Charity A. Ango
Charity A. Ango was born a twin, but she is disabled while her twin sister has no such issue. She disclosed how she overcame mockery to become a graduate and a popular figure in Nasarawa. Popularly called "Cha" by her friends, Charity was born in Nasarawa Eggon in Nasarawa State.
She told Daily Trust that she was born a disabled person while her twin sister, Blessing, is a normal person. Both of them are, however university graduates.
Charity said, "When my father enrolled me in primary school, as there was no special school for the disabled then, many children and adults in the primary and secondary school laughed and mocked at me every day for being an ambitious disabled person. But I was adamant and continued with my studies.
My father too was mocked at for wasting his time and money on a disabled girl, but both of us were determined and I am now a graduate."
According to her, she was both lucky and determined to study and contribute to her society, as her father was also determined and footed her bills. He hired a commercial motorcyclist who took her to and from school throughout her primary and secondary school period.
"I surprised my detractors when I passed all my examinations in flying colours with credits in English, Mathematics, Christian Religious Studies, Biology, Civic Education among others," Charity said. And that enabled her to secure admission into the University of Jos to read Special Education. She has graduated and is undergoing the mandatory National Youth Service (NYSC) at the Comprehensive Special School in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
She recalled that she was popular in the university community as they nicknamed her "Cha" shortened for Charity. The students were very helpful as they used to pass by her room and assisted in pushing her wheelchair to the lecture hall and that when they had a lecture in a theatre that didn't have a ramp for her wheelchair, the students lift her to the class and assist her down the stairs after the lecture.
She said as the Special Education Department was established before her set, and the undergraduates and post-graduates were grown-ups, they did not mock her but encouraged and supported.
Charity did not mention any particular person among those that assisted her immensely, as she didn't want to name some and forget to mention others and thereby offend them, she said.
After her graduation, she learnt that she could apply and be offered to serve her mandatory NYSC where she liked, and that was why she chose to serve in her state, Nasarawa.
Though, she said she is now a graduate and over 25 years old, she did not look down on those that mocked her and her family for wasting time and money by sending her to school. But most of them confessed to her that they were surprised by her zeal and perseverance to overcome mockery and acquire a university degree.
Charity, now teaching Special Education at the Comprehensive Special Education School Lafia, is happy to be imparting knowledge to children suffering from autism.