"Love yourself and love others"
We at FAECARE had a chance to meet up with a lovely damsel with a beatiful heart.
Miss Osaki Theresa Georgewill is a mentor in FAECARE Foundation's Hope again Initiative project, a community based vocational skills and mentoring program for women with disability.
Join us as we get to know her better...
FAECARE Foundation: Could you please introduce yourself for the record and tell us a bit about yourself
OSAKI: My name is Tamunoosaki Therese Georgewill, I'm from Rivers State native of kalabari (Abonnema). I am based at Eleme in Rivers State.
Am from a humble family of five, my parents and two siblings. Am the second child. I have lived up to 35years now.
Growing up was fun because I went to a special school (boarding) for physically challenged children from talking age for my nursery and primary education. In that school we were taught everything a child needs to know.
Secondary school was a girl’s school owned by the church, it was also a boarding school.
I went to school, from nursery to secondary, on scholarship (by the Catholic Church).
Today, I am a graduate of Rivers State University of Science and Technology where I obtained a degree B.Sc. (Computer Science).
Currently I work in a company INTEL’S as a departmental (Administration) secretary.
FAECARE Foundation: Please tell us about the disability, how and at what age were you diagnosed and what was the diagnosis?
OSAKI: I was told it was an attack of polio as infant, i do not know how old i was precisely,. I walk with the support of crutches. It affected both legs.
FAECARE Foundation: When did you first realize or become conscious that you moved a bit differently than others, were u treated any differently by family, friends, and other children?
OSAKI: I realized i was "different" when I started attending a special school, especially because i didn't attend regular school like others. In the school we all had different disabilities, i made friends and was treated well.
Family treats me different with pity and love and they are also careful with me. I would say the general treatment from people has been between good and bad, i have experienced all.
FAECARE Foundation: As a woman living with a disability in Nigeria, what would you say your greatest challenge has been and how have you handled this challenge so far?
OSAKI: I need to smile answering this question.
The greatest challenge has been taking care of a family especially (me) am talking of personal care.
Sometimes i also wonder in my mind who is going to love this beautiful lady without minding of what the outcome will be despite the disability.
As to how i handle the challenge, i go throw life believing everything will be fine since i am not the maker of myself. Fortunately I had good foundation and upbringing that groom instilled me with a lot of love and thought me to have faith in myself.
So far, in this walk of life, i have continued to experience strength and love come everywhere I step my feet.
FAECARE Foundation: What are some of the other challenges that Persons with Disability encounter generally?
OSAKI: I think low self-esteem is a great challenge of most persons with disability especially women with disability.
FAECARE Foundation: What are your thoughts on the lack of a law to protect the rights of PWDs in Nigeria till date?
OSAKI: I think Persons with Disability should be more involved in policy making processes.
FAECARE Foundation: Before we live you do you have any words for our special friends and others out there?
OSAKI: "Disability is an opportunity in disguise."