A Continuation of the Inspirational Emmanuel Yeboah
“I just wanted to sacrifice myself for my people and the people in the world. For them to think about who have a dream. To help that person to make a dream come true. For me growing up in like 70’s coming up is very difficult for me because that time I’ve seen so many parents killing the disabled children, leaving them in the forest. I was so lucky that I had a very good mother and wonderful mother taking care of me. She didn’t kill me because the time I was born and I have my one leg deformed they asked my mom to kill me and my mom said no I’m not going to kill my son. She loved me so much because the time I was born my father left me and my mom. I just wanted to listen to my mom and see how my life would change. And my mom put something into me that when I focus or when I believe in myself I can do anything I wanted to do.
Ghana’s like a soccer country. My friends, if I go to school they play soccer and everything and I wanted to play with them. And they said no we can’t allow you to play. So I saved money to buy my own soccer ball and I sent my soccer ball to school. And my friends, they happy that I bring a soccer ball. And they said ‘Emmanuel we’re going to play with your soccer ball’ and I said ‘okay before you play with my soccer ball you have to include me to the team.’ And they said sure, and they did.
And I said you know I’ve seen are treating disabled people differently in this country. I want to change that perception. So can we come together and do something? And I sit down and I say okay bicycle is individual sports. I can take my bicycle to go to anywhere I want. That’s why I choose the bicycle to ride with only one leg to change the perception how people think for disabled people in our country. And I write to all these companies for them to give me money to buy a bicycle. And at that time they called me and said ‘Emmanuel how can you ride a bicycle with one leg?’ And I met Americans in Ghana, and they say Emmanuel, we know a foundation in America called the Challenged Athletes Foundation they help athletes like you. So maybe they can help you. Couple months later they sent me helmet and bicycle and everything all the way from California to Ghana. And I was so happy that day I was rolling myself on the floor and I said today my dream will start.
My president call me and say ‘Emmanuel, so how can I help you?’ And I said ‘I’ve travelled to America before. They have a law fighting for disabled people in their country. I want you to fight the same law in this country and he did. People judge the box not by what inside a box that’s what I wanted to put in the people’s mind that you can able to do a lot when we come together and we will be decided what will help the world not what will help yourself. That will make the world the a better place for all of us. That’s why I’m still doing this because before I can see a perfect Ghana I want to see all the disabled people to clear from the road side. For them to have their own jobs. For them to go to school.
My name is Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and what moved me is how to change some perceptions in Ghana and around the world. I want people to believe that to have a disability is a gift. You can use your gift to change many people’s life. So my gift is to have a disability and it doesn’t push me back but it push me forward. I will never quit. Always I will keep on pounding until the day my dream will come true.”