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Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s handicapped son talks about life (photo)

Who knew that former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has a physically challenged son?

Although physically challenged, Adebola Daniel did not allow all that to deter him from achieving in life. Adebola, who has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University College London is an inspirational speaker and he is doing good for himself.

Recently, he ruminates about his life and his words were posted by Nollywood actress, Temilola Sobola. Read the inspirational piece below:

“I was born into a very comfortable home, with both amazing parents and without a disability. However, when I turned 5, I was diagnosed with paraplegia- a rare condition with no medical clarity. I became confined to a wheelchair.

“Growing up in Nigeria, I unconsciously associated disability to poverty and crime due to amputated beggars on the streets mostly as a result of Sharia Law practiced in the North. This was the general opinion of most Nigerians in my social circle as a child.

“Having myself become physically challenged, I was exposed to the stigma and assumptions that came with being ‘disabled’. All of a sudden, I was looked at with pity, with judgement and sometimes with resentment by my fellow countrymen. As I became an adult, I began to realise that the onus was on me to make something of myself and create my life and future the way I envision it. My future was, and would always be in my own hands.” -Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s son (Debola Daniel)

I was born into a very comfortable home, with both amazing parents and without a disability. However, when I turned 5, I was diagnosed with paraplegia- a rare condition with no medical clarity. I became confined to a wheelchair. Growing up in Nigeria, I unconsciously associated disability to poverty and crime due to amputated beggars on the streets mostly as a result of Sharia Law practiced in the North. This was the general opinion of most Nigerians in my social circle as a child. Having myself become physically challenged, I was exposed to the stigma and assumptions that came with being ‘disabled’. All of a sudden, I was looked at with pity, with judgement and sometimes with resentment by my fellow countrymen. As I became an adult, I began to realise that the onus was on me to make something of myself and create my life and future the way I envision it. My future was, and would always be in my own hands -Otunba Gbenga Daniel's son (Debola Daniel) Adebola, who has a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from University College London is an inspirational speaker.

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