Eddie Ndopu was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), an incurablecondition that causes progressive muscle degeneration and weakness at just two-years-old and was not expected to live beyond the age of five. But he has proved everyone wrong.
He is the first disabled African to graduate from Oxford University, with a Masters in public policy.
Now he is determined to break the barriers of exclusion and wants to fulfill his dream of travelling to space.
MTV has signed him up to chronicle his journey and he plans to address the UN General Assembley from space as the first wheelchair user.
It is a powerful statement of leaving no one behind.
IT'S OFFICIAL! Signed a deal with @MTV to document the coming-together of my wildest dream. Delighted to be part of the MTV family: https://t.co/XR8YdhdfzM. #TheSkyIsNotTheLimit pic.twitter.com/8dPagWk2Tu— Eddie (@eddiendopu) November 29, 2018
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the executive director of UN Women has supported his dream. He is receiving medical support from his doctors and pharmaceutical company Rocket Pharma.
The UN has confirmed tht should he go to space, he will address the assembly.
A big WELCOME back to @Twitter to HI's awesome Global Ambassador @eddiendopu! Leader, teacher, humanitarian, space traveler and much more. Definitely recommend following him. https://t.co/8iRhiZhdP2 pic.twitter.com/oijMF1wOok— Humanity & Inclusion UK (@HI_UK) November 28, 2018
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : South African plans to be first disabled person to travel to space