By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring precise story—which used to be become a movie, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by way of Oprah Winfrey—is not anything wanting amazing.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was once brushed off via such a lot people—but no longer via his mom, who taught him to arrive for his desires. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to college greater than miles each one method, discovered to play football, left domestic at age 13 to supply for his relations, and, ultimately, grew to become a bicycle owner. He rode an unbelievable 400 miles throughout Ghana in 2001, spreading his robust message: incapacity isn't lack of ability. this day, Emmanuel keeps to paintings on behalf of the disabled.
Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's daring college illustrations provide a strong party of winning over adversity.
Includes an author's notice with additional information approximately Emmanuel's charity.
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Shopkeepers and eating place proprietors instructed him to move out and beg like different disabled humans did. Emmanuel refused. eventually, a meals stand proprietor provided him a task— and a spot to dwell. whilst Emmanuel wasn’t serving beverages, he stored busy shining sneakers. He earned cash and despatched it domestic. One morning whilst Emmanuel went to shop for shoe-shining provides, the shopkeeper notion he used to be there to beg and scolded him. Insulted, Emmanuel slammed his funds down at the counter. The shopkeeper apologized, yet Emmanuel might always remember. while Mama convenience grew sicker, Emmanuel went domestic to be along with her. From her mattress on Christmas Eve she informed her son, “Be respectful, look after your loved ones, don’t ever beg. And don’t quit. ” by way of the following morning, Emmanuel’s cherished mom was once useless. He was once heartbroken, yet he knew her final phrases were a present. He could honor them by way of exhibiting all people that being disabled doesn't suggest being not able. It used to be an immense dream, yet Emmanuel had a plan. Emmanuel had a pointy brain, a daring middle, and one robust leg. All he wanted was once a motorbike. at the start not anyone might aid. They idea his plan, to bicycle round Ghana, was once very unlikely. Then Emmanuel wrote to the Challenged Athletes origin, all of the means in San Diego, California. They despatched him a bike … plus a helmet, shorts, socks, and gloves! Emmanuel begun education for the lengthy journey. He persuaded the king of his zone to offer him a royal blessing. He went door to door requesting extra aid. eventually, he employed a taxi to persist with him with consuming water, a digicam, and his top buddies. Then Emmanuel tied his correct leg to the bike’s body, jammed his left foot right into a flip-flop connected to the pedal, and rode. Emmanuel pedaled during the bustling urban of Accra. He pedaled via rain forests, over rolling hills, and throughout extensive, muddy rivers. He pedaled prior odum forests and plantain farms and during the industry urban of Kumasi. He pedaled as vans roared prior at the slim highways and wild animals stalked his strategies. He pedaled via huge grasslands and into the traditional urban of Tamale. He rode up, down, throughout, and round his state, proudly donning the colours of its flag on a blouse revealed with the phrases THE POZO, or “the disabled individual. ” alongside the way in which, Emmanuel talked to these with actual demanding situations and people with no, to terrible farm staff and filthy rich landowners, to spiritual leaders, executive officers, and newshounds. He sought after all people to determine him— and his incapacity. He sought after everybody to listen to him— and his message. The farther Emmanuel rode, the extra realization he acquired. childrens cheered. Able-bodied adults ran or rode besides him. individuals with disabilities left their houses and got here open air, a few for the first actual time. The younger guy as soon as regarded as cursed used to be changing into a countrywide hero. He accomplished his fantastic trip, pedaling south to the ocean and again as much as Accra— approximately 400 miles—in simply ten days. yet Emmanuel’s luck is going even extra than that. He proved that one leg is sufficient to do good stuff— and one individual is sufficient to switch the area.