This is a series that interrogates how emerging, and established women in Africa whose choice of work is changing occupational stereotypes by getting involved in 'male professions' and also identity function in the profession.

Traditionally, women are excused from certain occupations. However, in contemporary times, women are reengineering our society to witness a shift. It is no news that females in our society are forging new, fresh paths, on several fronts ranging from primary jobs to politics and on to leadership. Now, we have a lot of women pushing the scope of impediments to establishing themselves in professions inherently set aside for men. Most take it up, not because of the monetary compensations, but for passion, without giving much consideration to the clog of stress I bomber.

In my part of the world, photography was majorly practiced by men and taking on the profession, I get queries from different people, some strangers, about the motive behind my choice of career. Some ask why I do not consider more 'feminine vocations'. At work, people often refer to me as a tomboy, a language that I dislike. Using the portraits of the females dressed in their bespoke outfits to debunk the fact that we are tom-boys. In this series, I aim to spotlight and celebrate young women like myself who have braved lesser-travelled paths and have managed to remain on track. Furthermore, I hope this body of work challenges other women shackled by societal limitations to move in the way of their hearts.

Honorable mention in MMEG.

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