People with physical disabilities are often seen on the streets begging to make ends meet. However, it is always commendable to see people with disabilities working hard and legitimately to fend for themselves.
NAIJ.com has sighted a beautiful painting of Samira Bawumia, the wife of the vice president of Ghana, and it is trending online. The painting was done by a Ghanaian artist who happens to also be disabled.
According to a professional photographer, Nana Kofi Acquah, who shared photos of the painting on Instagram, he revealed that the art was done by a man who literally has no limbs.
The man identified as Joel Acheampong, Acquah observed, was Ghana's first quadriplegic artist. A quadriplegic is someone who is paralysed in all four limbs.
The artist, NAIJ.com learnt, is married with four kids and runs an NGO that supports other physically challenged artists.
The post has generated much interest on social media with many praising Joel and expressing their desire to help him.
Read some reactions below:
@nettamus seems to know Joel:"OMG wow! I bought a painting from him at the culture centre in Kumasi the first time I came to Ghana five years ago. Now here he is on my insta feed! Crazy! ♥️"
@datfunkyfro was amazed and inspired by the painting:"Wow. This is amazing. Thank you for sharing. We need more inspiration like this."
@hyfreelance wanted to support Joel:"Can you please give details of Joel's artist webpage and his NGO so we can support his work. Thank you!"
@weirdblkgirl wanted to link up with Joel:"I would love to be linked up with him, please if you have an email for him."
@artsyraine521 could not help but admire Joel's work: "I truly admire your work!!! It is OUTSTANDING!!! I can learn a thing or two from you. Thank you for sharing and many Blessings!"
@eqonsept was awed by Joel's talent:"Such an awesome talent @africashowboy thanks for sharing his story. God Bless you"
@oyooquartey was also encouraged by the painting:"Disability isn't inability. That's simply encouraging to those of us who have fully working limbs to not sit and fold our hands in our laps."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com recently shared the news of a South African teenager who makes millions from producing and selling beauty products.
Zandra Cunningham, the founder and CEO of Zandra’s Beauty, an all-natural skincare line, started her company when she was just nine years old. Now, at age 17, her Buffalo, New York-based company has more than 40 products, reports blackbusiness.org.
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