Visually impaired Uduak Esin, 20, who attends Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, hails from the Okobo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. She tells ALEXANDER OKERE how she lost her sight at 12 and how she is making the best out of her condition
You were one of the beneficiaries of a skill acquisition programme on craft making held recently in Lagos. How did you develop interest in the arts?
I developed interest in May, 2020. I wanted to learn a craft so I would be self-dependent instead of depending on my parents all the time. My interest in making such things started when a visually impaired woman, Mrs Christiana Akinrinmade, came to my school to talk about her centre, where she teaches people how to make footwear and bags. After that, I contacted her to get more information. She gave me the information I needed and I went ahead to learn.
Were you bothered that you couldn’t see the things you were learning how to make?
No. I was encouraged by her because she is also visually impaired. I thought if she could do it, I could also do it. The first day I was given materials to work on, I wondered whether I would be able to create anything. I couldn’t get the first step she taught me easily. But I got to learn it gradually. I have made a lot of bags and shoes. I sold some of them and I will do more.
Were you born with visual impairment?
How did you lose your sight?