Blessing Mary Ocheido, a physically challenged Nigerian pharmacist is very happy she has found true love despite her handicap and couldn’t keep mute over it as she announces she’s set to marry.
Blessing announced her impending nuptials on Facebook while sharing the photo of her potential husband who she described as the finest, tallest, and kindest man on earth. “I carry eye go market jare. And got me the finest, tallest, kindest man with beard on point. #countingdownthedays” she wrote.
Blessing became a household name recently when she took to Facebook to highlight discriminatory nature of institutions in Nigeria against disabled persons like herself.
Taking to her Facebook handle, she shared her story and it reads;
“In 2008, I applied to study pharmacy at Madonna University and I was turned down owing to my disability despite my stellar performance at the interview.
They told my mum (whom I went with) that being mobility challenged, I will not be able to participate in their compulsory Saturday morning exercises so there was no place for me at the institution.
I remember when we left and how my mum cried her eyes out and told me not to worry. That I was too good for them. Anyway, I eventually got my pharmacy degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Even then, there were people who did not want me to graduate as they simply didn’t see why I, as a person with disability, will dare to aspire to a prestigious course like pharmacy. Why not Home Economics or simply sit at home and be at the mercy of my family members’ kindness
Why did I even dream of financial independence as a girl on a wheelchair? Omo, I don suffer for this Naija sha. But seriously though, why are most Nigerian institutions so discriminatory against persons with disabilty.”