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Emmanuella

NigeriaLagos, Nigeria

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July 30, 2013

Emmanuella Akinola

About Me: 

We only think of ourselves we do not think of the effect of our actions and words on others but the only way er can find true happiness is to DO TO OTHERS WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE OTHERS TO DO TO YOU!

I am journalist by training (was trained at the Nigerian Institute of Journalism) however my journalistic training does not end with reporting what others have are doing rather it starts with shaping the world, setting the agenda that will include everyone in development process.

I let the newsroom to the advocacy after some years of service. My advocacy is geared towards increasing the understanding of people on the need for inclusive practice especially as it affects persons with disabilities.

Although I am not a person with disability but I am married to one and not by accident. Being married to him means i am affected by the discrimination, inaccessibility, stigmatization etc.
I read different message I introduce my husband as a blind person: some are pity (eya!!) suprise (woow!!) disgust (kai!!!) etc.

As a result I can not afford to sit and watch believing all will be well. we have to tackle the problem from the root.

My Passions: 
To see persons with disabilities especially women have equal access to infrastructures and services for development
My Challenges: 
Poor understanding of disability issues, shortages of resource; human and material to increase the awareness and understanding.
My Vision for the Future: 
A world where all persons inrrespective of their abilities or disabilities have equal access to resources.
My Areas of Expertise: 
Media relations, media advocacy, mainstreaming issues of social inclusion: disability gender
My Languages: 
English, Yoruba

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