BLIND CHRONICLES #6 by DEMOLA ADELEKE

Intro:
I’m delighted to present this guest post from one of my young friends, Demola Adeleke. Demola, who is 24, battled with glaucoma from the age of seven till he lost his sight in 2009. In this poem, he gives us a graphic look into the world of the visually impaired.

Demola is not the kind of disabled person who evokes pity. Rather, his demeanour, accomplishments and aspirations inspire other youths to aim higher and do something meaningful with their lives. Demola is a singer with three singles to his credit: “Folashade”, “Omo Mummy” and “Darijimi”. His songs are R and B but there was a rapping interlude in a collaborative single he did with another artiste, Agaz, titled “One Day”.

Demola is my student and yesterday, I was pleased to learn that I would be supervising his final-year research project. Why was I pleased? Demola consistently makes A’s in his courses. He just needs someone to read the questions to him and he neatly types out his answers. In the exam for one writing course I taught his class last semester, the person who read the questions skipped a tiny portion on the back of the question paper. Demola complained to me after the exam.

“It’s only seventy marks for an A,” I teased him. “Let it go.” There will be more on him at the end of the post.

Meanwhile, let’s get some insight into what it is like to live in a world where as he describes it, “palms and ears serve as” eyes. You are blessed!

Demola’s “Blind Chronicles” are aimed at giving the sighted a vicarious experience of visual impairment.

This #poem gives us a graphic view of the world of the visually impaired. #blindness Click To Tweet

BLIND CHRONICLES #6
I live in a world of no rays and shades
Black is the predominant colour in my hues
No sun nor stars up in the sky
No beam of light here in my life
In the separate world where I live
Palms and ears serve as our eyes
Hopes and dreams keep us alive
Go have the day and the night is mine
But no single spot will mar my pride
In this blind world where I live
Labeling and stigmatization have crawled my way
Someone told her about his blindness and she stopped being his friend
Removing him on Facebook was the next she did
A world so dark, so chill but nice
This world is full of life, no mourns nor cries
Tell me what you’ve got in there that my world lacks
Romance and love, all in my cart
I’ve experienced a lot in this my world
Asking a helper for my name as if I’m deaf
All these I hate, the blind are sane
We lost our sight, no fault on brains
In my world where no routes are visible
A toddler walks better than the adult blind
Just grip my wrist and take me through the clouds
For the ground harbours stones, shrubs, thorns and sands
In this small world where I live
Beauty isn’t in the eyes of the beholder
An ugly face but beautiful voice already wins the game
For we believe good tone is in the ears of the listener
So deep down the depth of my heart
I see your face on the shines of my cardiac walls
Telling me all I have around are strictly beautiful people
Beautiful enough to expand this waning smile on my face
I have no bitterness in my soul, just have a sip of my blind chronicles

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Demola Adeleke

In this small world where I live, beauty isn't in the eyes of the beholder. - Demola Adeleke Click To Tweet

PRAYER FOR THE HANDICAPPED
Our Father in heaven, we pray for all those who are living with one disability or the other. You alone understand their struggles perfectly. We pray for the grace, assistance and resources to go through each day. We pray that those of them who haven’t done so encounter you, the Friend who is like no other. We pray that you help them actualise their dreams and grant them fulfillment in life in Jesus’ name. Amen.

ABOUT THE WRITER
For some months now, Demola Adeleke has been issuing what he calls his “Blind Chronicles” on his Facebook profile. Its aim is to grant others, through his personal experience, the exposure they need to understand what life is like for the visually impaired. This guest post is the sixth of these chronicles. You can check him out on Facebook to read some of the others if you wish.

Demola is from from Oyo State, Nigeria. He is the third child and only son of his parents. He is an aspiring movie script writer. Demola is about to finish his third year in a Bachelor’s programme in Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). His hobbies are swimming and writing.

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154 thoughts on “BLIND CHRONICLES #6 by DEMOLA ADELEKE

  1. You know, I think the blind have the incredible ability of discerning and appreciating true beauty; the beauty within. It’s amazing! I’ve not met Demola personally but I’ve seen him, I’ve heard him talk and I was astonished at the pull I felt. I could never pity you, Demola. There’s nothing to pity about you because your disability does nothing to detract from your awesomeness. I’m sorry about all the unpleasant stuff you may have endured, you don’t deserve to and if anyone rejected you as a friend, then it’s their loss. I’m grateful you harbor no bitterness in your soul and I pray that God in his boundless love continues to be your stronghold. May he usher you into a glorious El dorado and bring all your dreams to fulfillment. Amen. Keep on sailing, honey.

  2. I think the real blind are those who think that whatever cannot be seen with the eyes does not exist and who measure beauty and ability by the sole prerequisite of physical wholeness. We must also remember that only the dead are free from disability. Demola just blew my mind. I’m thinking, seriously.

    • Thanks a lot, Kasarachi! I was totally wowed by the poem myself. My love to your family and stay blessed!

  3. Demola has always been somebody dat I look up to wen I feel like i can’t go on anymore or wen i feel as though dis world is too stressful for me to continue with. His strength and courage baffle me and have given me d reason to continue with life’s struggle. May God bless him and inspire him more to touch odas and stand out as an example to all.

  4. Demola, that was incredible beautiful. You are gifted with inSIGHT. That is more important than vision. I especially liked:Tell me what you’ve got in there that my world lacks
    Romance and love, all in my cart
    I’ve experienced a lot in this my world
    and
    Beauty isn’t in the eyes of the beholder
    An ugly face but beautiful voice already wins the game
    For we believe good tone is in the ears of the listener.

    I thank you for this look into your life, and that of others. Blessings as you go forward Demola! and thank you Edith, for allowing Demola this voice.

    • Thanks a million for your wonderful comment, April! And a big “Amen” to your prayer for Demola. You are soooo blessed!

  5. Demola, may God bless you richly. May you soar high. I would like you to derive further inspiration from the story of Dr Jacob Agba, a visually impaired Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, Cross River University of Technology. I featured him on Lincornellah blog. Please read this: http://lincornellah.com/2016/11/25/not-born-to-cry/. My dear Ms Ohaja, thanks a lot.

    • Thanks a whole lot, Cornelius! Greetings to your family and students over there. May you go higher and higher in Jesus’ name.

  6. WOW!!! This poem is highly motivational.. I’m so awed!!! Demola is indeed a source of inspiration and motivation to the physically disabled out there. The contents of this poem depict that the blind have a wonderful ability of appreciating true beauty, that is, the beauty within. You are really a strong-willed person, therefore ,Go to the world and show them your incredible potentials.. #DemolaRocks…

  7. Even the blind can see thinz in their own way…they appreciate and see true beauty.they carry within them fire that can’t be extinguished show the universe what u got demmy. ..u rock.?

  8. God is so wonderful even the blind glorify him in that type of situation. What am I still waiting for? Most times when I hear most of them saying you don’t need eyes to change the world, I usually ask, what can you do blind, but this person has shown me.

  9. I am so moved by this piece .Now I know what blind people face and go through. As for Demola, he is really inspiring because he has taught me that no matter the conditions we are in, we can still scale through if we have determination and zeal.

  10. DEMOLA is one of the blind students that I respect so much. He is a man whose personality speaks for. Demola is built with vision, mission and feels unmoved about his disability. My first encounter with this fearless young man made me to believe that blindness sometimes comes with lots of hidden treasures. I am optimistic that one day the whole universe will hear his name like John Milton.

  11. This almost got me crying and the introduction you gave makes me reflec: I have my eyes but yet I have achieved little. This is a motivation not just to the visually impaired but to everyone of us who is a student. It’s quite a motivational poem. Thank you, m,a for sharing. God bless you!

  12. I’ve been following Demola’s “Blind Chronicles” ever since he started posting them in our WhatApp group. I must commend his artistic style of narration and writing vision. He gives letters life and beauty.
    I once watched a movie where a blind exclaimed, “the blind do not see with his eyes, but have the best mind.”
    I couldn’t agree less thinking of Demola. God bless him. God bless you too Ma

  13. JEEEEEEES! A GOOD TONE IS THE EAR OF THE LISTENER,IN THE SEPARATE WORID WHERE I LIVE. I LOVE THIS POEM, IT IS SO TOUCHING, I AM MOVED TO WORK HARDER

  14. His write-up is striking with lots of imagery.” In this world where I live beauty isn’t in the eyes of the beholder”. I can’t get my mind of this assertion. Demola, You are blind but can see# ur imagination is beyond boundaries. The Lord is ur strength.

  15. really i feel like crying, those people are inspiration to me, the way they make their As baffles me. i was lucky to have one as a friend, the way he answers question is really intriguing, he is really amazing and a good reading mate, he hates it when you make him feel handicapped he would like to do everything himself, i admire them a lot and i pray they keep having the strength to move on and also not have a reason to blame God for their disability.

  16. I was struck by the part where he said people ask his helper for his name as if he was deaf.
    it must be a lonely world sometimes
    I thank God for grace and strength to go through this life..More Grace Demola!

  17. I don’t know, but the blinds have insight, i know of some blind guys who are just awesome with music. Great peom.

  18. This brought a tear to my eye. Beautifully written but also really sad. I admire Demola’s strength & May God continue to bless him.

  19. It was very kind of you ma to include such a story on your blog, highlighting a life we may never know. Most times I feel nothing but pity whenever I see people in such a state but I also see courage and the willingness to move on with life especially in d case of demola. May God bless you as you struggle through life demola and may God bless you too ma

  20. Demola is actually one of the few persons I admire in Mass communication dept. His courage, strength and friendliness is quite something. I have often wondered how the visually impaired must feel, not being able to see colours like I do…and now I have an inkling of what it feels like. I know what he wrote here doesn’t even explain half of what he goes through, but with this little, I can say, More power to your elbows Demola, ‘cos it ain’t easy. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece Ma.

  21. Demola! well done, this is a well written poem with powerful message. i call it sharing experience from the other world as the creator has made it. You are more than your experiences in this poem for you have already conquered every bad fate of blindness. may the lord always continue to keep you his glory. amen.

  22. This poem touched my heart and I’m grateful ,Ademola was willing to share his story to inspire other in the same position as him.

  23. Wow! i could feel his emotions so close to me as if to touch. Amazing. i don’t know what it feels like to be blind but i sure know its a serious deal. God please help those whom You decided to take their sight. Guard and guide the cos they’re your babies and fill their hearts with joy, love and consolation.

  24. Wow this is so touching, so true and so lovely. It is a privilege for me to read this inspiring tip. Moreover, sky is his limit and God is his strength

  25. This is so amazing! Very emotional piece. I wish Demola greater heights and a successful future. Be grateful for what you have and make out something beautiful from whatever life throws at you.

  26. Demola has always exhibited his literay prowess from day one I met him. He’s really a good writer to look up to. But then, one thinks how that world can be. Wow! God is with His people jareh!

  27. Bravo demola you are indeed an inspiration to all that have come close to you and your writing prowess is second to none. Nice poem.

  28. With hearts full of appreciation, Demola is a great inspiration to everyone and everyother blind persons out there. Indeed, being blind can never be a barrier to great achievements.

  29. Wow.. Demola is so smart, I was really touched by this write up, I pray that God continually blesses him. Thank you ma for sharing this with us… I feel really opportune to feel what it’s like to be in his shoes. Demola is a blessing and a great source of inspiration❤

  30. Keep it up Demola, you are really a blessing .This piece really struck me and has taught me that no matter what, there is ability in disability. May God grant you the strength and the motivation to continue the good work you have started?

  31. Awwwnn.. That was touching!
    The handicapped are still part of our world, let’s learn to appreciate them
    and stop segregation…

  32. So lovely. I admire his courage and the way he carry him self. And his writing abilities shows he is really talented and blessed

  33. This post gives hope to the hopeless. Even with your disability, you are not a liability. Thanks for sharing with us this hopeful post to us.

  34. Demola I encourage you on this journey.. It’s not easy but you are making it seem less difficult. You are giving large hope to the hopeless. May God bless your struggles. He would uplift you.
    We shall all gather some day to celebrate your success.
    Me I don’t pity you oo, Lol

  35. What a beautiful encouraging piece! Indeed God is the father to the fatherless and the mother to the motherless. In a world where everything seems like a punishment, hope is the only thing stronger than fear and this poem confirms that. May the lord strengthen and heal the handicapped

  36. so touching! a wonderful piece coming from someone who has refused to give up on his dreams irrespective of his challenges. Demola, you have no idea how many people are motivated to carry on by your story. may God continue to bless and strenghten you. amen

  37. Well done ma.Honestly am really inspired.God makes what people think is lmpossible possible.It so kind of you to include such a story in your blog ma, may God continue to bless your handwork ma.

  38. A very inspiring and wonderful poem, it got me thinking how people who are visual impaired does most things by themselves, and don’t give blindness as an excuse. I urge each and everyone to chase and achieve their dreams irrespective of the challenges that may arise.

  39. Wonderful piece you got here Damola. I’m glad of what you are doing because you give hope to others. Thank you ma for sharing this, was actually touched by the short prayer though.

  40. Indeed, I have seen that disability is not inability in life.
    I’m in short of words.
    You have given hope to every other disabled personalities in the world at large.
    More grace bro.

  41. This is so touching but true. Demola is already a conqueror. He is such a good writer with the ability to create mental pictures in the minds of the readers. I always look forward to reading his chronicles on Facebook. Keep it up Demola and thank you ma for sharing this.

  42. Everybody has a special gift and is only God that gave us that gift. demola thank God you find out your own gift on time. your post on social media make me to realize that if you are determine in life you can achieve greatness and nothing can stop you. i pray that God will always comfort the handicapped. thank you ma for sharing this post with us.

  43. God is always omnipotent, omniscience and omnipresent. He can always take care of his children. I sincerely admire Demola’ s persistence to achieve his dreams and pursue his ambition. I pray God should look out for the blind students all over the world and give them the strength to always move on.

  44. This is touching,funny how people with sight wake up everyday and forget to thank God for the gift of life.Demola for instance,imagine what he would do if he could see,this is a reason to work harder and make good use of God’s gift!

  45. Oh dear… Touching this write-up is. Getting to know a little about him is inspiring and challenging too. With every trouble, there is always a double that God gives to cover it all up. The work we have is just to discover that double God has placed for every trouble… Greater heights Demola Adeleke

  46. Demola, you are a very talented writer. I admire your courage and confidence. You have never let your blindness weigh you down or weaken you. Most times, I close my eyes for few minutes just to experience how it feels to be blind. I thank God for your life and I pray for more of God’s grace in your life, may he continue to see you through.

  47. This got me, his write-ups are always inspiring … you revealing a little bout him made me see some smilarities.
    Am glad you shared this.

  48. You are a great writer, Demola, I encourage your skill in writing and in creativity, it is not easy to sit and inspire on your own, it is a gift from God. The Lord has made you too special if only you believe. He is the creator of all mankind, he knows it all. Bravo to you.

  49. Demola is creativity redefined.his impairment hasnot hindered him at all. Looking at his life he didn’t allow his impairment to distract him,his story is one of victory and success.may he wax greatly ijn

  50. This poem is really very touching; a poem from the deepest part of the heart. Hence a lesson to Juliet, never to use any form of disability as an excuse in life

  51. We should base our belief on hope,ourselves and on God. Ability helps us to see the light of our strength in the society.

  52. God is so wonderful, even the blind glorify him in their situation. I am really touched i pray God helps the physically challenged.

  53. This story is telling us there is ability in disability, we should love and cherish people the way they are, we should lend a helping hand to the handicapped and we should not discriminate because we are one in Christ Jesus.

  54. This is simply touching. We can all see through the daily pain of stigmatization that he suffers from fellow students. Why I seem more likened to his character is because he is courageous in the face of hate and stands tall in agony. May his flame and aspirations never be put off.

  55. Despite his disability, he still remained hopeful and diligent whereas other youth who are not disable still waste their God-given time. This post should be a challenge to all youths. Demola, May the Lord be your strength. Thank you for inspiring me.

  56. I like your courage Demola. Someone said “close your eyes for five minutes then you will understand what the blind are passing through”. If despite his state he still has a vision he wants to accomplish, then we are left with no excuse.
    I’m really touched. There is no excuse for anyone, people give excuses for their laziness but I recommend Demola to them so that they can be challenged. Thank you ma’am for this post because I am inspired.

  57. The gift God has bestowed on the blind is the gift of been known, loved by all and recognized. You know its not everything that a man that is not blind does that one blind can equally do. God blessed the blind to excel in anything they pursue with sincere seriousness. They may get back some bad stones but all the same the good things they get isn’t gotten by many of the other world (unblind).

  58. It is not easy for the handicapped especially in the society of today where they looked down on. Blind Chronicles is one of the few great personalities I’ve come across ; he never let his difficulties weigh him down or demotivate him. Instead he uses it for the betterment of himself and the society at large. I commend his bravery and I pray that the good lord will continue to see him through. Amen
    Thanks

  59. We should not see our problem as a source of pity, rather look for ways to strengthen ourselves to overcome them.

  60. Such an inspiration. I can’t help myself but wonder the rate of Demola’s intelligence. This teaches us, both the handicapped and non-handicapped that we all should be grateful to God almighty and also, that no matter the challenges or predicaments we face each say, it should prevent us from working hard to be the best. Demola’s blindness doesn’t stop him from going to school neither does it stop him from striving to be the best even while in school. It hurts me deeply that we live in a world where people feel lazy to work, they use their predicaments as excuses. Beggars now fill the streets. One would ask himself, judging from the situation of things in the country, how many people would be compassionate enough to render help to them? Therefore, we all should arise, and stop using our problems as excuses for our laziness. Work hard, no matter the circumstances and leave the rest for God and he shall help us.

  61. Honestly, this poem inspired and challenged me.
    I admire his tenacity, and what I have learnt from him is Don’t wallow in self-pity, you can do better and change the world. God be with you, Demola.

  62. Nice one here again, we should not allow our physical disability be an impediment towards our attainment of success because the greatest disability is that of the mind therefore we should strive to do extraordinary things regardless of our physical impediment as demola is a role model to many with similar disability and my prayer is that my benevolent father will restore his sight

  63. Nice one here, we should not allow our physical disability stop us from achieving what we want to achieve as demola is an inspiration to so many with other physical disability. But with determination and perseverance we will be able to make it, he looked beyond where he is and did not allow is condition to discourage him from achieving His dream

  64. I used to have so much pity for blind people whenever I see them.it is as though there is no hope for them and life is as miserable as can be for them.However, after reading this poem from a blind person,I can now see that indeed where there is life, there is hope.I am inspired by this poem.it exposes to me the fact that the blind ones are very normal and not disabled but just differently abled.

  65. Demola is a cheerful soul, he sees deeper than most of us with our sight ,it is wonderful how the Lord takes care of the visually impaired people, he used this platform to share his story and I don’t feel pity .how I wish he could see the faces of the beautiful ones around him… the Lord be his strength. Amen

  66. Demola has shown so much strength ,in a world where stigmatiztion is the order of the day, he has proved that God is not stupid, he sees much deeper than some of us with our sight. May God help him amen

  67. Your chronicles provokes empathy.Thank God, your current condition doesnot limit you. Though visually impaired, Demola’s vision is not defeated. Your doggedness in pursuing your dreams is challenging. I pray one day God will restore your sight in Jesus name.

  68. Your chronicles provokes empathy. Thank God, your current condition did not limit you. Though visually impaired your vision is not defeated. Your doggedness in pursuing your dreams is challenging .I pray, one day God will restore your sight in Jesus name .

  69. It’s so inspiring, when the physically challenged person is trending in a multi talented endowment. Demola literary work is such a motivational work and an energy that triggers the mind of his readers towards appreciating God Almighty in any situation they find themselves. Being visually impaired does not stop him from becoming a unique figure among his kind. I think that we should learn how to be courageous by emulating the young writer “Demola Adeleke” especially those that always feel inferior.

  70. Ifechukwu from my secondary school is blind but she is the most observant person I ever met,when a rapist came to our dormitory at night she was the first person to notice,indicating that we have ears but can’t hear…Lol.
    Blind people are highly gifted.

  71. Jesus said something that got me thinking. He said “when the blind leads the blind, both of them will fall into a ditch”. But in this case, my eyes have been opened by how much the blind sees. This is really beautiful.
    “Beauty isn’t in the eyes of the beholder
    An ugly face but beautiful voice already wins the game
    For we believe good tone is in the ears of the listener”

  72. Being visually impaired does not mean you cannot archive something in life. Some will be be questioning God and asking him why he created like that not. Knowing that there is reason for everything God do. He may create you as a full person but you will not archive anything in life.

  73. Nice one comrade Demola. Your write ups make me see ability in every disability. Thanks for sharing this post big mummy.

  74. Demola; you inspire me a lot. Being visually impaired didn’t weigh you down, you stood your ground, studied well and came out with this piece of work. God will continue to strengthen you.

  75. Keep going and do not let your disability bring you down.If God says you will succeed nothing not even your disability can stop you.

  76. ..Am sooo inspired…. I love your courage and determination Demola…. I feel so handicapped myself because even with my vision I don’t think I have this level of Insight… God strengthen you dear…. Encountering you I don’t think I have any more excuses in life

  77. “A toddler walks better than the adult blind” This got my heart aching. What a world! This is a motivation to those of us with eyes and every part of our body intact. I beckon us all to go down on our knees tonight nd appreciate God for his provision.

  78. I have never read a poem written by a blind person before. He communicated a lot to the readers. I’m really amazed . I pray that God will comfort the blind and visually impaired every where.

  79. An ugly face but a good voice wins the game … The visually impaired have a special strength of discerning emotions , some of them have good hearing and can identify one by his pace from a distance ,Steve wonder was blind and yet is the greatest pianist of all time …blind or not ,talent is talent and this guy has a full load

  80. Even with his predicament, he is still up and doing. I really admire his courage and determination for a better future. really this write up is inspiring and educational as well.

  81. Your life is an island of Gods favour,l love your vision to be great despite d situation may the Lord see you through.ure destiny is a testimony

  82. ”Take him outside, he can beg after my class”. Those were the words of my lecturer when she saw a blind boy been led into her class(she didn’t know he was a student, I felt bad for him).As stated in the poem, the blind face discrimination everyday but some how, they find strength to carry on with life. I admire the confidence they have. Like Demola clearly stated,they lack nothing in their world. How they perceive beauty and what they consider beautiful are what I find interesting most in blind. The last line of the poem makes it clear that they do not feel bad been blind.

  83. He turned his disability into abilities. Everything happens for a reason. Blind talented better than a complete daft. More power to your elbow!

  84. Powerfully intense.
    I don’t know if crying or smiling is the best reaction for the moment.
    What could capture the real experiences of the blind and his small yet mighty world as these lines?

  85. I wish those other people who are handicapped should be more like him.instead of begging on the road side and attracting pity to their selves,they should find what they are good at and do it

  86. My God I couldn’t bear this but I dared not to stop reading. How wonderful it is may God lead you through his light.

  87. Value they say is a virtue. It is good to value what you have no matter how it is. As a saying goes one does not value what he have until he losses it. Just like demola ,even with his blindness he was able to achieve something. Thank God for him and I wish all our youth will emulate him and not questioning God for creating them how they are.

  88. this brings a tear to my eye. this poems shows that no matter the circumstance one finds himself in, he should never give up on his dreams! he should keep fighting for what he believes in and then not even the heavens can deny him a sucessful fufilment of his dreams.

  89. Demola is a great inspiration to everyone and every other phsically challenged person, there is ability in disability??

  90. This is very inspiring and touching. It shows that no matter the obstacles or hindrances in your path to success and a better life, you have a choice to choose how it will affect you. Make the best out of your shortcomings and don’t just rely only on people and indulge in self pity. Demola’s life is a living example to prove that you can achieve anything you want despite the obstacles.

  91. People who have their bodies complete, sometimes look at people who are”incomplete” with disgust on their face,but they forget to put themselves in the shoes of the handicapped and see how they feel. We are supposed to show love to them ,help them in anyway we can and not look down on them, because Jesus taught us about love and if we don’t show love to these ones it means we are not of God.

  92. Demola’s tales are always captivating, i found myself dazed at his ablities. You are good man! At what you do.
    Oh! How i long to know you more
    To learn from your words
    To see through your works
    #Godsblessings

  93. ”An ugly face but beautiful voice already wins the game For we believe good tone is in the ears of the listener”, Demola a super lion/ great jacksonite.. you have turned out better than anyone would have hoped , we might not be close but know that there are people including me who admire you and hope and pray fro better days..bless you Ma for this , you seldom see modern lecturers doing this for their students

  94. When I realized Demola was a visually impaired student, I became more endeared to him. This is because he exudes strength and peace. He was really likeable too. I had no personal relationship with him but I always admired him from a distance. He always wanted more out of life and he got the best of it. My experience with blind people has hit me with the realization that despite their challenge, they live happier and more contented than many people with normal life. The poem is both insightful and touching and I wish him the blessing which he desires most in his life. One love.

  95. Even though it’s not easy for blind people in our society today where they are not well taking care of some have ceased that opportunity to become beggars I have heard the story of Demola and his achievements it’s a lesson to people that no matter your condition you can always be outstanding if you work may God continue to bless and provide for and others who are like him

    • There is a greater light beyond comprehension in visually impaired people, Demola, may God continue to be the light that guides your path. Amen.

  96. This is beautiful and inspiring. My prayer for the disable people is that let God be their strength.

  97. Sometimes it is those that are disabled got more of the talents, just like Adeleke. God give them your strength and your perseverance.

  98. Demola you just uplifted my spirit.i can only imagine your flight but I admire your tenacity to stand firm despite everything.You are full of Hope. Keep striving hard,the Lord will be with you.

  99. Wow this is touchy! The blinds face a lot indeed; it’s not easy. They face all lot of dehumanizing treatment, especially from those who don’t understand what this life entails.
    However, irrespective of all the negativity, they are still filled with hope. They see ability in their disability. It’s really a challenge to we, the able ones

  100. This is really what this handicap fellows face in their life but we forget we all are create equally by God. They may be having challenges with their eye, earor leg but no their brain. They can contribute great things to Nation just like our brother and friend Demola doing well in music and academics, so stop stigmatizing them.

  101. Demola’s optimism and enthusiasm is inspiring. His default has become a blessing to many. His adroit use of words is intriguing. Am amazed.

  102. Demola,am really. amazed with your write-ups,even though you are blind, you still came up with something beautiful as this,yes,I really agree with you many look down on the blind as just beggars but thankfully you have shown us that the blinds are brainy too.

  103. Being blind does not necessarily mean that your eyes are impaired but rather it is not appreciating the beauty of what we see around us and eagerly going for the unrealistic things all around. But those with disabilities should not be casted out but rather be seen as a reminder of what we have and also be grateful for.

  104. Being blind dont mean that you are useless. Look around it seems the handicapped are once with amazing talent. The only thing they (blind) lack is that they cant appreciate the beauty of the world.

  105. Wow!!! A work of a brilliant mind! Visually impaired but intellectually intelligent!!!. This piece reveals a whole new information to me.

  106. His story moves me everytime. Am glad he didn’t see his disability as a way to exhort money or pity but instead, he saw him self as differently able and did wonderful things. His write ups are very lovely.Big ups .

  107. Wow!, I’m super motivated by this post. Despite the challenge Demola is living with, he still strives for excellence. I pray his desires would be met by God’s grace. And, I pray for all those living with one disability or the other, their dreams will turn into reality. Amen. Thank you Aunty Edith for this post. Bless you ma!

  108. Oh Demola,you are a fighter and you inspire me alot… You once told me on facebook, you don’t need pity,i call you indomitable…. Greater heights

  109. As I read through the poem I felt something run through my veins. It is indescribable and unexplainable. Ma I sincerely appreciate you for this poem as it has taught me something.
    One thing that is clear in life is that it is not complete. This is captured in the Igbo language as “Uwaezughioke”. It is an incomplete world and God never made a mistake by so doing.
    Once men see that they have is just a privilege to complement the haves not in the society, then we have a better world.
    My dear be strong, God will strengthen other parts of your body to effectively carry out the function of the eyes, this I assure you. For the Light of the world will do this.

  110. Great men are born not made, no matter what your circumstances maybe if you are destined to be great surely you will,even if you are able or disabled talents don’t hide.

  111. Blind chronicles indeed… Demola, you really are a talented one, I pray your visions and aspirations in life are achieved, more ink to your pen.

  112. This poem is very motivational. Demola indeed is a rare gem. Very intelligent and does not let the loss of his sight stand as an obstacle to his winnings. Everyone should see him as a role model because he does not stop until he has achieved. God bless you.

  113. This guy is a poetic machine. I really like how he, in short lines, vividly captures his experience in sweet rhythmic flow. It’s true, the blind assess beauty with the ear as he portrays:”for we believe good tone is in the ear of the listener”. Really, he has good insight that makes him clearly see his ‘dark world’.

  114. Wow…. The description very vivid.Diction, wonderful and simple.I love the poem.
    The line that fascinated me most is# In this world, beauty is not in the hands of the beholder. An ugly face, a nice voice, captures the heart#.
    Nice one Demola.

  115. Wow! I am speechless. Such creativity deserves more than an applause. This is a master piece,l am looking forward to meet you dear Demola. His lines gives a deep insight of ones world, this poem is totally one of a kind.

  116. What an amazing poem coming from you Demola. May the Lord continue to uphold and strength you. Indeed you are a blessing to reckon with. My first contact with you left me dumbfounded on how a disabled personality like you still achieved greatness academically. Indeed God is with you.

  117. Incredible. He portrayed very clearly, the world of visually challenged people. The writing expertise marvels me the most. It is a wonderful one Demola.

  118. Wow. It is so wonderful how this guy, despite his challenge, does very excellently. His beautiful poem fairly presents his experiences in the world where palms are eyes.

  119. Demola is a super amazing guy. I met him at Oyo, he was recently posted to my LGA for NYSC. His disposition towards life as portrayed in his NYSC chronicles endeared me to him. Dee is one exceptional guy with love for humanity and a great sense of humour.
    Glaucoma took my friends eyes but didn’t take his love for life.
    For me, he actually sees but not the conventional way. 😊

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