Turning that Disability into Ability (Part One) – Cobhams Asuquo…

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Being disabled is the thing that could to anybody; the pain of not being to act like others, having to on everyone for everything depending on form of disability one has and the degree of the

To worsen the case, the kind of we have around us don’t matters, they sometimes us feel worse with words but hey, we can turn disability around into

We don’t have to sit down and in our pains and suffering because we are

I’m going to cite the cases of two I know:

Song writer/music Cobhams Asuquo and Patience the girl who types with her

Cobhams Asuquo:

Despite his (he was born blind), CEO/ of Productions of CAMP (Cobhams Music Productions) Cobhams is one of the legends in Nigeria today. In interview, Cobham talked his life as a blind man and the awesome he’s learnt being and I hope it inspires you…

a dreamer, and fortunately for me, a lot of things I dreamt about in my life come true. I believe that one of the strong elements fuel my very strong of imagination and my ability to dream is the of blindness.

And I’m going to share with a couple of things that I learnt and a couple of life that could be invaluable to you as that I have learnt Blindness. So to start with, I state the obvious fact I was born blind. No one else in my of six children is blind. There’s no cause. No links. No explanation. the reality that I cannot see my eyes.

I was born and raised in the side of” the military barracks. I in a small block of 18 two bedroom I shared a flat with my my three siblings and whatever pet came our way at a time.There was also my Honda Roadmaster 180 Motorcycle, slept in the living room me and my siblings for fear that one of its might be stolen by morning

In my there were always to look forward to. My mornings characterized by news of whose machine had been stolen or between neighbours over who had their chicken.

Actually people try to resolve the chicken by tying to attach a piece of red on their chicken legs. I know how well it works…

blindness does not have any psychological or social meaning. I’ve never experienced I wasn’t aware that I was sight. I indulged in the innocence of boyhood. I ran downstairs, jumped gutters, played hard; even harder. I got into any trouble that a Skinny child could get into.

On a number of occasions, I ran into and people. I ran into furniture so that observers would their heads and say in Pidgin

‘Person wey we dey feel sorry e no dey feel sorry for himself.’ who we are pitying, yet he doesn’t pity

Of course my response to such a was to scurry off and catch up with my and hide whatever stray I had sustained away from my disapproving eyes.

Initially, I at other people’s well concern and pity, because I did not what the fuss was all about. As I older and I gained more of the intricacies of living as a sightless in a world designed for sighted I was faced with the looming of failure in my life. But what I considered to be much worse was people were ready to my failure because of my disability. brings me to my first lesson.

Do not Failure, for any reason on any account

I turned 10, I was enrolled in a Primary School for the Blind. Fast to graduation day, teachers and well wishers were us advice on going into the world. We were forewarned we would come across who would be genuinely mean to us. will snatch away our canes, pull out our typewriter they may not give us the correct and generally just take of us because we are blind.

And from my experience, and I’m sure of you must have discovered, not all opinion is correct.

So, I personally that I didn’t want to to worry myself about Cane Snatchers, Ribbon writer thieves, and the likes. I not to take that advice. I that there were so unfortunate things in life had happened to you regardless of whether or not you blind. So, why should I heap on an burden of worry on myself, because I’m blind.

This is my lesson, and it’s a tough to Trust.

I have learnt from blindness: to trust. even when I have no to.

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As a child I was quite a kid to have fun and play little pranks on. My brother taught me how to jump open street gutters so I was walking with friends and inform me that we were a gutter, I would jump – No asked.

Pretty soon, I discovered my friends were telling me to even when there no gutters, just so they have a laugh. But even I found out, I still to jump. I chose to trust because quite honestly, out of the smelly sewage gutters was very important to me.

Now some might ask. Can’t a be too trusting? But I think trust has no date. Blindness has taught me to trusting. To keep hoping. To believing. And by the way in case you haven’t technology came along, And not only did it take the rhythms the typewriter, it also took the typewriters themselves and replaced with computers and screen

And as for my guide cane story, yet to meet one friend of mine who had his cane snatched from

As a matter of fact, at some I got too desperate and I went ahead in my year in the University to buy myself a Benz Wagon. It broke on the first day I bought it. And I remember my we were trying to change the and someone called me and I said, you what, I’m having a little car And thankfully, we can afford better and I have a faithful driver, and under the watchful eyes of my So no guide cane thieves and all of

Be blind to be focused

Now some ago, my wife and I walked a duty free shop at an We wanted to buy a bottle of water. I knew it, she had stopped by to browse a magazine, seemingly normal for her but I found it quite alarming.

we were going in to buy an item but up browsing for other stuffs. And was when it hit me. Sight, sometimes, is a Now, I have to say that my wife goes shopping, no how good her intentions are to purchase the items on her list, she somehow to come home with

Good Deals! She will to call them. She knows a lot good deals, and sales and sales. And I have to say my wife is a wonderful woman.

Now don’t get me sight is a precious gift. But on way to your destination, what you can also be a big distraction from goal. So, I have learnt you have to be blind in order to be Focus is blindness in a sense. I’m you can relate to this because you been focused on your and attained your successes by blind to several things in life.

Now, we live in a culture esteems sight over and associates blindness with Yet, blindness in all of its weakness, I drawn some key strength in my journey.

Some, I’m sure have excused me if I became a But I found it more fulfilling to away from the expectations of To successfully navigate and negotiate my way life. Even if it ruffled the of those who genuinely cared me.

I hope you have been with Cobhams’ story, I bring you another story week, of a girl that with her toes. This is to you that being disabled be an excuse!

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