The inspirational story of Ignatius Seweh: A visually impaired but successful farmer

The inspirational story of Ignatius Seweh: A visually impaired but successful farmer

Very few go on to become amazing successes in spite of their disability, but visually impaired Ignatius Seny Seweh, a 52-year-old, has made sure he is one of the few, having succeeded as a poultry farmer despite his challenge.

Ignatius Seny Seweh, a 52-year-old visually impaired poultry farmer is getting his time in the daylight after the success of his occupation was picked up via Samuel Adadi Akapule.

Seweh lost his sight in 2007 while in active service with the office of the Upper East Cotton Ginnery until the company folded up in 2011. He had been involved in an accident while driving to his hometown of Navrongo.

After the government failed to pay severance packages to the workers the cotton company closed up, Seweh decided that his destiny was in his own hands.

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“I went and did diploma in education at the University of Education, Winneba and when I completed I decided to apply to the GES (Ghana Education Service) for a job but I wasn’t offered a place.

I decided that if the state will not employ me I must create the employment for myself as I have already the passion for poultry farm. My father used to do it and I have learnt a bit from the trade,” he was quoted as saying.

Seweh is proud that he and his family do not have to fall on other people's charity. He is mindful of how disabled people are often treated as problems by able-bodied people to overcome.

“The poultry farm is paying and I don’t live on charity. I, however, don’t reject any assistance to enable me expand my poultry farm. I don’t just want anybody to look down upon me as a physically challenged person. I detest that," he added.

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But things have not been easy, Seweh confessed. When all hope was lost after the cotton company shut down and he had no help in setting up his poultry place, he contemplated suicide.

But for the timely intervention of a friend's call, Seweh was going to gulp down insecticide.

Today, he is thankful for that call and everything that has happened afterwards.

Seweh is married to Madam Salima Yahaya with three children.

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