"I Became Blind At Four Months Old" -Blind DJ,Augustine Akpeji Shares His Inspirational Journey

Date: 22-06-2024 4:38 pm (3 weeks ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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In a moving testament to resilience and passion, Augustine Akpeji, a 26-year-old blind Nigerian DJ, shared his remarkable story of overcoming blindness to pursue a career in music. Speaking at a seminar on glaucoma awareness, Akpeji recounted his journey from losing his sight at just four months old to becoming a celebrated DJ.

The event, titled “Unlocking The Mysteries of Glaucoma - All You Need to Know,” was held at St. Felix Heights, Eleta Eye Institute in Ibadan, Oyo State. During his interview with The PUNCH, Akpeji detailed his early life challenges and his unwavering dedication to music.

"I lost my sight due to eye cancer when I was just four months old," Akpeji began. "But blindness didn't stop me from following my passion. I've always loved music and wanted to share it with others. Being a DJ allows me to do that."

Despite his visual impairment, Akpeji has mastered the art of DJing and playing various musical instruments, including the drum set, talking drum, and trumpet. His journey, he says, has been one of self-discovery and breaking barriers.

"No one taught me to be a DJ. I faced many challenges, but I persevered," he explained. "I interact on social media just like anyone else. Though I'm completely blind, I chat on WhatsApp and other platforms. My blindness doesn't define my capabilities."

Dr. Gboyega Ajayi, Chairman of the Eleta Eye Foundation, emphasized the importance of glaucoma awareness in his address. He highlighted the silent yet devastating impact of glaucoma, a condition that can lead to irreversible blindness if not detected and treated early.

"Glaucoma quietly destroys vision without the person knowing," Dr. Ajayi said. "Many come to us in the late stages when prevention could have saved their sight. We need to take this fight to the public to prevent further blindness."

Dr. Ajayi recounted alarming cases, including a blind trailer driver who continued to drive, unaware of the severity of his condition. This underscores the urgent need for regular eye check-ups and awareness.

Professor Affiong Ibanga, a specialist in Glaucoma Care and Research, urged Nigerians over 40 to undergo regular medical checks. She warned against self-medication and consulting unqualified practitioners, emphasizing early detection and proper treatment.

"Glaucoma is a significant problem in Nigeria, affecting many, particularly in the productive age group," Professor Ibanga noted. "Early detection and appropriate treatment are crucial. We must avoid quacks and ensure our eyes are treated by trained professionals."

The seminar concluded with a call to action for increased awareness and proactive measures to combat glaucoma and prevent unnecessary blindness, reinforcing the stories and messages shared by speakers like Akpeji and medical experts.


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