Many people believe that anyone with a challenge of sight will not be able to school properly and succeed in life. In reality, untold numbers have been unable to deploy their talents and overcome their disability. But that is not the case of this erudite broadcaster cum musician.
A STAR IS BORN
38-year-old Jeremiah Aaron, popularly known as ‘Mashman Aaron’, was born in Jos, Plateau state. He started his primary education at Hill Crest, went to Blind Children School Gindiri and thereafter studied at the University of Jos where he got a National diploma in Mass communication. He was later offered admission to Unijos where he enrolled in the same university and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
THE UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT
The sad story of Mashman started at the age of three, while he was playing with his peers. It all began after someone pushed him and he fell into a ditch. “We were actually playing, when I was pushed and something stabbed my eyes. I was taken to the hospital where I had a surgical operation on my eyes.” According to him, the doctors behaved unprofessional and mixed up certain things during the operation which resulted to his total blindness. He insists that He is happy to have been alive to pursue his career and contribute his quota in the development of the society. The sagacious broadcaster remains passionate, hilarious and professional.
ABILITY IN DISABILITY
A close examination of his critical condition -he must be held by hand to move around- and one can quickly recognize the practicality of the widely known maxim that ‘there is ability in every disability’. Another cursory look at his physical appearance, one is tempted to imagine why such a rare gem full of talent can be living in a seriously battered condition of inability to see and walk well. Those who are familiar with entertainment and broadcasting in Lagos and Abuja can attest to the fact that this blind but tenacious on-air-personality is a household celebrity, hence his varied contributions to success of musical shows and careers of artistes, actors and actresses accordingly.
One good thing about Mashman that has gained him acceptance everywhere he goes is that he is highly conversational, very fluent in spoken English and has blatantly refused to let go of his passion for broadcasting and music.
THE STRENGTH TO CARRY ON
Life seems not to be the end of the road for this intelligent handicapped star, as he went to school of the blind and passed through elementary studies to attain post primary education before he became a graduate. At some point, he had taught English Language and Literature at United Thompson Fellowship College in Jos before finally venturing into his desired carrier of broadcasting and music. Of course, the case of this dedicated on-air- personality who is a performing musician seems to be few among many. It is obvious that many blind persons have taken to the street begging to fend.
AN INSPIRATION FOR MANY
Cases of blind beggars taking over the streets abound, with some of them allegedly engaging in illegal businesses. For those beggars who hang on the streets and hover around drinking spots requesting money from people, they do not think of engaging in handiwork or utilizing their God-given potentials in one way or the other. Many of them end up involving in criminal activities and doing all manner of unwanted things just to survive. But that is not the case with Mashman.
Since he became blind, he has not thought of hitting the street to beg. He started his broadcasting career in 1994 where, after secondary school, he picked a job with a radio station in the Plateau. Asked whether he intends to concentrate on music or broadcasting, Mashman explained that he has recorded about 12 songs which he will launch and make available in the market.
Listening to this award winning musician and his sonorous voice with a perfect blend of rhymes and terrific lyrics leaves other celebrated musicians no other option but to pay glowing tributes. Although he limps as a result of an injured leg, his eloquence and massive fan base is a sharp contrast with his inability to see.
Today, Aaron is a top radio presenter and a singer of international repute not withstanding his physical predicament. Robert Schuller was right when He said “tough times never last, tough people do”.