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“Fate is not punishment”! Physically challenged man Ibrahim Omotosho shares his story

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Ibrahim Omotosho is physically challenged, but that is in no way stopping him from living his best life!

Ibrahim has a Youtube channel which seeks to “inspire everyone going through the challenges of living with one form of ‘disability’ or the other that you can still be who you wanna be. Live Your Dreams.”

He has shared a really inspiring article highlighting the challenges and successes since he became physically challenged.

See below:

My name is Ibrahim Omotosho – I am a paraplegic that has survived the harsh living condition of growing up in a developing country. I decided to tell my story to inspire everyone and anyone going through one form of challenges or the other.

I grew up in the Police Barracks alongside my four siblings and our parents. I could walk for a year and 7 months. December 18, 1984 I had a short siesta, I cried from sleep to discover I could no longer stand, walk or run anymore. I had to go through sessions and sessions of physiotherapy. The sessions got my neck and hands functioning again. Then I was able to make use of the armpit crutches and leg braces (calipers).

I would play football with my siblings as well as with my neighbors and other boys and girls in the hood. I played “4-post” almost every weekday at my secondary school. I didn’t for once feel intimidated by no one – I was very courageous. Funny thing is, I would last the whole of the breaktime without conceding a goal. A good friend, Dr. Irawo Adamolekun, of blessed memory would call me “Dr. Octopus” simply because I would play along with my two held armpit crutches as well as my two legs thereby occupying the whole of the goalpost. Guess what the goalposts are – the table/desk of our class.

I was blessed with a loving family. My mother (God bless her soul) trained me like the rest of my siblings – no preferential treatment. This gave me the tenacity to face the numerous challenges. I was somewhat funny and very playful. But, I was a very smart boy. I attended a physically challenged primary school which gave me the right foundation. I attended a ‘normal’ secondary school which gave me the much needed confidence to soar as a young kid. My university days were the most challenging – I had to let go of my crutches and fully embrace the use of the wheelchair due to the terrain and for easy movement. I got my first car in 2013 and I learnt how to drive in just 4 days. Albeit I can only drive a car with automatic transmission.

Permit me to talk about just two of my ordeals: the first is my encounter with one of the university lecturers. I would begin with one of my favorite quotes from Johnny Depp; “One day the people who didn’t believe in you will tell everyone how they met you.”

I decided to go observe my Jummah Salat at the University mosque. Lo and behold! I saw one of my ‘funny’ lecturer. I remember his mean and hurtful words to me back then in the university: “the university system does not have facilities for people like you”. There and then I was checked in at the school clinic and placed on drips. The date is 9th of February 2009.

To God be the glory I wowed everyone that saw me at the mosque’s perimeter.

2. I had difficulty with relationships because some believe I could not impregnate a woman or father a child. The societal misunderstanding.

Having lived a more-difficult or complex life, which I try and make huge efforts not to reveal it to people around me, I came up to be built with this ‘tough skin’ of “I will succeed in life”. I converted my complex living to a life of success (I am still a working success though). I was very determined and would never give up on having a decent living despite being living in a developing country with being physically challenged. I always tell myself “I would never give up”. The more challenges I had, the more determined I became towards achieving that goal. I changed the intent people had about me which was, pity et al into a man of inspiration everyone admires and would tell tales of him to others.

I made sure the smile on my face remained, clouding the pains I go through. I kept smiling at the challenges.

You too can keep smiling at your various challenges in life – change your intent. Accept your differences. Embrace your uniqueness. Do not be defined or restricted by your disability. For in disability there is ability.

Lest I forget, I am blessed with a cute son.

Thank you very much. #DisabilityChamp #DisabledInTheLegsNotBrain#SmashSomething #ISeeNoBarrier #BeMotivated #BeInspired #YouWalkIRoll

14 Comments

  1. LEE

    February 16, 2017 at 11:59 am

    I Praise God Almighty for you
    keep encouraging others
    The Sky is just the beginning for you.
    Congratulations on your Son
    I have had sex with a cripple (disabled on both legs) before and i must say the energy/PAWA i them is mind blowing….lol
    God bless your Wife/Baby Mama

  2. Elee

    February 16, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    “Dr. Octopus” you made it, you keep maneuvering through lifes difficult terrain. Thumbs up, you inspire me.

  3. Debola A.

    February 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Woow! Quite inspiring. Keep soaring high champ❤

  4. Tina

    February 16, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    You inspire me greatly, thanks for this inspiring piece; just what I needed now…. going through stuff, but I know with Gd by my side, it would end in praise in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

  5. Tina

    February 16, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    You inspire me greatly, thanks for this inspiring piece; just what I needed now…. going through stuff, but I know with God by my side, it would end in praise in Jesus Mighty Name. Amen.

  6. Kashi

    February 17, 2017 at 12:48 am

    I am inspired bro and I will continue to see you on top of the world in front of the crowd standing before kings and queens. You are simply the best

  7. Junaid Olajide

    February 17, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Ibrahim, I remember those good old days brother, you were inspiring. Was glad we got to see earlier in the year. Keep up the faith, God is always with you.

  8. Bisayo

    February 16, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    I.B….you already know I’m proud of you lol…I can relate to everything you said up there, you are the strongest and the most amazing person I know….love love love you always ❤️

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  9. Ifeoluwa Oluwatoyin

    February 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm

    Wow…Ib…my set NYSC official, I love u so much…u just double my moral.now…thanks for the inspire words….

  10. Omotoyosi kudirat

    February 18, 2018 at 8:00 am

    First of all thank you for sharing such beautiful and heart touching stories. There is something to learn in every story which inspires us in our day to day life. Keep posting ?

  11. Bodunde Bukola Jesutomin

    April 26, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Am encouraged to do more.

  12. Victoria

    April 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

    I’m glad a met you in life. You were a blessing and I could never forget what you’ve done for me. I still remember your words to me at the Nysc camp,Ogun state, I’m still sticking on. Your son has got a great father. God bless you always Mr Omo.

  13. Babalola Olayinka

    April 27, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I pray for wisdom, knowledge and more understanding sir. Everything will end with praise ?

  14. Nnenna

    September 21, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Wow wow wow. Really, ion know how I’m feeling right now.. But like I always tell you, IBB. You inspire me in ways you might not know…. We love you ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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