Sanusi Hakeem Olukorede, a blind vendor, who was recently featured on Daily Trust on Saturday after his video went viral wandering around Akowonjo and Egbeda in Lagos with copies of newspapers, has had a facelift.
Through the intervention of a non-governmental organization, the blind vendor was able to secure a one-room shop in Ayetoro, Ogun State, after Ayobo in Lagos, where he plans to sell food from on the one hand while continuing to practice his job as a newsagent on the other hand.
Our correspondent had reported how Olukorede prepared the odds of making ends meet after losing his sight in his furniture workshop in Lagos.
Despite his visual impairment, the desire to make ends meet and support his family had driven him to sell newspapers.
Sanusi had recounted how he went blind five years ago, saying many family members tried to stop him from doing business because of his condition, but he pushed them away as he was not ready to become a handicap for the family.
After his story went viral, he temporarily stopped selling newspapers while searching for a new lease of life to support himself and his family.
With a wife and three children, the middle-aged man used to wander around the Alimosho local government area community despite his condition to sell national dailies.
But the intervention of the Oxford Foundation, an NGO, after the Daily Trust Saturday report, has given him new life even as he remains hopeful of better conditions.
In Aiyetoro, a Lagos-Ogun border community under Ado-Odo Ota Local Government in Lagos State, our correspondent met him where he praised the good Samaritans who showed up to ease his plight through several donations that helped him secure a store and food. elements.
However, he said there was still a long way to go. He said: “As you can see, we have nothing in this store, no table, no electricity and I also intend to continue selling newspapers, which made me known . I want to exhibit logs here.
While appealing for more support from Nigerians, he said, “There is still a long way to go in this shop. We have been able to pay for two years and if we don’t have something tangible to sell, the objective would be defeated.
Regarding his visual impairment triggered by glaucoma, he said that while he would be happy to regain his sight, he looks up to God to perform a miracle on him.
“I am currently on my medicine which costs N27,000 per month and I am only using it for 28 days. The doctor told me that only God can intervene because that is what glaucoma normally does but I believe there is nothing God can’t do. If I can get my sight back, I will go back to my job. I am a cabinet maker and attended a technical school where I spent three years. After that, I registered yet another program with the National Employment Directorate (NDE) and to the glory of God I did not do any job that someone rejected,” he said.
He also praised the NGO who stepped in by securing the store for him and other Nigerians who understood his plight.
His wife who was with him at the time of this conversation said that the husband’s medical condition had adversely affected the economic well-being of the family, stating that the little money she earns from selling soft drinks to Lagos is barely enough to do anything for the family. .