Bamigbelu Origa: Nigerian photojournalist shares secret of how he almost amputated his leg

Bamigbelu Origa: Nigerian photojournalist shares secret of how he almost amputated his leg

- Bamigbelu Origa has shared his experience with osteomyelitis which he had at the age of 12

- The popular Nigerian photojournalist says a local nurse made a mistake while administering an injection

- His dreams of becoming a footballer was thwarted by the condition

Popular Nigeria photojournalist Bamigbelu Origa has disclosed that his dreams of becoming a great footballer was shattered by a lingering pain in his right leg caused an infection, medically known as osteomyelitis.

A rare, but serious condition, Origa lived with osteomyelitis for close to three decades as he was in dire need of N5million for a hip replacement or surgery.

He claimed to have set sights to becoming a football great as he trained among great players including Super Eagles record scorer of all time Rashidi Yekini (late), Sola Akinsola, Dimeji Lawal, Ojokojo Gbemudu to mention a few.

Origa also claimed to have trained alongside former Super Eagles and Barcelona star Gbenga Okunnowo who, according to him, was his classmate at that time.

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Bamigbelu who possessed amazing dribbling skills was popularly called 'Jairzinho', named after the famous Brazilian footballer. However, his footballing dreams were cut short after a nurse made a lasting error during a treatment at age 12.

“It was an infection caused by injection I took at a pharmacist store around the popular Anfani area of Ibadan while I was a kid,” the award-winning photojournalist told

“I hated life, my parents were sad because it also cost them their respective businesses. My mother was a trader while my dad was a Custom Officer. I have had over 12 surgeries both minors and majors.”

Bamgbelu also explained that he had several forms of treatments from orthodox to local all in the name of having a better life as the increasing pain almost snuff life out of him.

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Living with the excruciating pains, he could not continue with his academics having gained admission into Yaba College of technology in 1992 before he was forced to stop after just four months.

In a quest to succeed, he enrolled with ICAN from ATS and also took computer related courses.

However, according to him a classmate named Adebowale Adegbayi bought him photography books “and that was how I learned the tricks of photography,” he said. His mom bought him his first camera before she later died.

Origa is famously known in the Nigerian sporting circle as his lens have captured some of the most iconic moments in Nigerian sports.

He has covered events in and outside of the country as his works are published on national and international dailies.

“My works were exhibited at Alliance Francaise Enugu, Ibadan and Institute de Franchise Abuja. My works were also exhibited in Chicago at Black art day in US," he disclosed.

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On how he survived, Origa disclosed that in 2015, the pains became so unbearable that he once told a doctor to amputate the leg if there was no solution.

“He then examined me and was able to document my problems. I had to put my fund raising channel on social media for two good years, but I raised almost nothing from the required N5million.

“People from football assisted me including some unknown members in a WhatsApp group 'NSM Rebranded'. I also want to thank a particular club owner Remo Stars' Kunle Soname who all made contributions for his immense efforts.

“I went to India for the corrective hip surgery in 2018 and I believe God has healed me completely,” he concluded. earlier reported that Super Eagles midfielder Wilfred Ndidi has announced the arrival of his first child with wife Dinma who he married in May, 2019.

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