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Everything Wanted to Discourage Me, but I Went to School and Graduated: Physically Challenged Man Narrates

Olajide Mayowa Kehinde, a Physically challenged Nigerian man has revealed that despite many hurdles that tried preventing him from going to school, he still overcame them and graduated with pride.

A physically challenged young man, Olajide Mayowa Kehinde, said that in 2013 when he was processing his admission, a friend wondered how he would be able to cope with the stress in school.

The friend asked him how he would survive in the case of a crisis and people are running around. He advised him to divert his education fund into a business.

Rather than let the words dampen him, he hit the gym to keep fit. He also armed himself with computer knowledge to gain social confidence.

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Read his lengthy story below:

2013 when I was processing admission. A friend came to me to give some friendly advice. He said to me, Kenny do you think you can cope with school stress. Institution is not a child play, even those that are physically fit are not finding it easy.

If those good boys starts shooting up and down and everybody is running for their dear life, how do you want to run? Don’t risk your life Kenny, going to school is not the best option for you, instead use the money you want to use for school to start business. That was his advice, I smiled and said to myself this advice came not to discourage me but to let me know what I will face.

So I received his advice with gladness of heart. Now that I know how hard it’s going to be, I started working on myself. First thing I did was start going to gym center(weight lifting) to gain more strength and energy. I registered myself to a computer training center that’s very far from where I stay. Normally I’m supposed to be taking taxi to my training center, but in other to get myself ready for school I will push/wheel myself to and fro.

I did this for almost a year and this increased my confidence. If I can be pushing myself this far then I should be able to push myself on campus without depending on someone. I don’t just want a situation whereby I will have to depend on someone before I can go to class.

You see, that time I planned and prepared myself as if nobody will be there to help. Finally I got admission. My first day in school, there was a gunshot. People were running. I was scared also, but wetin poor man like me go do. I still don’t see that as enough reason to quit. My favorite quote that time was ‘I will rather die for my dreams than to be living for nothing.

So I keep moving. Four years on campus was not easy. I passed through pains, suffering, insults and lots more. Finally I graduated, tears of joy roll from my eyes and my certificate is something I can be proud of.

When it was time for NYSC, I was posted to Kano. People were like are you crazy, you want to risk your life for NYSC. Why can’t you just apply for exemption letter. Then I said I’m going to Kano. At last we landed at Kano (Kusala dam) 15hours journey, it was not easy though.

On our swearing in day as corper, I was interviewed by many people. I don’t know what this means untill people started calling me and congratulate me that my story is everywhere. On newspaper, TV station, radio and blogs.

Friends started tagging me on social media. I was so happy my efforts is recognized. I was like abi I don finally blow ni. Then I started expecting to hear from Our president M. Buhari and other leaders maybe there will be something good for me .

I deserve automatic employment or some millions of naira to start something.To the glory of God, I finished NYSC, the story still go viral. So as there was no job offer I went to learn graphics work. I kept trying my best, learning, working hard and trusting God for the day that my efforts will be crown.

The day someone will come to me and say, Kenny, show us what you can do!I hope this will encourage someone most especially people like me that are physically challenged, never give up on your dreams no matter how. If you can dream it, then you can achieve.

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