An Interview with Aisha Galadima

FAECARE: Hi lady let's meet you, tell us a little about your self

Aisha: Am Aisha A A Galadima, a graduate with masters in Business Adminstration from Rivers State University of Science and Technology Nkpolu. I hail from Gashua, in Bede LGA, Yobe state, but am partly Abonnema, in the Kalabari Kingdom, Rivers State. I am a single mother to a 7years old boy who I call my pride and shona (Indian word for sweetheart). I am the first born in my family of twenty-one (21) kids from dad and four (4) girls from mum. I am a pulpit minister in Christ The Lamb International Church. Am an Event Manager, a Gospel Singer and an upcoming Actress .

FAECARE: How did you become Physically challenged/differently abled?

Aisha: I was involved in a ghastly motor accident on the 25th of January 1998, where I incured an injury in my spinalcord that led to my sitting on a temporal wheelchair.

FAECARE: What would you say has been your biggest challenge?

Aisha: My biggest challenge was fitting into the society again. I found it difficult going back to school because I just rounded off my second year when I had this accident. Because I was refused starting from where I stopped and was asked by the school authorities to go back and write Joint Admissions & Matriculations (JAMB) examination. So I used it as an opportunity not to go back to school, I had inferiority complex, I was ashamed and depressed, I couldn't face my friends and the society anymore, so I confinded myself to my room and isolated myself.

FAECARE: What motivates you and keeps you going?

Aisha:  My greatest motivation and what keeps me going is the story of a Lame man at the pool of Bethseda, he rose up after 38years. If he could walk after that so long a time which means I can also walk. Then another motivation is my beloved mother, Her Excellency, Rt Rev Dr Deborah Ibim Alabraba, I call her My World, she is the best. If I had the choice, I'll choose her again and again as my mum. Another one that motivates me is my son, my Pride, my Shona.

FAECARE: What advice/counsel do you have to others who may be challenged in one way or the other?

Aisha:  My advice to those physically challenged is this, Love yourself, once you do so, you'll have peace within you. Don't let anything cause you depression, once you are happy, every other thing will fall in place, you'll feel like everyother physically abled person in the society, because you must be psychologically fit.

Because you cannot use your legs or hands or even both, doesn't mean you can't use your brain. You maybe physically disabled doesn't mean your brain is disabled too.

FAECARE: What word do you have for youths in general?

Aisha:  To the youths, you are the leaders of tomorrow, live a good life, don't be deceived by anybody. Make sure you are well educated, use your intellect and talent for the betterment to our country Nigeria. Dream big, act big and live big. If I can achieve my dreams, then you can achieve yours too. But the only way you can achieve this is by making the Holy Spirit your Divine Personality, make HIM your friend and consultant, and that vision of yours will come to fulfilment. I always tell myself "You can't kill a man of tomorrow today".

FAECARE: Lastly what would you say has been your greatest achievement?

Aisha: My greatest achievement is that am now closer to GOD, I have a reputable degree, and I have a beautiful son. Amid this challenge has made me know who are my true friends.


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