Former 2-term governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, has been back in the political spotlight in recent times as he supports Atiku Abubakar for president of Nigeria towards the 2019 elections. Similarly, his first son, Adebola Irene Daniel, has been in the spotlight in 2018 for proposing to his British-Jamaican girlfriend Natasha Morisson as wedding bells call. Adebola has been plysically handicapped since he was 5 years old. Today, the bright young man has a masters degree with distinction in mechanical engineering from University College London (UCL) and is a motivational speaker, empowering his audience, especially those with physical challenges to grow without limitations.
He once posted on one of his social media accounts:
“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 practised 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.”
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