Disability is a dynamic, contested, and complex human condition which is also socially constructed. It is a cross-cutting inter-sectional phenomenon which requires humility to appreciate.
Every human being experiences disability one way or the other from the stage of foetus formation in the womb to expiration of life in death if one lives long enough.
Yet, disability is so despised, segregated and discriminated against as though it was alien to humanity. The African worldview of cosmo-vision however offers some form of acceptance for disability…. No African is without purpose in the society.
The examples of Sundiata, Seneb of Ancient Africa reveal the very integrative, embracing and inclusive nature of precolonial African culture. Of course there are also examples of disability exclusion among some African cultures.
Disability is not something to be feared or despised. It is the opportunity to know our limitations and recognize the contributions of others around us. There is no disability when we trust in God for ability. He (en)ables our disabilities.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9, the Apostle Paul acknowledges Jesus saying; “….My strength is made perfect in (your) weakness.” It is in our disability (of weakness) that we realize best, our need for Help outside us – Jesus offers that.
Author: James Kwabena Bomfeh Jnr.