Ghanaian musician, Belinda Nana Ekua Amoah known as Mzbel has been appointed as Disability Music Ambassador for PROMOFRICA.
At a colorful event at La Villa Boutique hotel in Accra on 14th February 2018 the musician expressed excitement on her appointment as Disability Music Ambassador.
The music icon could not hide her happiness hence took her Instagram to express her gratitude on her appointment.
“All protocols observed. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.It is a great pleasure and honor to share a few words with you as a PromoAfrica Disability Musical Ambassador”
“But before I go on, can we please have a minute silence for Ebony; the great talent that our Music Industry lost last week... Thank you very much and may her beautiful soul rest in peace”.
“Now, a person with disability, despite his or her disability, is just like every one of us here even though they may be facing a physical and mental challenge one way or the other. Instead of seeing their disability as a problem, it is time to shift our focus on the person’s capabilities. Let us not be blinded by our perception of their challenge, that we miss their abilities and what they also have to offer” she wrote
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In actual fact, persons with disabilities can do some things that persons without disabilities cannot do, allowing them to make meaningful contribution to society.
It is estimated that person's with one form of disability or another constitute about 10% of our population. If Ghana is estimated to have a population of 27 million people, then this means that persons with disability are about 2.7 million. This is too huge a number to keep on the fringes of society and not allow full participation in national development.
My BelCare Foundation has worked with some NGOs, supported orphans and the less privileged in society and it is a delight to always extend a helping hand whenever necessary. I am therefore, very happy to be an advocate for promotion of the rights of persons with disability in Africa.
And to paraphrase former President Mahama, the disabled in society are not seeking our sympathy, they are seeking for opportunity to realize their full potential.
It is important for everyone to treat persons with disabilities with respect, dignity, and concern. I strongly agree with the renowned American politician Sharron Angle when she clearly stated that “there is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life, no matter what its location, age, gender or disability.” In this view, let’s work together to make the world a better place for all.