Joseph Chikunie, a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Lagos says his father prevented him from attending school due to his disability.
Chikunie said this in an interview with Vanguardngr.
Joseph Chikunie who holds a PhD in Philosophy and doubles as a don in the same Department at UNILAG said it was his uncle who happened to be a professor that took interest in him ad enrolled him in a school.
In order to prove his abilities, Chikunie recorded six distinctions and three credits in his Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, SSCE, and from there proceeded to the University of Lagos in 1995 where he emerged as the General Secretary of the students’ body at the Faculty level before capping it up as the first President of Disabled Association of Nigeria.
He lamented that life was not easy for him at the beginning of his life.
“Life then was difficult and full of traumatic experiences. In fact, my father did not want me to go to the school because he said I could not cope. He said he could not see the way I could cope but I had an uncle, Professor Willy, who actually is my benefactor. Today, through him, I have been able to accomplish this achievement,” Chikunie said.
In order to give back to his society, Dr Joseph Chikunie has founded the Association of Indigenous People with Disabilities, AIPD, based in Lagos.