Those who have come across Sharon will tell you that she does not always talk for the sake of talking.
Nwamadi is a taxi operator with the Greater Santaco Jo’burg region and also an ordinary member of the Rabbie Ridge Taxi Association (RRTA), where she once served as general secretary.
Always reserved, Nwamadi, who prefers to lead from the back, talks only when there is a need too.
“I guess that is what makes me a bit different from some of my colleagues. I rather hear first what the main gist of the issues. As you know that as an industry we are in the crossroads of one of the greatest challenges of our time with the COVID-19 pandemic having shattered the whole world in terms of economies and social lives,” says Nwamadi.
She feels that men in the transport sector, and more so those in the male-dominated taxi industry, are starting to take notice of the rapid rise of women operators making a mark in the industry as well.
“Women’s voices are growing and starting to be heard one by one at a time as they too begin to flex their muscles and demand a slice of the pie in what they believe is the next big thing after big corporates like Coca-Cola and Microsoft,” says Nwamadi.
In 2017, Nwamadi was part of the Women In the Taxi industry group that attended classes at the Wits School of Governance.
She graduated with flying colours during which time she and others learned and got equipped with skills in crucial areas ranging from business financial management, leadership skills and business communication skills.
“Many of us feel that it was just what we needed because some of us were just thrown into the deep ends by circumstances to be in this business. However we grew to love it as time progresses,” says Nwamadi.
Her main wish is to see many women in different sectors of the economy taking charge of those positions once seen as predominantly male dens because the time for women to be part of the growing crop of the new drivers of the economy is now.
“We need to earn our stripes in the corporate and public spheres based on merits. Otherwise, we would forever be seen as owing our existence and claim to positions we now occupy to men while that is not true,” assets Nwamadi, who holds a Bachelor degree in social sciences.
She is the head of labour at Santaco Greater Jo’burg Region and is also treasurer for the region’s women’s desk.