- A US-based Nigerian, Chidi Olujie, has passed a short but powerful message to the Deaf community in Nigeria
- National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA), the largest deaf advocacy organization in the United States, has featured Mr. Olujie in a video clip marking its DeafBHM2018 in Washington DC
- It is also the African-American History Month in the United States when important people and events in the history of the African diaspora are remembered and celebrated
- Olujie, in his message to the Deaf across America and Nigeria, urges us to cultivate the spirit of love, self-confidence, and faith in our ability to shape our destiny
Through Mr. Chidi Olujie, America’s National Black Deaf Advocates Inc.(NBDA) has passed a short but powerful message to the Deaf Community in Nigeria. NBDA is the largest official advocacy organization for thousands of Black Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the United States.
NBDA annual conference always comes in the month of February; so is the Black History Month- a time when important people and events in the history of African movement is remembered. NBDA has given a voice to Mr. Olujie in its DeafBHM2018.
In an inspiring videotaped message made available to INN, the special education teacher at Gallaudet University announces in a perfectly American Sign Language that it has been the incredible support of his family that has enabled him to go far.
A product of the University of Ibadan with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Special Education, Mr. Olujie is the current National Secretary of Nigerian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD).
“Believe in yourself. Don’t depend on other people’s opinions”, the doctoral scholar at George Washington University advises.
Obviously sensing the widespread division, including the culture of Pull-Him/Her Down Syndrome in the Deaf Communities around the world, Mr. Olujie tells us to show some love to each other no matter the challenges, and the attitudes of people that confront us because that’s the way to change negative hearts and minds.
“Whatever you face, move on. Show some love. When your love is shown, they will change.” “Show some love. That’s all”, he says.
For Mr. Olujie, that’s the way to be the best version of ourselves.
Watch the video below: