- Despite being visually impaired, 37-year-old Chimezie Uwaoma still works and provides his needs as a diesel generator mechanic
- The young man suffered glaucoma some years ago and became totally blind in 2017 because he couldn't afford his medications
- In this interview with Legit TV, the businessman opens up about his regrets of not getting married and having kids, as well as his challenges
For Chimezie Uwaoma, being visually impaired is still not enough reason for him to be idle or resort to begging.
The young man erks a living as a diesel generator mechanic in Nigeria and shared with Legit TV how he lost his sight
Chimezie has been struggling with eye problem since 2012
Chimezie alias Believe Blanca told Legit TV that he began having vision problems as far back as 2012 and is now visually impaired for the past 10 years.
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The mechanic said it all started when he was diagnosed with glaucoma at a time he was still an apprentice learning a skill.
He said he eventually underwent treatment but got totally blind in 2017 over his inability to afford his medications.
"I have been visually impaired for 10 years. I actually went totally blind in 2017. But I still use it (being blind) to work and do what I want to do."
Chimezie's family members thought he faked the blindness
The young man said when he told his family members about the situation of his eyes, they thought he was only pretending and running away from responsibilities.
"When I informed my family members of losing my sight in 2017, they had thought that I was pretending or faking it."
Chimezie, a first son and first child, has however got used to life as a blind man.
The 37-year-old admitted that it's been tough fixing generators and providing for his siblings as a visually impaired person. He said:
"It has not been easy. I face and still face a lot of challenges. When there are jobs, some people decline to give me as they wonder how someone who is blind would fix their generators.
"But upon being given a trial and impressing them, they'd then believe I know my onions and go on to introduce me to friends."
Chimezie says he regrets not getting married and having kids when he wasn't blind. He appealed to Nigerians to help him get a job with a monthly pay so he can cater properly for his siblings and stop friends from cheating him.
Watch Legit TV's full interview with Chimezie below:
Blind dry cleaner says people cheat him due to his condition
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a blind Nigerian man who has been a dry cleaner for 20 years had lamented that people cheat him owing to his sight challenge.
The Lagos -based businessman had acquired the skill before he lost the use of his eyes.
He stated that new customers usually doubt his ability but get convinced after seeing their clothes washed, ironed and packaged as agreed.
The man who has been in the dry cleaning business for the past 20 years said some physicians say his sight problem is spiritual.