By Oyeleke Bernice

Ms Obasa has two children who are doing well, to the glory of God. And she is committed to contributing her own quota to the betterment of humanity as long as she lives.

Meet Ms. Obasa Funmilayo as she shares inspiring story to encourage others:

My name is Funmilayo Fehintola Obasa. I was born on 9th September, 1979, as the second of the seven children of Mr Adeyemi Johnson Obasa and Mrs Akindoyin Elizabeth Bosede, in Ibadan, South West Nigeria. I attended Saint Theresa’s Primary School, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, and later proceeded to Urban Day Grammar School, Ring Road Ibadan. As a school child, i had to engage in various commercial activities in order to survive. And at various points in my life, i had to live with complete strangers just so i could get by, since my parents were not financially buoyant enough to cater for my needs.

JOURNEY INTO DEAFNESS

I lost my hearing after a brief illness a month to my SSCE. I was so depressed, however, I sat for the same exam and failed woefully. My parents sought different helps to restore my hearing but all were futile. I refused to resign to fate and attempted some self-development trainings. I ventured into various lines of business and crafts, including artwork/graphics design and computer work. I was later introduced to Christian Mission for the Deaf, Onireke, Ibadan where I learned sign language for three months before I proceeded to Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo in the year 2004 for my NCE program. After my NCE program, I worked with Christian Mission for the Deaf shortly before I got employment with Ogun State SUBEB.

As an employee of the Ogun State Universal Basic Education, I proceeded to Ekiti State University at the Adeniran Ogunsaya College of Education Study Centre for my degree programme in the year 2011. My experience of hardship in life as a deaf girl made me empathetic towards the plight of deaf girls and I became passionate about helping them to access education. This passion birthed Deaf Girl Child Initiative (DGCI) in the year 2018.

Through DGCI, I have been able to support the education of some Deaf girls. The initiative has also embarked on various skill acquisition and educational programmes and to empower deaf girls.

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