- A man with a disability, Patrick Onakanwoja, said he was formerly a graphics designer before he started delivering gas with tricycle (keke)
- Patrick said that though he wakes up most times with body pains, he never allowed that to discourage him
- Many Nigerians who reacted to his video said that they would really love to help him if they can get his details
A physically challenged man, Patrick Onokanwoja, has said that his mother who gave birth to him said she could not take care of him because of his disability.
The woman divorced his father and abandoned Patrick. As a way to fend for himself now that he is a man, he uses keke to deliver gas.
He almost had an accident
Speaking about his challenge as a gas delivery man with BBC News Pidgin, he revealed that he was almost going to have an accident with a trailer.
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As a way to save himself, he swerved and burst a tyre in the process. The man revealed that he used to be a graphics designer before he started keke work. He stated that his former job was not fetching him much.
The struggle for survival
Patrick revealed that he was three years old when polio attacked his body. He said when he wanted to get the keke on hire purchase, the dealer hesitated in granting his request because of his physical appearance.
The father of two children said that he cannot stay on the road to beg, that is why he has to do everything to be successful. Watch the video here.
Below are some of the reactions:
Ekezie Udochi Sharon said:
"When i say some mothers are wicked. Trust me there are mothers that don't care about their own fruit ooo. So if you have a caring, supportive, dedicated and loving mother. Thank God big. You have something more than gold."
Kwame Opare-Okafor said:
"Inspiring story, considering what he's been through in life. But we must not turn a blind eye to the fact that his job is a safety breach..."
Ekene Charles Nwokocha said:
"Yet someone out there with two hand and legs plus certificates will be giving excuses. May God cause his helper to locate him."
Jonathan Merit said:
"While some area boys with 2 legs and hands can't do anything to support their lives. May helpers locate this man. Amen."
A female okada rider
Fortune who is from Delta state said that the worst advice she has got from people was that she is too beautiful to be riding a bike under the hot sun in Lagos state.
She said they asked her to pick up prostitution instead. The lady came to Lagos in 2017 on the promise her father’s brother made to put her in school.