Cecilia Nyiva - the Thika Road Compactor Operator

Cecilia Nyiva is not your ordinary lady, her work at the Nairobi-Thika Highway is on that you wouldn't expect a lady to be doing. With an ability to speak 5 languages, Cecilia is the driver of a compactor, the pneumatic roller at LOT2 - SinoHyro Corp.

Cecilia Nyiva

Cecilia Nyiva

The first time I saw her was at Utalii Expressway during the final paving and she kept moving the roller back and forth for close to 30mins. Interesting, again at Roysambu I came across her doing what she does best and the third time was still at Roysambu but a later date. This time round she dismounted the pneumatic roller and we had a chat. Its very much true she can speak 5 foreign languages. Amazingly, she has worked on Mombasa Road (A104).

Pneumatic Compactor which Cecilia operates

Pneumatic Compactor which Cecilia operates

Cecilia has inspired many ladies who thought such jobs were only reserved for men. This much goes to show that any work can be done by either gender. She pops the hood of the panting engine skillfully despite the hot air that gushes out. Carefully adjusts knobs and within 5 minutes the machine is trotting on the smooth bitumen surface. I was shocked. This she tells me is no hard job and she enjoys every bit of it and also to the astonishment of fellow male colleagues.

Here at Thika Road Blog would like to wish here all the best in her endeavour.

See Cecilia at work here

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