Student Council Candidate Campaigns For Position While Teaching About
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 20, 2006
LEGON, GHANA--Many students at the University of Ghana didn't take Jacob Adongo seriously when he announced that he was running for Secretary to the Students' Representative Council.
After all, how could a blind man possibly expect to function in that position, which requires such things as taking notes for the council's meeting minutes?
But Adongo combined traditional campaign methods with teaching his fellow students about the role technology can serve in helping people with disabilities to do many things that just a few years ago were unheard of. The third year Political Science major literally went from one lecture hall to another and from one residence hall to another, demonstrating how his computer can help him perform the duties of the secretary. At the same time, he demonstrated his sense of humor, confidence, and threw in a little bit about his vision for the student body.
"I want to prove to all that disability does not mean inability," he told the Ghanaian Chronicle.
When the votes were tallied up last week, many were still surprised that Adongo, who goes by the nickname "Wicked Scorpion", got enough votes to prevent the leading contenders from automatically winning the seat. That means there will be a runoff election, which Adongo said he welcomes because it gives him a chance to further educate his fellow students.
"I have had the opportunity to get my message clear to the students since I had a very short time to campaign during the first round," he said. "I have now been able to clear all misconceptions and doubts that people had about my capabilities to do the work of a secretary."
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