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Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran: Blind, Female Award Winning Author At 12 Years Old by JSayin(f): 10:36am On Mar 31, 2016
SOURCE: http://finesisi.com/adeife-ugwumsinachi-adeniran-blind-female-author-of-an-award-winning-book-at-the-age-of-12/

In 2003, 3-year-old Adeife was taken to South Africa by her mother to seek treatment for Glaucoma at the Pretoria Eye Institute. She was born in Ogbomosho, a town in Western Nigerian. Her father, David, is a Navy Captain and her mother, Jenevive, an Engineer.



Her mother recalls the tough ordeal of ensuring that routine medications, some of which had to be applied hourly both day and night, kept her mom awake for months unending.

Plans changed and they eventually settled in South Africa to enable Adeife take advantage of the existing educational and medical facilities which were deemed suitable for her development and rehabilitation. The rest of the family joined in South Africa later

Little Adeife was eventually enrolled at Bumble Bee Pre-School in Pretoria then subsequently in 2008, at the Prinshofskool in Pretoria for visually impaired people also at Pretoria in 2006.

At Prinshofskool, Adeife’s creativity began to develop. She rose above her visual impairment and represented her school in various inter-school competitions involving Poetry, Drama and singing in Afrikaans.

She won several academic awards in subjects like Social Science, English, Mathematics, Afrikaans and Life Orientation. In addition to distinguishing herself academically, she also stood out as a well-behaved young lady and received a certificate for Exemplary Behavior.

By the age of 10, spurred by her imagination, Adeife persistently pounded her noisy, braille typewriter for several nights to pen an award winning book. Her first book “Can You Imagine” is about a young girl who relocated from South Africa to Pretoria and lost her most priced possession; a journal she wrote innermost thoughts and invaluable secrets. Her search for the journal turns out to be one interesting adventure.

What inspired me to write the book was that I wanted to prove that disable people could do something for themselves and we are not a write-off and we also have a voice no matter what anyone says. And I also wanted disabled people to stand up for themselves”

After writing the book in braille, she had the book transcribed to cater for sighted people by reading it out sentence by sentence to her sister who typed it on a computer every day until it was finished. It took 5 months but her book was eventually published.



Adeife’s book was first launched in the UK then in South Africa where she received one of the most prestigious awards from President Jacob Zuma. Following this event, she was invited to the World Economic Forum in Capetown, in May 2015 where she presented her book to Nigeria’s then President, Goodluck Jonathan and also met with several prestigious Nigerian business people.

During her speech at the forum, Adeife said her dream was to use all the proceeds from her book sales to build a good school in Nigeria for disabled children. This moved many business leaders present who then offered to take up the responsibility to build a school for the disabled in Nigeria which would be named after the young author.

When asked during an interview, Adeife said the advantages of being blind were not knowing when the lights were put out hence being totally oblivious during darkness in addition to being able to honestly tell people off or put them in their place without being restrained because you are spared from having a glimpse of their physical reaction. Conversely, she says that a blind person could be misconstrued as being discourteous when they walk past people without offering a greeting because they did not see the person.

Adeife Ugumsinachi Adeniran is a rare human being and perfect role model worthy of emulation. In a world where even people without disabilities have not achieved much, this brave, young lady has been able to overcome all obstacles in her path to etch her name in the sands of time.

b]MORE INSPIRING STORIES ABOUT NIGERIAN & AFRICAN WOMEN AT[/b]: finesisi.com/finesisis-hall-of-fame/

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Re: Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran: Blind, Female Award Winning Author At 12 Years Old by Swissheart(f): 10:42am On Mar 31, 2016
Great
Re: Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran: Blind, Female Award Winning Author At 12 Years Old by Mologi(m): 10:51am On Mar 31, 2016
Inspiring ....mo n wa iyawo oo
Re: Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran: Blind, Female Award Winning Author At 12 Years Old by Dan18(m): 10:49pm On Jan 25, 2018
Mologi:
Inspiring
....mo n wa iyawo oo
I can help you with her number
Re: Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran: Blind, Female Award Winning Author At 12 Years Old by Mologi(m): 10:39am On Jan 26, 2018
Dan18:

I can help you with her number

Don't worry, help yourself!
Re: Adeife Ugwumsinachi Adeniran: Blind, Female Award Winning Author At 12 Years Old by Dan18(m): 5:20pm On Jan 26, 2018
Mologi:


Don't worry, help yourself!
You dey vex?

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