23. Abraham

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I was still in school, and when I was in form one, that was when it started. I was schooling, but I realized that movement was very, very difficult for me, so I couldn’t continue. When I got to form two in junior high, it became worse, and that resulted in me dropping out of school. I started visiting a friend who was repairing phones. I used to pass my leisure hours there. So anytime I would go, I would study how to repair those phones.


My predicament started at the age of thirteen years. Ever since I was born, I was walking all-right. But then my mommy died at a very early stage, at three years, so it was my family who was catering for me. My daddy lived just a stone throw away, did he does not care for me. He did not look after for me. I realized I had this problem at the age of fifteen years. Anytime I tried to lift myself when I was sitting, and I was trying to lift myself, I was having so much difficulty. I had to be holding my knee, to stretch myself so much before I could even stand up.

I was still in school, and when I was in form one, that was when it started. I was schooling, but I realized that movement was very, very difficult for me, so I couldn’t continue. When I got to form two in junior high, it became worse, and that resulted in me dropping out of school. I started visiting a friend who was repairing phones. I used to pass my leisure hours there. So anytime I would go, I would study how to repair those phones. When I got to the point of not walking, this is what I started doing in the house until now. That is what I do to cater for myself and make ends meet.

When I was walking I made a lot of friends, so when my predicament started, I used to call them to help me. I went through so much because of financial difficulties, and accessibility where I’m staying is one of the big challenges too. I cannot move at all. Johnnie and Friends brought me my wheelchair. I was a benefactor.

I don’t really get out of this house. I only get out when able guys are around. I’m somebody who doesn’t really go out due to where I live. But I still maintain friendships due to what I was doing with them previously.

Does the community understand your situation?

They don’t. It’s strange to them. It’s very strange. They think I’m under a curse or a spell. They don’t know what’s wrong with me since they knew me before when I was walking.

What are your abilities? What do you like to do?

Apart from the phones, I also repair computers.

What is your happiest memory?

My friends used to entertain me, and I used to be happy all the time because of them.

What is the most difficult experience you’ve had as a result of your disability?

I am financially handicapped and also doing some things on my own. I always have to do everything with a helping hand. I am not independent. I normally depend on friends and others, and if they are not around, I am doomed. That is most of my challenge.

If a person with a disability comes to you for advice, what would you say?

I will advise you not to think about it to much and to not dismay and to look up to God, to use God as inspiration. I would encourage that person to find something to do to bring out his ability.

If you had one wish for your life, what would it be?

My wish is to walk, to stand and walk and to be able to do anything I want.

What is your hope for other persons with disabilities?

My hope is for them to have a better life and also whatever the situation may be, God is their inspiration, and he wants a better life for them.


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