THISDAY Style - - CONTENT - Fash­ion Direc­tor/ex­ec­u­tive eDi­tor

Born blind, this sound ge­nius re­fused to let the world de­fine him as dis­abled and was de­ter­mined to step out of his his­tory and cre­ate a bet­ter one. Cobahms prob­a­bly has a mil­lion se­crets to his suc­cess, but one that stands out is his child­like abil­ity to trust and be­lieve. Sev­eral awards and lots of in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tions later, this just seems to be the be­gin­ning for him. In this in­ter­view with KONYE CHELSEA NWABO­GOR, Cobahms talks about his every­day life, his re­la­tion­ship with mu­sic, and his de­but al­bum “For You”.

When one of my team mem­bers told me we were get­ting Cobahms Asuquo for cover, a thou­sand and one ques­tions sprung to mind that I have al­ways won­dered about the vis­ually im­paired. I voiced th­ese ques­tions to a very dear friend of mine who told me it was po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect to ask such in­sen­si­tive ba­sic ques­tions out of sheer cu­rios­ity and that my fo­cus should be on his tal­ent and not on what I per­ceive about him be­ing dealt a cruel blow! That hum­bled me some­what I must ad­mit be­cause one thing I know less abled peo­ple loath, es­pe­cially the hard­work­ing ones, is un­war­ranted pity from more able bod­ied peo­ple. So there and then, I de­cided the fo­cus of the in­ter­view will be about his God-given tal­ent and alas it was to be one of our most riv­et­ing ones to date! Af­ter reading his in­ter­view, it left me with more pro­found re­spect for this gifted gentle­man! I was so over­whelmed by his depth of char­ac­ter that I lit­er­ally for­got about his im­pair­ment. The adage, do not judge a book by its cover truly res­onated in this case. He left one feel­ing that if he can do it, then we, blessed with the abil­ity to see, have no ex­cuse not to suc­ceed and ex­cel in our cho­sen path. I did not feel sorry for him. In­stead, I felt great ad­mi­ra­tion. God is truly awe­some and what this story ba­si­cally proves is that no mat­ter what our cir­cum­stances are...there is al­ways some­thing to be grate­ful for! Vi­sion is not just for those who can phys­i­cally ‘see’ but for those who can see be­yond to where they are headed and blessed enough with the wis­dom, tal­ent, and de­ter­mi­na­tion to get there!

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