Meet Talent Muchegwa, a 25-year-old girl with crooked legs and missing arms. Enter her house, and you will be greeted with a smile. Meeting her, one wonders how she could be so charming, friendly, and content, given her circumstances. But, she is aptly named Talent because she has been able to explore her talents despite her disability and the challenges that come with it.
Meeting her, one wonders how she could be so charming, friendly, and content, given her circumstances. But, she is aptly named Talent because she has been able to explore her talents despite her disability and the challenges that come with it.
Abandoned by her father, she was brought up by her aunt, Mrs. Ruth Muchegwa, in Norton after her mother’s death at the age of 8 years.
“I never felt lonely after my mom died. My aunt and cousins filled the void and have always supported me physically and emotionally, accommodating me in the society as well as keeping me safe from the unwanted public stares” said Talent.
But, the financial condition of the family halted her educational progress, and she could not continue her studies after seventh grade. Though she was offered an opportunity to continue her education at Danhiko College, they also requested for a maid to assist her, which her family could not afford.
Nevertheless, Talent didn’t lose hope. She attended workshops for people with disabilities where she mingled with her physically challenged peers. Luckily, she managed to secure sponsorship under Econet’s Capernaum Trust to enroll for a course in Information Technology at Danhiko College. She aspires to be a database administrator after the course and join the University for further education.
But she still faces the challenge of commuting from one place to another and finding buildings that offer a barrier-free environment for people with disabilities.
She exercises daily; can cook, sew, dress up and do her makeup using her legs. And you will often find her hooked to Facebook and Whatsapp, communicating with her friends.
In addition, she can play mbira instrument, sing, and write songs and enjoys jazz and gospel. “The sound of mbira serenades my soul, taking it to another world. I look forward to recording my song and showcasing my talent to the world”, said Talent.
“Talent has faced challenges, but she is determined to succeed and pursue her dreams. Like any girl, she intends to get married and have a family of her own,” said her aunt.
Addressing her peers who are also disabled, she says, “Disability is not inability. Do not be ashamed or lose confidence in yourself. Be proud of what you are and pursue your dreams.”