing football, singing and dancing in addition to drawing.   

Priscilla entreated girls to study diligently towards a bright future.

“Remain focused on your career dreams; women are serving as Generals in the army, women are flying aircrafts, women are playing football, so women can design and mould their own cars and do whatever men can do,” she said.

FROM ALBERTO MARIO NORETTI, HO     

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