Survival is for the Fittest
Born in a humble family of three kids in a small semi-arid town in Africa, my dad was well-off. He was fresh from technical school (college) and among the top in his class. Call it fate or luck, a local company was rebranding and was recruiting young minds to the company to give it a twist in management and staff. My father was one of the young lads to be absorbed while mum was around to take care of our empty stomachs which she proudly did.
My first and second year in campus was sporty great since I secured a full scholarship which involved playing the game I was born to play and at the same time receiving top notch education. Then on one bright Saturday afternoon, all came to a stop! I was involved in a major crash involving three vehicles; two saloon cars and a bus. Thank God no life was lost, all I heard was a huge bang and the rest is not clear to date. I regained consciousness at the hospital but there was a serious problem. Moving my legs was next to impossible.
“I am not ready for this”, I thought, because I knew that playing rugby was now a story to be told rather than a reality to be experienced. The doctor came to the room and told me to be prepared for anything, which included not using my feet again. This immediately broke my spirit.
Never Give Up - Time Heals
I knew that my family, friends, well wishers included, were sad for me. But this they tried to hide from their faces through their ever encouraging get well soon’ cards and calls. I also knew then that life had to be taken for what it was so I decided not to be sympathized as long as I am living. I opted to try out a new path, believing that time and God will heal my wounds. I started a self-help group using a platform provided by one of the popular social media sites. And through the help of my family, friends and the rugby foundation, I was able to mobilize thousands of expert volunteers in Africa who now visit and counsel accident victims in hospitals including clinics.
I was discharged from the hospital after a few weeks not walking with my two feet but walking with millions during their hardest times; and this, am proud to say. My network is doing great, and I am planning to expand further beyond borders. My scholarship was maintained, and I was able to graduate with a Bachelors degree in science. I am currently working with the health and counseling team in one of the major hospitals in Africa – all credit goes to the experience that made me the person I am today.