65. Grace

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Despite my situation like this, I can still go on my usual trading business if I have the means. I can still go to Lagos to go and buy this motor they use for the canoes, the pads. That is what I used to sell to the fishermen. Right now, I don’t see myself as a disabled person. I can still do that business.


Three years back, I was traveling alongside the road and all of a sudden, a vehicle emerged. I wanted to dodge the vehicle, when I tumbled. The vehicle did not knock me, but I tumbled and I broke my leg. It’s improving. It’s healing but it’s not fully healed. I feel pains when I walk for about 30 minutes. Anytime I travel, the affected leg swells up and it pains me a lot.

When I was rich and transacting business from Nigeria to Burkina Faso, all my family depended on me. But now that I have used my money to cure myself up to this stage, despite the normal relationship with them, none of them are able to assist me financially. So it is only my son who sometimes extends his hand to me. The most difficult time for me was once, I wasn’t having anything and I had to sleep with an empty stomach until the following day before I was able to get something to eat. The whole day I couldn’t eat anything so I had to call my son, who could not send money that day but sent money the following day, before I was able to eat. I was very tough, very fat, but now look at how I am.

How do you define disability?

To me, disability is something that we cannot expect. It is an unforeseen situation that happens to one’s physical body.

What can we do to improve the lives of persons with disabilities?

The only thing we can do is we have to unite and advocate so that our voice will be heard, especially through organizations like this one. We can only talk to the government through this organization, so I appreciate your presence here.

What is your happiest experience?

Sometimes the happiest time that I normally have is when I listen to gospels, which encourages me that there’s nothing difficult before God. I use those things to encourage myself. Then, I become happy.

If you meet another person with a disability, what would you say to them?

I can only console the person and advise him or her not to think about that situation too much, because nothing happens behind God.

What is your best ability?

Despite my situation like this, I can still go on my usual trading business if I have the means. I can still go to Lagos to go and buy this motor they use for the canoes, the pads. That is what I used to sell to the fishermen. Right now, I don’t see myself as a disabled person. I can still do that business.


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