#ArmedRobbers plucked out my eyes because I had no #money to give – #PHD Holder
A 49 year old Dr. Michael Ebonhor sat down with #punchnewspaper to narrates his ugly experience in the hands of armed robbers when he was 23- years-old.
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from @punchnewspapers Dr. Michael Ebonhor was not born blind but lost his two eyes at the age of 23,
when armed robbers attacked him and plucked out his eyes. The Guidance Counsellor shares with ANGELA ONWUZOO his traumatic experience and how he refused to allow disability to rob him of his dream of becoming a PhD holder.
July 20, 1995 remains a day Dr. Michael Ebonhor will not forget in a hurry.
It was a sad and horrific day for him. It was a day that armed robbers plunged him into a world of darkness by plucking out his two eyes,
simply because he had no money to give them when they came to rob his neighbourhood.
The robbers, numbering about six, had struck that fateful day and raided his room when he was a 200-level Geography and Social Studies student at the Tai Solarin College of Education (now Tai Solarin University of Education), Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
While Ebonhor’s roommate was lucky to have escaped the furry of the robbers who had come with dangerous weapons,
including guns and machetes by running away, the Delta State indigene was not that lucky,
as the robbers descended on him for not having money to give to them.
The horrific experience was made more traumatic because he was the one struggling to pay his school fees and fend for himself while schooling.
He was working part-time as a bus conductor as a student.
If this visually impaired man was made blind by armed robbers when he was just 23 years old, and still made it to the PHD level, then he is a go getter.
Then imagine what it would have been like if he had his complete eyes to see.
But then again, this blindness would have been the source of his inspiration.
Sight is a distraction and he probably wouldn’t even have made it to this level if he was still left to see, because all kinds of reluctance would have gotten to him.
But he surely did what he had to do, and simply fought his way through life, and making himself worthy of an interview.