7 NOTABLE VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

We have quite a number of visually impaired people from all around the world, including those of them with good records on how they have lived their lives, focusing on passion and accomplishing great things. We have chosen to look into the lives of seven people.

1. DOC WATSON 

Born March 3, 1923 is an American guitar player, song writer, singer, singer f bluegrass, folk,country, blues and gospel music. An eye infection caused Watson to lose his eye vision before his first birthday. Despite this, he was taught by his parents to work hard and care for himself. He attended North carolina school for the visually impaired.

The first song Doc ever learned to play was when roses bloom in Dixieland. His father was so proud that he took Doc to the store and bought him his first guitar, a twelve dollar stella. Doc proved to be a natural and within months, he was basking on local street corners, playing Delmore Louvin and Monroe brothers duet alongside his brother. By the time he reached his adult years, Doc had become a prolific acoustic and electrical guitar player.

2. COBHAMS EMMANUEL ASUQUO

A Nigerian song writer and music producer, who started his academic training as a lawyer but veered into music full time to fulfil a lifelong desire he nurtured. Twelve years of consistently working in his inner calling has today rewarded Cobhams with a name that is synonymous with musicianship and top quality in the Nigerian music industry.

He is presently the CEO of Cobhams Asuquo music production, CAMP. He was for several years signed to Song ATV London as a song writer and he won awards in music as well as in other fields of interest  

3. STEVIE WONDER  

Born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 30, 1950, is an American singer, song writer, multi-talented and record producer, blind from infancy, Wonder signed with Motown records as a pre-adolescent age 12 and continues to perform and record for the label to this day.

It is taught that he received excessive oxygen in his incubator which led to retinopathy maturity, a destructive disorder affecting the retina, characterized by abnormal growth of blood vessels, scarring and sometimes retinal detachment.

4. LOIUS BRAILLE

Jan 4,1809 to March 23, 1963, became blind after he accidentally stabbed himself with his father’s awl.

He later became an inventor and designed Braille writing , which enable blind people read through by feeling a series of organised bumps representing letters. The concept was beneficial for every blind person around the world and is commonly used today.

5. HELEN KELLER

June 27 1880 to Jun 1 1968. Helen Adams Keller was an American author, activist and lecturer. She was the first blind person to graduate from college.

She was not born blind, it was not until 19 months of age that she came down with an illness described by doctors as an acute congestion of the stomach and brain which could have possibly been scarlet fever or meningitis. The illness did not last for a particularly long time, but it left her blind and deaf. Keller went on to become a world famous speaker and author.

She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities, amiss numerus other causes.

6. DAVID ALEXANDER PETERSON

Born May 20, 1954, is an American politician who was governor of New York from 2008 to 2010. He is the first African American governor of new York and also the second legally blind governor of any US state after Bob.C. Riley who was governor of Arkansas for eleven days in January 1975.

At the age of three month, Peterson contacted an ear infection, which spread to his optic nerve, leaving him with no sight in his left eye and severely limited vision in his right eye.

7. ZOHAR SHARON

Who is a Morrocan Isreali, lost his right eye at the age of 25, after a chemical substance was accidentally sprayed in his face while serving in the Israel defense forces in 2003. Three years later, he lost his remaining sight while driving with his wife who has to take the wheel when Sharon’s left eye rapidly filled with blood.

Later on, he started playing golf and has won titles in Israel as well as Europe. He clinched his first title in 2003 world invitational blind golf tournament in Scotland and four more titles since then.

Compiled by Jumoke Onayemi