Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring real story—which was once became a movie, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by means of Oprah Winfrey—is not anything in need of amazing.

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was once disregarded by way of such a lot people—but now not by way of his mom, who taught him to arrive for his goals. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to college greater than miles each one method, realized to play football, left domestic at age 13 to supply for his relatives, and, finally, grew to become a bicycle owner. He rode an striking 400 miles throughout Ghana in 2001, spreading his robust message: incapacity isn't really lack of ability. at the present time, Emmanuel keeps to paintings on behalf of the disabled.

Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's daring college illustrations provide a robust occasion of winning over adversity.

Includes an author's word with additional information approximately Emmanuel's charity.

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His father left, by no means to come. yet his mom had religion. Her identify used to be convenience, and he or she named her first baby Emmanuel, which means “God is with us. ” As Emmanuel grew, Mama convenience instructed him he may have something, yet he must get it for himself. He realized to move slowly and hop, to fetch water and climb coconut timber. He even shined sneakers to make money. most youngsters with disabilities couldn’t visit tuition. nonetheless, Emmanuel’s mom carried him there, till at some point she stated, “You are too heavy. ” From then on, Emmanuel hopped to college and again, miles every one method, on one leg, by way of himself. before everything, not anyone may play with him. So Emmanuel stored his funds and purchased anything none of his classmates had: a brand-new football ball. after all he might proportion it … if he may perhaps play, too. Lunging and spinning on crutches his grandmother had stumbled on for him and kicking the ball along with his reliable left foot, Emmanuel earned their appreciate. His new pals occasionally used their lunch funds to hire motorcycles. may Emmanuel manage to subscribe to them? His buddy Godwin driven him speedy so he might stability. again and again, Emmanuel fell—hard— yet finally … he rode! while Emmanuel was once 13, Mama convenience acquired very ill. She may perhaps not promote greens on the industry, and Emmanuel’s sister and brother have been too little to paintings. He must aid them. opposed to his mother’s needs, Emmanuel snuck out and boarded a hour of darkness teach to the bustling urban of Accra, 100 and fifty miles away, on my own. He didn’t comprehend it then, however it will be years sooner than he observed his kin back. Emmanuel arrived packed with desire: there have been such a lot of humans! yet not anyone might rent him. Shopkeepers and eating place proprietors instructed him to head out and beg like different disabled humans did. Emmanuel refused. eventually, a foodstuff stand proprietor provided him a role— and a spot to reside. whilst Emmanuel wasn’t serving beverages, he saved busy shining footwear. He earned funds and despatched it domestic. One morning while Emmanuel went to shop for shoe-shining provides, the shopkeeper suggestion he was once there to beg and scolded him. Insulted, Emmanuel slammed his cash down at the counter. The shopkeeper apologized, yet Emmanuel might always remember. whilst Mama convenience grew sicker, Emmanuel went domestic to be along with her. From her mattress on Christmas Eve she advised her son, “Be respectful, look after your loved ones, don’t ever beg. And don’t hand over. ” by way of the following morning, Emmanuel’s cherished mom was once lifeless. He was once heartbroken, yet he knew her final phrases have been a present. He might honor them by means of displaying all people that being disabled doesn't suggest being not able. It used to be a massive dream, yet Emmanuel had a plan. Emmanuel had a pointy brain, a daring middle, and one powerful leg. All he wanted used to be a motorcycle. firstly nobody could aid. They inspiration his plan, to bicycle round Ghana, was once most unlikely. Then Emmanuel wrote to the Challenged Athletes beginning, the entire approach in San Diego, California. They despatched him a bike … plus a helmet, shorts, socks, and gloves! Emmanuel all started education for the lengthy experience. He persuaded the king of his sector to offer him a royal blessing.

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