In oil boom, happy to drive a truck by day, a cab by night

Elsie Ejismekwu came to the North Dakota oil fields. She drives a truck by day and a taxi by night.

Independent radio producer Todd Melby has been working on a series, "Black Gold Boom," about the people taking part in -- or getting swept up in -- the oil boom in western North Dakota. The boom has brought tens of thousands of new workers to the state.

For a lot of them, it's a chance to start over. In this segment, Todd talks to Elsie Ejismekwu, who drives a truck by day and a taxi by night.

"I went through a divorce and we had a five bedroom house that we had to sell and the market was so low on it and I just wanted a fresh start."

Todd Melby's series, "Black Gold Boom," is an initiative of Prairie Public and the Association for Independents in Radio.

About the author

Todd Melby is a North Dakota-based reporter covering the oil boom for public media project Black Gold Boom: How Oil Changed North Dakota.


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