A Kenyan woman has made her country proud after she was awarded the prestigious Best Driver award in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Ms Peris Wangechi
It was a memorable occasion for Nairobi single-mum as she was on Thursday crowned the best taxi driver in Dubai by the United Arab Emirates government.
In a report published by Nairobi News, Ms Peris Wangechi, who has been a taxi driver for six years with Dubai Taxi Corporation, became the first Kenyan to win the award by the Dubai police for her exceptional services and conduct.
The Dubai police department rewards taxi drivers annually with certificates and monetary gifts on the basis of zero accidents, zero traffic offenses and zero black points on their driving licence.
Speaking of her joy in an interview on Friday, Ms Wangechi said: “It was overwhelming since it was a surprise and I least expected it especially from the senior police sergeants.”
The 35-year-old single mother from Mukurwe-ini, Nyeri County, told Nairobi News that her family lives in Kahawa West.
She moved to Dubai 10 years ago leaving behind her then three-year-old son under the care of her mother in Nairobi. Ms Wangechi has in the past received internal recognition and salary increments from her employer Dubai Taxi Corporation for being an excellent driver.
The staunch Christian had to learn how to wear a hijab during working hours. The hijab is part of the company’s official uniform.