Thursday, 21 July 2016

This is Nigeria's first 'deaf' barrister called to bar

It was such an insightful experience to be at the Disability Empowerment Awareness event earlier today.

The seminar/workshop was organised by Star Children Development Initiative in collaboration with the Ajoke Ayisat Afolabi foundation.

Their objective is to get more disabled people included in employment opportunities. Like we know, Nigeria is not very nice to disabled people.

We have so much to share with you and would be publishing them as soon as they are ready.

This story you are about to read, was shared by one of the speakers, Retd. Air Vice Marshall Femi Gbadebo, the founder of Benola, a Cerebral Palsy initiative.

On the 14th of July 2016 at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, history was made when Nigeria's first female hearing impaired lawyer (what you would call deaf).

Many people say, calling such people deaf, is quite demeaning and that reasoning makes sense.

She should have been more celebrated than she is, really, because it takes guts, knowing that the Nigerian system is not friendly to people with disability.

Barrister Catherine Edeh, a graduate of the University of Ilorin, was called to Bar at a colourful ceremony which was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

She is the cofounder and coordinator of the Voice of Disability Initiative, an NGO that advocates for the safeguard of the rights of persons with disability, the orphans and vulnerable ones by advocating for equity, diversity and inclusion.

 Awesome achievement and God bless her!