According to Daily Trust News, a blind outstanding graduate of Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria (ABU), Hafsat Suleiman, was recently called to bar after completing Law school.
Hafsat, according to Daily Trust, received massive commendation from social media users and in an interview with journalists on Saturday, Dec. 8, she narrated her moving awe-inspiring story.
Blind from the age of three years old, she said that she chose to study law because she was told back in secondary school that sciences are not for people like her. She also said that through university days, she met with a lot of people who were helpful on one hand and some were unsupportive on the other hand.
“I was just three years old when I became blind, so there are many things that I cannot remember and even when I was told, I could not hold on to them.
“I wasn’t allowed to attend any school of my choice like any other person, I had to attend Kaduna State Special Education school because that was the only school people like me can go to.
“After my primary school, I attended WTC in Katsina before I moved to Girls High School, Kindire in Jos, where I did my JSS 1 and 2. I later moved to Government Secondary School, Kwali in Abuja where I completed my secondary education. Then, after my secondary education, I got admission to study Law at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
“In ABU, the challenges came right from the entry point, because my dean insisted on not admitting me into the faculty because he felt the school did not have the facilities for me to study. It was with the help of God and the intervention of so many people that he agreed to admit me.
“There were other challenges like buying handouts, since they were not in Braille, so I had to either get someone to read with me because I was not brailing them and I was not recording, or make the handouts into soft copies and play on my laptop which has a software that converts text into speech.
“I had people who were always there for me, and even when I took courses they were not talking then, they would make sure I attend my lectures.
Hasfat revealed that the idea of studying Law was a late choice she took when she was told that sciences are not for persons with her condition.
“Growing up, I never thought of becoming a lawyer because my dad wanted me to be a Physiotherapist and up to my secondary school, I was still holding on to that,” Hasfat narrated.
Hasfat concluded by saying that, “I pray that by the grace of God, I will be able to establish a foundation for special children, and even if I am able to cater to only two children, I would be happy and grateful.”
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