Disability and Culture

Wusufor
Posted November 21, 2021
The Greatness that brought me this FAR

To be born with a disability around the 80s or 90s can't really be compared to these our 21st centuries. The difference I have come to notices is huge,Speaking from the context of African.

Disability then was a curse, a taboo. The family with a disabled kid had sin before the ancestors and hence that child or kid was their punishment from the gods.

Before Christianity came to Africa, Africans already available worship was  traditional worship through these smaller carve deities call gods. Even as it still practice among other Africans.

​​With this type of worship it was mandary for every head of the family(father) to go to the shrine to find out why a disable child was born to the family. Visiting the festive priest requires you go with gift to appeal to the gods. Mostly, food items are most pleasing. When your gift is accepted, the priest will process with your mission.

In most cases, the respond from the gods is always entangled or related with the disabled kid. And for sure because the family both mother or father had done something mischievously in the past, WoW.

Its so severe to the extend that selebrospinal kids or spastic kids are kills in some families. These kids are called (snakes) in disguised. Therefore, families are instructed to killed them to avoid great misfortune.

All these barbaric acts were very rampant in the 80s and 90s when I was born. Praise be to the Almighty God in Heaven that I was not part of these dead ones else you will not have the opportunity to read this my story.

CHANGE HAS FOUND US

Today, I am much glad to say change has found us. If any family is caught putting any of their disabled kids to dead and reasons are proving to be the disability, the law definitely will deal with you drastically. Also, then Christianity came and the Bible save us. The bible disputed with great honor what the then traditional s priest were saying about the sin of a disabled kids. 

In jesus's ministry, he was confronted with a similar question: Why kids are born with disability? His answer was very honouring. When he said no any disabled kid had sin but some are created different honor God as to his power ship.".  "

Culture there say is dynamic and over centuries we have come to benefit from these change as disabled people or persons living with disabilities. 

DONT LET CULTURE OR DISABILITY DIFINED YOU

Culture is unique, its what identified you so is your disability but dont let any defined you. Being a Person With Disabilities (PWDs) is special, and you got to let it show. See yourself as who you want to be not what others want you to be.

Be capable of what you can do and go for it. I have seen other PWDs allowed their disability defines them, society defines them and they accept it. You are different! You are unique! You are powerful and Dont let any body takes that away from you.

BACK TO THE 80S

Upon my Dad's visit to the traditionalist to enquire about me. He was told I was going to be GREAT in the future, henceforth the reasons I am still alive and kicking. If you are a PWDs let the world feel your greatness.

 

This story was submitted in response to Disability Justice.

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Rahmana Karuna
Nov 21
Nov 21

thank you for your story Wusufor. what a beautiful photo with beautiful smiles and colorful dresses. so happy you are alive and kicking and writing!! blessings on your father for receiving wonderful news.

Wusufor
Nov 21
Nov 21

Ha :-D , a great news indeed, I still breath. Thank you very much Aunty Rahamana for your kind comment. I appreciated it. I hope you are all doing well?
Warm regards in sisterhood :-)

rehema lyoka
Nov 22
Nov 22

thank you for sharing your story . and Thank Allah that such things no longer take place

Wusufor
Nov 22
Nov 22

Greatest thanks indeed goes to God Almighty. And also thank you for having time to read through. I appreciates it.
Kind regards to you and your entire family.

MUKABA ZAWADI
Nov 22
Nov 22

Merci pour le partage, c'est appréciant

Wusufor
Nov 22
Nov 22

Merci :-D,
Thank you dear
Regards

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Nov 22
Nov 22

Greetings Wusufor,
it's good to read this story on how far we have come from an African point of view. Yet still we have very far to go and by reading stories like your own here I am happy you are educating others of our ignorance to believe such entrenched beliefs.
I have work with many many wonderful people with so called disabilities for many years and it was a wonderful experience that taught me a lot from wonderful loving kind people.
Keep sharing your stories, it is much needed,

Mama Queen

Wusufor
Nov 22
Nov 22

Dear mama Queen,
I am glad to hear you say my story relate to your experience. And it love you devoting your work to PWDs , its really amazing getting to know us. Its easier to judge us when you on the fence but when you wear our shoes, the empathy flows :-) ha.

We are really loving people to be around with in deed. God bless your work.
Greetings in sisterhood and my kind regards to the disability movement at your end.
Cheees

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Nov 23
Nov 23

Thank you my dear, Keep moving forward in hope and strength!
Mama Queen

Wusufor
Nov 25
Nov 25

Thank you very much and I say amen to that.
Warm regards and greetings to the entire family

Kumasi Goodness
Nov 22
Nov 22

Thanks for sharing your story.

Wusufor
Nov 23
Nov 23

Thank you also for reading through :-).

Grace Iliya
Nov 23
Nov 23

Thank you for sharing this dear. I am sure your future will always be bright.

Much Love

Wusufor
Nov 23
Nov 23

Thank you very much for these appreciatives comments. It sure is and i say amen to future lights :-) ha
Same here and regards.