Abdullah Sule is a 22-year-old physically challenged guy who is defying all odds to stay relevant and useful despite his state. The Adamawa state indigene shared the story of his life in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng.
Sule who sells stationery materials by the road side in Ikeja said he was not born that way; however, he traced his situation back to the time he was five. According to him, no one could give a concrete explanation on how he suddenly lost the use of his legs and had to be confined to a wheelchair.
The 22-year-old guy said that he does everything by himself as he finds it odd waiting on people for help. He left Adamawa for Lagos in a bid to get a greener pasture and make the most out of his life. Sule uses the back of his wheelchair in conveying the materials he sells from his house located in Agege to Ikeja where he sells his commodities.
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He also stated that he moves on his wheelchair and covers the distance from his house to Ikeja on a daily basis. From all indications, he appears to be a hardworking guy who wants to get the most out of life.
The materials sold by Sule include ball point pens, jotters, ID card holders, envelopes, nail cutters and other materials. He was introduced to the business by his friend who took the pain in showing him the market place and how to sell those materials.
Whenever the 22-year-old gets to the spot where he sells his wares, he uses the back of his wheelchair to display the items to be sold. He moves by sitting on a plank which has small tyres attached to it. When the tyres roll, he is being propelled forward. Sule places slippers on his hands to aid movement so he does not have to put his bare hands on the bare floor.
Sule also told Legit.ng about his family background stating that he is the sixth born in a family of eleven. This figure excludes the parents as he further added that there are five siblings before him and he still has five after him.
Speaking on the issue of begging since most physically challenged persons in the community have reduced themselves to that, the young entrepreneur said that he cannot stand beggars. He laid more emphasis on this saying he hates those who beg as they can do something more meaningful with the time they spend begging.
Sule said he resents begging so much that he can get whoever calls him a beggar arrested. He said that he will report such persons to the police as the name calling is an infringement of his right. He went on to advice all the physically challenged persons in the society urging them to do more with their time and be productive while at it.
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