20. Emmanuel

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I was thinking maybe someone had put a spell on me, but I didn’t want to go that way. My Christianity is very solid, so I just told myself that it is all in the making of God. If he doesn’t allow, it wouldn’t happen. I gave it to God. See what I mean. I didn’t want to think that way. I have nothing to do with Satan.


I was born in the Eastern Region. After six years, at my schooling age, I was brought down to Accra. Thereafter, I started school. I went to secondary school and then I went into craftsmanship. I took a course in the London Institute of Builders and I became a construction foreman. I married a woman, and by the grace of God, we had nine children. Six are remaining.

I was married happily with my wife and children and grandchildren when suddenly this leg attacked me. I was taken to the hospital. It was paining me badly. The following morning, it started swelling up. They did an injection. But after three days, it started swelling again. My leg was decaying.

I went to the military hospital. Then I was transferred to Ridge, and they couldn’t pinpoint what was happening. All they could say was that the leg had choked, and the blood wasn’t flowing down. Could it be this? Could it be that? People were contemplating about it.

I was thinking maybe someone had put a spell on me, but I didn’t want to go that way. My Christianity is very solid, so I just told myself that it is all in the making of God. If he doesn’t allow, it wouldn’t happen. I gave it to God. See what I mean. I didn’t want to think that way. I have nothing to do with Satan.

What sort of challenges did you encounter with your disability?

I don’t have too much because my wife and children and brothers and sisters,  they are all quite well with me. I’m never on my feet though.

If you meet someone with your condition, what advice would you give them?

What I would tell him is that he shouldn’t feel too sorry because after all, we’re all going to die, so he should rather use the rest of his life in serving God. The little he can do with his strength, he should extend more of it in service to God.

What impact have you made in your grandchildren?

My grandchildren are all attending school. I have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. My children make me proud. For all my children, I pray that they become good citizens, that they become God-fearing.


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