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January 27 2015


The Physically Challenged within the Nigerian Entertainment Industry


Late Ray Charles had lost his sight at the ages of seven and his awesome younger brother, a couple of years earlier. The planet he used to be saw and basked in their beauty and serenity had become dark and misty. In the face of hardship and seemingly insurmountable mountains as he travelled wearily on life's path, he found solace in music which ended up being some slack route that late Ray Charles walked upon triumphantly into stardom. Such was the life span of this great artiste(though blind), who literally piano with dexterity that "RAY" a biopic movie premiered in 2004 starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Taylor Hackford. Our parents would definitely possess a nostalgic feeling, reliving hit songs such as "I got a woman", "Georgia", "Hit the Road Jack", and others and with twelve Grammy awards and others in conjunction with ground breaking achievements recorded in the profile, Ray Charles who passed on to glory on June 10, 2004 was truly a legend. - latest on kim kardashian

"This track is indeed delicious, I am going incidentally of Cobilicious" was the intro with the rap lyrics Cobhams Asuquo reeled outside in Dekunle Fuji's successful track "No Lele", though many Nigerians were unacquainted with his 'nil vision state'. His popularity soared amongst the populace when he performed the attractive thought provoking chorus in the song "Lagi Mo" (The rooftop Top MCs) which saw the song striking the number one spot on some Nigerian chart shows. He won the Rap world Awards 2007 for that "producer of the year category", helping the variety of statuettes he'd already received. He's presently among the highly desired producers in the record companies, making guest appearances on television programmes and reality show (Project Fame West Africa, season 1) combined with solicitation for his services which reaches Corporate bodies, banks (Sky bank's advert with the Akuna matata song)

The icy hands of death almost took away Yinka Ayefele in 1999 as he was in an auto crash. The crash affected his spinal chord and sentenced him alive on the wheel chair. With the fiery trials as well as the stop from the pity partying, he was bold enough to set the ordeal behind him, and bursting forth like water from the rock to quench our thirst with refreshing exciting gospel flavour. Fame, fortune, local and international awards have willingly found their distance to his life.

The Nigerian music terrain can boast of this duo who have succeeded on its stage, but could exactly the same be said with the movie industry. We've seen disabled roles (visually impaired/ lame) being carried out by able bodied thespians towards the best their abilities, but perhaps it would be a shock to countless movie viewers for medically proven, physically challenged individuals to naturally perform such roles allotted to their able bodied counterparts. Who says there aren't any talented ones among them whose acting skills can't be brushed up, in the end its not all A-list thespian studied theatre arts or attended schools that specialized in harnessing such talents.

There are tons of talented disabled folks rotting away since nobody has dared to give them the opportunity. After all the scripts may be transformed into Braille letters so they can read, a minimum of we realize their a feeling of hearing is hyper functional in contrast to the sight seeing fellow. Quite a number of TV Reality shows have hit the screens these past year or two (dominantly in the Entertainment sector) with new ones emerging every day, for example Gulder Ultimate search, AMBO, Next superstar, The Intern, Maltina Family dance all, Star Quest, Football with Fash, The Twelve Ambassadors, Big Brother Nigeria, Apprentice Africa, Idols West Africa, Nokia First Chance, Project Fame West Africa.

No reality Tv program has been made for the disabled probably borne away from anxiety about not securing sponsors (who're centered on making returns for their investments), or fear of outright rejection from the teeming viewers. Who says a reality reveal that the disabled perform in can not be conceived and birthed, its about ingenuity and who is able to tell whether such a reality show can end up being the best among the lot, nothing is impossible! - latest on kim kardashian

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