Khadijah Fofana is one of the youngest female civil engineers in The Gambia.
In a recent interview with Educating For Africa's Future, she explained that pursuing a career in STEM keeps you physically and mentally engaged at all times.
“It’s exciting and at the same time challenges you to become better each day. The beauty of STEM is that it is results-based and you actually get to see the difference you are creating in the lives of people.”
According to her, she studied civil engineering because the STEM is the future.
“STEM is the future and I always wanted to be a part of that. I want to make a difference in this country and I believe one of the best ways to achieve that is to pursue a career in Civil Engineering for Infrastructural development in particular. The Gambia has tremendous potential if we focus on sustainable energy, Infrastructural development and agriculture we would become an exemplary country in Africa. I want to be a part of that process and my knowledge in Civil Engineering has given me the opportunity to do so.”
Khadijah disclosed that working in a male-dominated field is not easy, but she’s lucky to bag a job in a company where they look past gender and respects her professional skills.
However, she said: “Being female in construction still comes with its challenges. People always think you are in the wrong field or assume that you are physically not up to the task. Some people even ask you what you are doing at a Construction site not knowing that it’s your job. I get a lot of surprise reactions from people and I always have to prove that am up for the task before I am taken seriously as compared to my male colleagues.”
The young civil engineer added: “If you truly want to make a difference in this world, join a STEM program and stand a chance of being part of the greatest revolution in the world.”
Khadijah attended one of India’s best private universities, Sharda University.