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Temitope Batula: A story of when opportunity meet inspiration

Temitope Batula: A story of when opportunity meet inspiration
December 05
11:24 2023

BY ADEWALE ADEYANJU

As someone navigating the world with a disability, witnessing moments of genuine inclusivity and empowerment is profoundly inspiring. The story of Temitope Batula, a visually impaired N-Power volunteer, and her journey to securing employment at Oki Primary School under the recommendation of Mr O.J Falana is a testament to the transformative power of inclusivity.

For too long, societal norms have often overlooked the capabilities and contributions of individuals with disabilities. However, Mr Falana’s proactive approach, dedicating time to visit and interact with schools catering to special needs, speaks volumes about a leader’s genuine commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.

Temitope’s dedication and hard work during her N-Power assignment were commendable, inspiring those of us facing similar challenges. The swift action taken by Mr Falana to recommend her for a stable role within the school was more than just a job offer; it was a beacon of hope and a profound message of equality.

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This singular decision not only transformed Temitope’s life but also sent a powerful message to the entire community. It shattered barriers, proving that disability is never a hindrance to success. The act of prioritising visits to schools, engaging with the students, and recognising their potential has instilled a sense of belonging and dignity among us.

This gesture goes beyond employment; it’s about changing mindsets, creating opportunities, and fostering a culture of inclusivity. It sets an example for our youth, teaching them that diligence and hard work can pave the way for boundless opportunities, regardless of any perceived limitations.

As a member of the disabled community, I join in celebrating Mr Falana’s actions and the inclusive spirit demonstrated by the Lagos state government. It’s a step forward in breaking down barriers and redefining perceptions, reinforcing the notion that disability should never limit one’s aspirations or potential for success.

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Temitope Batula’s story is a shining example that, indeed, disability is not an obstacle to success, and with the right support and belief in one’s abilities, remarkable achievements are always within reach.

As we mark the International Day of Disabled Persons, I can only pray that the spirit of inclusivity and empowerment continues to thrive, ensuring that everyone, regardless of ability, is given the chance to shine and contribute meaningfully to our society.


Adeyanju is the secretary general of the Lagos State Deaf Support Group.

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