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BAD NEWS SOWORE: HE’S REMANDED IN DSS CUSTODY RATHER THAN IN PRISON.

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The worst of two evils have befallen Sowore.

I knew he would be remanded in custody, but I thought that the DSS were done with him and would allow him to be remanded in regular prison, But no! The DSS are not done with him yet.

They requested, and the court granted, that Sowore remain in their custody, that is the continuation of the total isolation he has been in for 50 days now.

Note that the only prediction by Chikwado (the blind poet) that did not turn out 100% true was my prediction as to where Sowore would be remanded.

I calculated it would be in the prison, but the situation is worse for him than I foresaw, In light of that, I’m to adjust my assessment of Sowore’s case.

The following are signs of big trouble for Sowore.

The DSS is taking this case very serious.

1) The DSS refused to release him despite the order of Justice Taiwo and the outcry of many.

2) The prosecuting counsel is a senior lawyer, more senior than the one they used in Nnamdi Kanu’s case.

3) The decision to remand him in DSS custody is a special arrangement to ensure that there will be absolutely no unmonitored communication between him and the outside world.

Unless the situation changes and Sowore is remanded in prison next week, the process will break him in no time. So, we must feel pity for him now.

Written By: Chikwado the blind poet and Law student of Unilag

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DSS TREATED SOWORE FAIRLY

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By Chukwu Chikwado Raphael, UNILAG Law

Nigeria human right

The problem with the human right community in Nigeria has always been that there are many crooks and dishonest people among them, and they are the most vocal ones.

Remember how vocal and a champion of human rights Festus Keyamo were until the arrival of Buhari?

Remember how quiet Femi Fani-Kayode was when Obasanjo committed war crimes in Odi and Jegun?
Even today when FFK discusses the Nigerian civil war crimes, doesn’t he make it look as if Buhari fought against Ojukwu alone, doesn’t he make it look as if Obasanjo and Adekunle were not among the Nigerian commanders attacking the Biafrans?
How many times has FFK admitted publicly that Obafemi Awolowo, not Buhari, was behind the policy that killed hundreds of thousands of Biafran children with starvation?

This selective honesty and deliberate amnesia among the Nigerian human rights community is their greatest undoing.
Sowore has become a human rights advocate just because APC did not hire him again. Otherwise, when the same APC paid him millions to attack the most peaceful president of Nigeria, Jonathan, where was Sowore’s human right mind?
Today, everybody with a grudge against Buhari has come out to use Sowore case to pretend to be a human right fighter.
When Shehu Sani was a leading light in APC, what did he think of Buhari?

Sowore conspiracy

In 2011, Sowore and Ambassador Ade Adefuye conspired with Farida Waziri of EFCC to place Emeka Ugwuonye’s name on a DSS list and Emeka was kidnapped at Murtala Mohammed International Airport by the DSS on Februay 13, 2011.
Sahara Reporters gave DSS and EFCC the moral and media support by declaring Emeka Ugwuonye a rogue lawyer; What about Emeka Ugwuonye’s rights then? We just pity the poor ignorant masses that are being misled by very extremely dishonest people pretending to be human right activists.

From the follow media report, sponsored by Sowore’s friends, it is clear that DSS has been fair to Sowore and the treated him in accordance with the international standards:

Punch Newspaper reported as follows: After each statement from Punch, I will add a note to explain:

PUNCH: The co-convener of #RevolutionNow protest, Omoyele Sowore, who has been in the detention of the Department of State Services since August 3, 2019, has accused the DSS of maltreating him.

“I was abducted in the middle of the night.
I was taken to one of their facilities in Lagos. I was beaten up, rough-handled on my way to the facility in the car.
And my cousin, who was in the room with me, was also beaten and handcuffed, and my properties were forcefully seized. And when I got there, of course, the maltreatment continued, they threw me on a cold floor and locked the door.”

NOTE: Why does he call it abduction? It was a valid arrest procedure under Nigerian law. Nowhere in the world is a suspect allowed to choose the time of day or place where he prefers to be arrested.
The arresting authority will take you by surprise that is the best way to arrest a person, especially if the alleged offence is a serious one.

NOTE: It was a proper procedure to restrain the person arrested and people with him if it is perceived by the arresting authority that they may resist arrest.
It will be wrong to beat Sowore during arrest, but we doubt that he was beaten.
Femi Falana, Sowore’s lawyer already made a statement on the arrest and treatment of Sowore during his arrest, and nowhere did Falana indicate there was maltreatment and we believe that would have been the first thing Sowore would tell his lawyer.
So, Sowore is making this up now to look more like a victim.

PUNCH: “I had no contact with even the guards for two nights; I was in that facility before I was flown here by your agents. So, I was seriously maltreated,” Sowore reportedly said during an interrogation session by DSS operatives.”

NOTE: The offense you were arrested for was treason, it is a serious offense.
Those who arrested you in Lagos were to move you to Abuja where your case was to be processed; two days to move you to Abuja are a reasonable period.
When Emeka Ugwuonye was arrested in 2011 with your help and connivance, it took 24 hours for DSS to transfer Emeka from their Ikoyi office to EFCC Ikoyi office; and it took EFCC Lagos from February 15 to February 18 to transfer Emeka from Lagos to Abuja, where he was detained for 90 days without any court order, but because Emeka is an Igbo man, Wole Soyinka did not speak and Falana was nowhere; And you Sowore was using Sahara Reporters to demonize Emeka Ugwuonye and praising EFCC for capturing a hardened criminal, whom you called a rogue lawyer.

PUNCH: “The National Legal Adviser of African Action Congress, the political party on whose platform Sowore contested the presidential race in this year’s general elections, Inibehe Effiong shared the “Transcript from DSS Interrogation of Sowore upon Abduction – Excerpt 1,” on his Facebook page on Monday.

According to the transcript, Sowore was interrogated by five DSS operatives in the presence of his lawyer, one “Barrister Sam.”

NOTE: DSS interrogated Sowore in the presence of his lawyer. What else does he want? That is the international best practice.
Do you know that 98% of Nigerians facing criminal trials in various Nigerian courts were not allowed to see a lawyer until they had confessed and been paraded by the police? And Nigerian judges pretend they don’t see that. Sowore received better treatment from DSS than he would receive from the FBI in New York.

Usman Usman fair interogation

PUNCH: “One Usman Usman, a DSS operative, who led the interrogation, was said to have told Sowore that, “We’ll be asking you questions and our advice is for you to be truthful to the best of your knowledge. We’ll not force you to say anything. Whatever question we ask and you have a problem with or you don’t have an answer to or you don’t want to answer, there is no compulsion, you simply tell us you’re not going to answer these questions.”

When asked by Usman to say “If in the course of your being here anybody has molested you in any way or maltreated you?” Sowore said, “Yes,” and went on to give the response above.”

NOTE: DSS Officer Usman acted very professionally and followed world standard in interrogating Sowore, He did not yell at him, He did not threaten him, and He read his rights to him. Compared to the FBI procedure in terrorism and treasonable cases, Sowore would have faced far more aggressive interrogation techniques. So, the DSS was extremely fair to him.

PUNCH: “On whether he was denied food, the detainee said, “While in your facility in Lagos, yes, but I decided that because of their hostility I won’t take any food until I am allowed to talk to a lawyer. I continued to refuse food; until I was allowed to speak with a lawyer, and I have seen my lawyer, but I am still being denied access to my immediate family.”

NOTE: It is natural that most people arrested will refuse food from the officers. It is a standard and subconscious way to protest against your arrest and to adjust to the detention environment. However, when they get really hungry, they will start eating, this happens around the world.
Nobody arrested will tell you he found the detention food delicious.

PUNCH: “Asked if he had made calls to his family members, Sowore replied his interrogator, “I’ve not made any calls to them. My brother is outside; he wasn’t allowed to see me as we speak.”

Access to Lawyer and family member

NOTE: Punch reported what happened in the first few days of Sowore’s arrest. It is normal, as long as you had access to your lawyer.
Most laws in the world will say “lawyer or family member”, not “lawyer and family member”. And family member does not mean “every family member”, If allowed to speak with you wife, you may not be allowed to also speak with your brother, your mother, your children especially in the first few days of your detention.

Yes, we may have other reasons to condemn DSS, but not the reasons Sowore and his friends are giving us. DSS has been quite professional in dealing with Sowore, even Falana cannot fault them.
They obtained a court order to detain him.
They charged him before the 45 days approved by court expired.
They will arraign him this week and the court will remand him in prison.
There is really no easy way to fault DSS; you may quarrel with Nigerian laws that gave DSS its powers or quarrel with the courts for not using their discretionary powers to block DSS. But that is a different thing altogether.

Don’t make a fool of yourself by writing nonsense on your social media attacking blindly.

OTHER ARTICLE FROM CHIKWADO: THAT WHICH IS OKAY AND THAT WHICH IS NOT-CHIKWADO THE BLIND POET

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THAT WHICH IS OKAY AND THAT WHICH IS NOT-CHIKWADO THE BLIND POET

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Breaking up is okay .
Starting over is okay.
Moving on is okay.
Saying no is okay.
Being alone is oka.

What is NOT okay is staying somewhere that you aren’t happy, valued or appreciated, THAT is not okay.
Don’t be consumed by what went wrong or what didn’t work out, but always forgive yourself so you can heal.

Instead of avoiding your pain, work through it {you will conquer it}
Instead of withholding your tears, let them flow.
Instead of closing your heart, open it. {And you will be free}
Instead of expressing hate, show love. {It will make you outstanding}
Instead of judging another, appreciate them. {It makes you strong}
Instead of fearing the unknown, move into it. {You will find a way to conquer it}

There’s no shame to be hurt. {we all get hurt}
There’s no shame in struggling. {It makes you to achieve}
There’s no shame in getting help. {We all need help}

Depression is real and kills faster than HIV, seek professional consultation or find someone who can give you a shoulder to lean on.
Don’t die in silence and don’t let someone who doesn’t know your worth break you down and make you feel you’re not worthy or sweet…
Cheer up and have a nice day

Chikwado
The blind poet

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NEW MONTH WISH TO A SPECIAL WOMAN – YOUR SPECIAL WOMAN

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WORDS FROM A BROKEN HEART ~ THE PAINS OF LOVE

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It hurts like hell to leave your hand,
The fluke I had been to meet your kind;
But what do I do than to let it slide,
What do I do than to break the ties,
The best of time I spent with you,
You made me feel the hell was cool,
Now the world seems hopeless like I’m hung on a hook,
But I will rather wave goodbye than to again kiss your foot,
I saw your radiant smile even though I’m blind[?]

You tickled my entirety and assured me all was fine,
Cause the green light you shone was just too bright,
Cause the intensity of your laugh was just too high,
I shouldn’t have mistaken all those for a shining star,
I shouldn’t have likened your signs to a waving flag,
I never knew that was your own way of saying sorry.

It is only fair that you tell me I shouldn’t worry,
You punctured my heart with words and now I’m counting hollows,
I feel thick tears in my eyes anytime my heart beckons your hellos,
For there will be no more miracle in my wildest world,
There will be no more oracle calling from my vocal cords.

I wish I could hate you but so bad I lack the strength,
If my love for you is to be measured,
A tape wouldn’t reach the length,
So how do I calm these buzzing feelings in my soul,
How do I rearrange this shattered heart to a whole.

I hope you visit me in heaven like you always say,
Maybe we can rekindle our bond up there once the earth turns grey.

Meanwhile, don’t stop breaking the men’s hearts since that’s your teenage mission,
But you should have seen the purity of my love assuming you’ve got vision.

Chikwado,
The Blind Poet,

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Fearless Catholic Clergy Bishop Matthew Kukah on Biafra

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From Bishop Matthew Kukah

Anyone who thinks the Biafra agitation is a nuisance and irritating should know that it is not the collective aspiration of all Igbos but especially that no one has the monopoly of nuisance.

Nuisance begets nuisance.

When you stay with potash loaders you too will share in their dusty hair.

It is in this country that the same standards are not held against all.

Some can get away with anything but others cannot get away with same thing.

I shudder at those who blame the agitators for agitating; everyone knows what is good for them.

If you don’t know what is good for you then shut up and don’t obstruct those who know what is good for them.

If I have my way I will cease to be a Nigerian because there is no sense of nationhood.

Those who have leverage over others use it to oppress them, otherwise how can you explain the audacious impunity of a certain section of this country.

They can intimidate everybody even a sitting president and get away with it.

When GEJ was president he was literally harassed by this same people until they sent him packing and we thought they will be appeased. But a las we were mistaken!

Now how do I love a country where a murderous terrorist group like the herdsmen acclaimed even internationally as deadly is being openly defended by a govt that wants my loyalty.

BY:Bishop Matthew Kukah

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA DOES NOT REGARD PRESIDENT BUHARI.

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Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, though a clever and experienced politician and the leader of the second biggest African country, will not have much respect for the President of Nigeria.

Just like in all situations, when you deal with a group, you have to look at the internal dynamics within the group to assess its strength and weakness.

A president could be powerful as a person, while his country is weak.

A president is powerful as a person, if he is above the laws of his country.

A country is powerful as a country if its president is subject to the laws of the country
The more personally powerful a leader is, the weaker his country is.

President Buhari is above the law of Nigeria, so Nigeria will remain a weak country; as long as there is a human being within a country that is above the law of the country the country becomes weak.

In South Africa, their president is not above their law. Last two years, they forced their president (President Zuma) to resign; this year, President Buhari presumably rigged himself back to power.

Look at Nigeria!

(1) President and his men are above the law.

(2) Opponents of the president have no protection under the law; even the chief justice of Nigeria could be persecuted.

(3) There is no separation of powers and no supremacy of the constitution.
The head of judiciary could be removed by the president without recourse to the constitution.

(4) For six months after becoming the president in 2015, President Buhari refused to appoint ministers, during that time an Irish company was getting free judgment that ended up costing Nigeria 9 billion dollars.

(5) Nigeria is the only country to lose 9 billion dollars in a phony

(6) Nigerian President is too old; He knows nothing about the internet or information technology.

(7) Nigeria has a president whose school certificate may have been fake.

(8) Nigeria has a president whose electoral victory is still disputed in court.

(9) Nigeria is a country where judges are arrested, detained and released on the order of the President.

(10) Nigeria is a country where herdsmen keep killing people without them getting arrested.

(11) Nigeria is a country where soldiers shoot and kill policemen on duty and set suspects free.

(12) Nigeria is a country whose soldiers run from insurgents.

So, if you are the President of South Africa and you are to deal with Nigerian President, what will you think of him? Honestly speaking, I won’t take Nigeria and their President seriously.

There is nothing they can do even if their citizens get killed in our country; After all, aren’t they killing more of them in Nigeria.
Nigerians should bear this mind when dealing with South Africa. Nigeria has no muscle to flex against South Africa.

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SOUTH AFRICA A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT TO AFRICA

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The South African government has been a disappointment to Africa, just as Nigeria; but let’s talk about South Africa.
In the 70s and 80s, Nigeria led the world in the fight to end the white supremacist regime in South Africa, known as the Apartheid.

Then Nigeria still had the muscle to flex in the continent, not now that Nigeria has become a mockery object.

It was natural, therefore, that upon the end of Apartheid, Africans would be hopeful that South Africa, led by former freedom fighters, would be a blessing to the continent. But unfortunately, the reality has been the opposite.

The post-Apartheid South Africa has been a terrible let-down, it has been like an elephant giving birth to a mouse.

Nowhere else has this been more demonstrated than in the xenophobia that has gripped the South African society for a number of years now, that the South African civilian population, particularly the blacks, would be attacking and killing black African immigrants in their country must be blamed on the Government of South Africa.

The black leaders of South Africa have failed the basic test of leadership, which is a terrible irony.
If the South African leaders were not like drunken idiots, they would have known the long term implications of these xenophobic attacks.

SOUTH AFRICAN ACTION CONSEQUENCES

One, if South Africa will not be able to attract sufficient black immigrants it would need to soften white domination of their economy and their professional class.

Second, it will trigger return hatred of South Africans in other African countries, thus denying the South African economy the opportunity to expand into markets within the continent.

The evils of xenophobic violence in South Africa was mildly revealed yesterday when Nigerians retaliated by attacking and looting South African businesses in Nigeria, often their biggest markets in the world.

That hopefully will send a message to South Africa.

No group will fold their arms and watch their kid and kin slaughtered senselessly with impunity.

And as the South African police are too nice to those killing Nigerians, let Nigerian police borrow that gentle disposition when dealing with Nigerians attacking South African businesses.

Despite all this, the situation is not out of control yet.

The two governments should double their efforts, the emphasis should not be on how to avenge the Nigerians killed, rather, it should be on how to protect thousands of Nigerians still in South Africa, who need to remain in that country.

Also, since not every African country has the clout as Nigeria, it will be proper for Nigeria’s effort to aim to end xenophobia against all Africans in South Africa.

There must be an end to these spates of violence.

The process will not be complete unless there is justice for the victims of the past and present attacks and punishment for people known to be involved in the attacks.

For those, whose shops were looted or who lost their relatives in these attacks, there should be adequate compensation to be paid by South African government.

Both governments must understand that both the xenophobic violence in South Africa and retaliatory violence reported in Nigeria are as a result of government failure to act preemptively.

Chikwado blind poet

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NEW MONTH WISH TO A SPECIAL WOMAN – YOUR SPECIAL WOMAN

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Dear heart, what else should I wish you that you do not have?
You virtually have everything including the priceless

Dear queen, you came at a point when pains, sorrows, ill-health are tormenting and posing threat to my life,
Though, despite every odds, yet you stood by, and called me your “king”

Dear empress, each day I imagine how specious is your empire that you intends to accommodate me making me the emperor
I get thrilled, tossing, wagging my beards in euphoria

Dear princess, friends told me about your bright color, some said your skin shines like stars in the sky,
Some said you are the light that brightens thy King’s path
Making thy eyes mine, that I may see better even as a blind in the dark

Ah! Dear angel, tears streams down my cheeks the day you whispered, telling me you gonna be the sight to my eyes

Dear goddess, it’s a new month! So
My heart is a gift to you, please take it, it’s genuine,
I offer my body to you, accept it, play with it, caress with thy innocent touch, then wait another moment
For a kind return on you, trust me, you gonna like it!

But who is this woman? O! I know her
And she knows me!
But if you think you are the luckiest girl of my life and she is not
Oya, signify by raising your hands here whilst the world passes her judgement on you

Chikwado
The blind poet
To his special woman

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NO RISK PAY THE COST, KNOW RISK REAP THE REWARDS.

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BY
CHUKWU CHIKWADO RAPHAEL,
BLIND LAW STUDENT,
UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, UNILAG.

In our risk-avoidance culture, we place a high premium on safety. We insure our vacations. We check crash tests on cars. We extend the warranties on our appliances. But by insulating ourselves from the unknown “the risks of life” we miss the great adventure of living our lives to their full potential.

Ben Carson spent his childhood as an at-risk child on the streets of Detroit, and today he takes daily, risky complex surgeries on the brain and the spinal cord.

Now, offering inspiring personal examples, Dr. Carson invites us to embrace risk in our own lives.
From a man whose life dramatically portrays the connection between great risks and greater successes, here are insights that will help you dispel your fear of risk so you can dream big, aim high, move with confidence, and reap rewards you’ve never imagined.

By avoiding risk, are you also avoiding the full potential of your life? The surgery was as risky as anything Dr. Ben Carson had seen.

BIJANI SISTERS

The Bijani sisters—conjoined twins—shared part of a skull, brain tissue, and crucial blood flow. One or both of them could die during the operation.

But the women wanted separate lives; and they were willing to accept the risk to reach the goal, even against the advice of their doctors.

As a child on the dangerous streets of Detroit, and as a surgeon in operating theaters around the world, Dr. Ben Carson has learned all about risk—he faces it on a daily basis.

Out of his perilous childhood, a world-class surgeon emerged precisely because of the risks Dr.Carson was willing to take.

In one of his compelling books, he examines our safety-at-all-costs culture and the meaning of rsk and security in our lives. In our 21st-century world, we insulate ourselves with safety.

We insure everything from vacations to cell phones and the likes; we go on low-cholesterol diets and buy low-risk mutual funds, but in the end, everyone faces risk, like the Bijani twins did with their brave decision, even if our choices are not so dramatic or the outcome so heartbreaking, what does it mean if we back away instead of move forward?

Have we so muffled our hearts and minds that we fail to reach for all that life can offer us—and all that we can offer life?

GUIDE

The following Risk guides shall perhaps take you through an examination of risk, including:
-A short review of risk-taking in history.
-An assessment of the real costs and rewards of risk.
-Learning how to assess and accept risks.
-Understanding how risk reveals the purpose of your lives.
-Knowing the key roles risk plays in helping you to realize your full potential and ability to attain a greater height.

Thus, when it comes to the realm of pursuit of happiness, or if you like “success,” risk is the only option to make that dream a reality.

Rsk is the only chief apparatus in which when applied to the right place, at the right time, with the right attitude and with a positive mind-set, no doubts, your adventurous dreams are all ready coming to play and your set goals are becoming the realities of your risk-taking.

But if I may ask, whilst dreaming of a greater height, whilst imagining yourself soaring like an eagle, whilst desiring to become a wealthy and an influential personality, whilst you are wishing to become the master and the independent architect and the chief builder of your own empire, etc.

Now, having engulfed and saturated your mind with the above mentioned height of endless possibilities, my questions are thus:
Does “risk-taking” worth avoiding? Does “risk-taking worth quitting your struggles? No! It certainly does not.

However, risk-taking rather worth’s your courage to even strike harder when the struggle is getting tougher.
Risk-taking demonstrates how passionate you are towards your set goals.

RISK TAKING

Risk-taking entails your ability and dedication in attaining your purpose in life.
Risk-taking is an alternative means of driving powerful innovations and unique ideologies home.
Risk-taking, however, is almost the ultimate answer to the question on how man can reconcile the relative interior forces with the exterior so that man can live a purposeful and meaningful life.

In my own case, as a disable person who had long suffered a quite horrendous pains and impairment in my both eyes which eventually led to a suddenly surprising blindness is no exception.

In other words, risk-taking is not restricted to a particular set of people in the society except those who detest success and therefore do not have a purpose or meaning to their lives.

As a young blind man, from the very day I lost my sight, I was practically faced with a dilemma – looming failure and risk-taking; everything was like a dream to me, I thought of ever becoming anything good to myself, my family and to the society again, I thought of the pleasures of life that I have lost and I will forever miss since my sight is gone.

The most disheartening and heartbreaking thing I thought of was how blindness forcefully took me away from the classroom making me to forget and stop thinking about formal education.
During the time of this painful turmoil and undeserved ordeal, that was equally the same period when I just concluded my primary school education, one could imagine how tender I was in age at that time.

MY SUICIDAL THOUGHT

I could only think of a negative type of risk-taking which was a suicidal thought, of course I attempted suicide more than twice but I failed. It was unsuccessful. I actually thought I was taking a just risk but never knew I was taking a painful means and otherwise option to exterminating my own life.

I’m not however trying to deviate from the context in which this piece of writing is predicated upon but rather relating the subject-matter risk-taking to the degree in which it has effectively and positively impacted in my own life.

But to cut the whole story short, my life has over the years, from the moment I lost my sight to this present time been characterized with risk-taking; my physical challenge itself is a very big risk.
Whilst trying to make the best out of my visual impairment is purely a risk-taking.

Furthermore, the persons with disabilities especially those who struggle to get formal education in the various academic institutions in Nigeria from primary to the tertiary institutions are perhaps faced with unfavorable circumstances that seem to go beyond their control because we literally take risk in almost every activity that we get involved in.

Conclusively, ris-taking is an awesome phenomenon which my disability compels me to embrace on a daily basis. Risk-taking lifted me from the abysmal ditch of illiteracy, ignorance and self-pity to the corridor of global information, and formal education.

At this end, as one of my favorite writers, George Bernard Shaw says:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself”. “Life is about creating yourself.”

Indeed, however, it will be wholly impossible to create yourself in the absence of risk-taking. if you live long enough, you’ll make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit.

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