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January 27 2015

The Physically Challenged in the Nigerian Entertainment Industry

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Late Ray Charles had lost his sight on the chronilogical age of seven and the younger brother, 2 yrs earlier. The world he once was saw and basked in their beauty and serenity became dark and misty. When confronted with hardship and seemingly insurmountable mountains while he travelled wearily on life's path, he found solace in music which turned out to be a getaway route that late Ray Charles walked upon triumphantly into stardom. Such was the life span with this great artiste(though blind), who totally piano with dexterity that "RAY" a biopic movie was launched in 2004 starring Jamie Foxx and directed by Taylor Hackford. Our parents would definitely have a nostalgic feeling, reliving hit songs such as "I had a woman", "Georgia", "Hit the street Jack", amongst others and with a dozen Grammy awards among others in conjunction with ground breaking achievements recorded in the profile, Ray Charles who passed on to glory on June 10, 2004 was a classic legend.

"This track is indeed delicious, Time passes incidentally of Cobilicious" was the intro from the rap lyrics Cobhams Asuquo reeled out in Dekunle Fuji's successful track "No Lele", though many Nigerians were not aware of his 'nil vision state'. His popularity soared between the populace while he performed the beautiful thought provoking chorus within the song "Lagi Mo" (The rooftop Top MCs) which saw the song punching the number one i'm all over this some Nigerian chart shows. He won the Hiphop world Awards 2007 for the "producer of the season category", enhancing the variety of statuettes he'd already received. He's presently among the highly sought after producers within the music industry, making guest appearances on television programmes and reality show (Project Fame West Africa, season 1) combined with solicitation for his services which extends to Corporate bodies, banks (Sky bank's advert using the Akuna matata song) Peony Paintings

The icy hands of death almost took away Yinka Ayefele in 1999 while he was in an auto crash. The crash affected his spinal chord and sentenced him alive on a wheel chair. With the fiery trials as well as the stop of the pity partying, he was bold enough to place the ordeal behind him, and bursting forth like water from a 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 feature this duo that have succeeded on its stage, but could the identical be said with the movie industry. We have seen disabled roles (visually impaired/ lame) being done by able bodied thespians for the better of their abilities, but would not it be an unexpected to millions of movie viewers for medically proven, disabled individuals to naturally perform such roles allotted to their able bodied counterparts. Who says there are no talented ones included in this whose acting skills can't be brushed up, in the end not every A-list thespian studied theatre arts or attended schools that focused on harnessing such talents.

There are tons of talented disabled people out there rotting away since no-one has dared to provide them an opportunity. After all the scripts may be converted into Braille letters for them to read, no less than we know their a feeling of hearing is hyper functional than that of the sight seeing fellow. A large number of TV Reality shows have hit the screens these past couple of years (dominantly inside the Entertainment sector) with new ones emerging every day, such as Gulder Ultimate search, AMBO, Next superstar, The Intern, Maltina Family dance all, Star Quest, Football with Fash, The Twelve Ambassadors, Government Nigeria, Apprentice Africa, Idols West Africa, Nokia First Chance, Project Fame West Africa.

No reality TV show has been created for the disabled probably borne away from concern with not securing sponsors (who're centered on making returns for his or her investments), or concern with outright rejection by the teeming viewers. Who says a reality demonstrate that the disabled can function in cannot be conceived and birthed, its about ingenuity and who can tell whether this type of reality show can get to be the best among the lot, there is nothing impossible!

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