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I out performed nine men in exams at NIWA- Engr.  Sarat Braimah 



Maritime Lifestyle guest for this week, Engineer Sarat Omolara Braimah, is the Lagos Area Manager, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).

Lagos area is the one with the busiest activities on waterways and it is also the area that generates the highest revenue for the authority, no doubt.

Such area requires a capable hand to direct its activities for efficiency and productivity.

Even though Engineer Sarat is a female, aside her academic qualifications, her level of intelligence, ruggedness, passion for service and firmness in decision making, qualify her for the position.

She is a combination of brain and beauty. Sarat has a compelling beauty that makes both men and women alike to look at her again and again.


Sarat never disappoints in her day to day alluring look through her gaily dress, she is friendly to a fault but firm.

She narrated how she once beat nine men to come first in an examination. To her, the experience excites her all the time.

She is an Engineer by training and she does not cave in to challenges, she claims.

Enjoy your weekend as you read this piece and watch the fascinating pictures of our guest for the week.

Q. What is your name?
A. My name is Sarat Omolara Braimah.

Q. Where are you from?
A. I am from Ilorin in Kwara state but my husband is from Lagos State.

Q. What’s your favourite food?
A. I love to eat Amala a lot because ewedu and gbegiri is our food in Ilorin.
I also love wara.

Q . What is your favourite colour?
A. I love yellow and blue colours.
I love blue because it is the colour of the ocean and I love yellow because it is a bright colour.

Q. How do you relax?
A  I love partying a lot especially the fact that I married a Lagosian. I party a lot.

Q. Tell us some of your experiences that you can never forget
A.  A lot of experiences but the one that readily comes to mind is when I was given an appointment to work in National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), I was living in Ilorin and I went to Abuja and was given the appointment, I had never heard the name before in my life.

I was wondering what they were doing there and my grandmother jokingly said I would be entering inside water.

When I got to Lokoja, I saw my uncle and asked why he put me in the agency because the environment was very drab and I was the only female.

There were more than two hundred of us in the marine department and I was the only female.

I said to myself that after all I was used to being in the midst of men as an Engineering student in the higher institution.

During postings, they posted ten of us to Warri Area Office for our tutelage and every week, we were on water swimming and all other activities.

So, one day, the General Manager, Marine came and said they wanted to set examinations for us so that they would know where to post us to after the test.

We wrote the exams and I came out the best among them.

To me, that is a good experience.

Q. As a beautiful and charming woman, how do you escape the grip of men who might want to have you?
A. I am married, they can see ring on my hand.

Q. How was your growing up like?
A. I grew up with my grandmother in the local Ilorin village where we were singing local songs.

Q. Can you tell us the schools you attended?
A. I attended Queens School in Ilorin, from there, I went to Kwara State Polytechnic, from there to Federal University of Technology in Minna, Niger state

I did my Masters at the Federal University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

I did a programme in Lloyd University in the UK.

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