Susanna Adjakie-Apekor: Meet an amazing 9 year old girl who repairs motorcycles
Most kids her age cry for ice cream, some watch cartoons, some still play outside, but Susanna Adjakie Apekor is different.
At the age of three, she already developed an interest in motorcycles, began to learn a job and repaired her first motorcycle around the age of six.
Susanna has now become a professional motorcycle repairer, she talks to the BBC in Pidgin saying “at my age I get in shape, teach anyone how to fix motorcycles”.
How she first developed her interest in motorcycles
Susanna talks to the BBC. Pidgin says that around the age of three her father comes to visit her and her mother, but he always says he’s busy.
So one day, he explained to me the motorcycles he was repairing and keeping me busy.
So she decides to say that she is going like going with her father to learn how to repair motorcycles.
As a mother, who likes the idea of switching to the father’s side, she spends more time with me – but when she starts spending more time for the repair shop.
As a father, Awudu talks to BBC Pidgin at the start, he thinks she is not going to see upstairs, but quickly she starts and learns the surprise.
In no time, she’s already learning chaw tricks for the store, which is unusual for her age.
But in order for her to be so good that the mother gives me permission to teach the daughter, he continues to teach me.
According to Awudu, for the moment, no mechanical faults have occurred on the motorcycle, while Susanna could not be repaired.
Combining school motorcycle repairs
During the day, Susanna goes to school like any ordinary child.
She was the third grade of elementary school for Christ Victory School, Dodowa.
Susanna speaks to BBC from Pidgin: “After school closes, I’m going to change and go to work”.
“My dad taught me how to repair a motorcycle,” she adds.
Over the years, she repairs the engine, crankshaft, rear brake, changes chain and sprocket, tightens chain boxes.
“My classmates say they will help me someday”
Unlike most of the kids in her school, Susanna and her age mates already know that she is learning mechanical skills.
They make me unique for the sake of more school mates whom they encourage to continue with motorcycle repairs.
“My classmates talk to me, say make me continue … And go help me one day” she said.
“My teachers say they say I’m helping my dad,” she told BBC Pidgin.
“I want to learn how to repair planes”
Susanna has ambitions for the future where she will have her own workshop as an auto mechanic.
But that’s only part of her dream, she knows how to fix planes.
“When I grow up, I want to learn how to repair planes, cars and boats,” she reveals.