ASKiNGRADiO.com | News | Manila, Philippines | April 30, 2019
In this interview with ASKiNG RADiO Senior Reporter KiNG JAMES YiYE, Queen says as a kid, aircrafts seemed magical to her and she wanted to know the secret behind those big birds flying with so much load.
Where were you born?
I was born on the 5th of September, 1990 and raised in Adikpo, kwande LGA Benue State.
What Schools did you attend? (Primary School to University)
Primary Education – Anendah Memorial Nursery and Primary School, Adikpo. (set 2000)
Secondary Education – Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Gboko. (2000 – 2006)
Tertiary Education – for my first bachelor’s degree. I took B. Sc Computer Science in Benue State University (2007 – 2011).
For the 2nd Bachelor’s Degree, I took up B.s Aeronautical Engineering at PATTS College of Aeronautics, Manila, Philippines from 2014 – 2017.
I transferred from PATTS College of Aeronautics to Holy Angel University, Angeles City, Philippines continued with B.s Aeronautical Engineering from 2017 to 2019.
I graduated from Holy Angel University.
Why did you choose Aeronautical Engineering?
Due to my inquisitive and audacious nature. As a kid, I was always fascinated by aircrafts. They seemed very magical to me.
I questioned why something so big and heavy would fly without falling. As I grew older I became more and more interested in them. But know one could really satisfy my curiosity about them.
The day I made up my mind to take up aeronautical engineering.
I asked myself, what is the biggest challenge I have ever faced?
I couldn’t find any. Everything I ever did seemed so basic.
I quickly dared myself to take up the biggest challenge I could think of (Aircrafts). I did a quick research, not so many Nigerians were into the engineering aspect of aviation. Those who were in the aviation industry were all pilots. Very little number were aeronautical engineers. Especially women, not even up to 10 Nigerian women at that time were aeronautical engineers. And voila!!, I found my big challenge and immediately made up my mind to go for aeronautical engineering.
The 2nd reason was to inspire people, especially women. A lot of people think aviation is a bit abstract and kind of scary. I figured if a very petite small town girl like me could achieve being an aeronautical engineer. It will encourage a lot of women to go for it or bigger things in life.
What was the role of your parents in influencing this choice?
My parents are extremely supportive parents. They also are the kind of parents that don’t hold their children back or force their decisions on you. That has made me very independent as far as decision making is concerned. As long as you are doing the right thing and on the right track, they will be 101% with you. They never asked me to go into the aviation industry or become an aeronautical engineer, I solely made that decision and they supported me. My late dad, Dr. L. Tardoo-Tsav initially wanted me to be a medical doctor because he was one. But, after a while he figured I was on a different path and he supported me like any good parent would do.
What do you think of the Tiv tribe?
The Tiv community is made up of greatness with so much potential yet to be explored. Very hard working, passionate and dedicated people. We just need to channel all that we have to a right path, support and inspire each other to achieve even greater things as one in unity.
What would you say has worked for you being Tiv?
Being Tiv and growing up in Tiv land, I learnt a lot of valuable lessons from my experiences and those of the people that surrounded me. Also learnt and is still learning morals and a lot more from our culture and traditions. That has developed me into the person that I am today. I will forever be grateful for that and proud to be Tiv.
What’s next for you?
What’s next for me is to develop myself more as a person and as an aeronautical engineer. My journey in the aviation industry is just starting, a lot of work, research and learning to do, licenses to attain, diplomas and so much more. I am mentally and physically ready for all that so help me God.
KiNG JAMES YiYE conducts this interview online from Manila, Philippines