About 14,771 graduates of the National Open University Nigeria, Abuja were awarded degrees in various disciplines during the last convocation ceremony of the institution. One of them is Joshua Sopeju, who studied Computer Science.
Sopeju clearly stood out in the crowd for his uncommon courage and determination to complete his course, despite living with cerebral palsy – a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination and caused by damage to the brain – for 30 years.
The fresh graduate’s feat has since left his siblings, parents and other relatives bubbling with joy. Unable to contain her excitement, his elder sister, Mrs. Mojola Sopeju-Mufutau, took to the social media to reveal that his condition was due to poor medical handling.
She also recounted how he struggled against all odds to overcome his disability.
She wrote, “For 30 years, you lived with cerebral palsy. Yet, you didn’t give up. Yours was a case of prolonged labour. As an infant, it took you almost a whole day to utter your first cry. I remember how we, your siblings, took turns to carry you on our backs to church and school. Our backs ached as you grew older. But we carried you all the same. We took turns to bath you, clean you up and get you set for the day.