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  Nineteen-year-old Adebolu Adejobi is an inspiration to thousands of Nigerians. Despite his physical disabilities and the stigmatization attached to them, he finished secondary school education with a record-breaking WAEC result.
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Due to his condition, he suffered ridicule and discrimination from people in his neighbourhood. His educational journey was not easy because each new school he enrolled in would often doubt his capabilities, and based on his inability to coordinate his muscles, they would often suggest lower classes for him.    Cerebral palsy is often described as a disorder that affects movement, muscle, and posture. It is often caused by abnormal brain development that happens before birth. Cerebral Palsy can not be cured, but treatment can help to manage your symptoms.  Cerebral Palsy is not stopping Adebolu Adejobi from achieving great feats. It did not stop him from passing his WAEC with an outstanding result, it will certainly not stop him from starting a career of his choice and making a much significant difference in society. He wishes to go into the medical sciences. 
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As an advocate for children living with/without physical disabilities, Adebolu is a bright young man who would rather that people show empathy and not sympathy. He wants people to know more about Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities because he thinks awareness is the first step to ending some of the stigmatization against people with disabilities.  Let the life of Adebolu Adejobi be an inspiration to you, let it remind you that everyone is capable of creating magic and that physical disabilities are not prison sentences. One can overcome challenges even when things are going awry. Have a little faith in your own abilities. No matter the circumstances, never lose hope. Be willing to learn and be informed. If you are having any challenge that is making you feel cursed, do not become dejected. Instead, find ways that you could use your natural talent for your own growth.  Featured image source: Vantage Mobility International
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This article was first published on 7th February 2022


Ohia, Ernest Chigaemezu is a writer, editor, and grade teacher based in Jos, Nigeria.

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