Talented, physically challenged man charms Well wishers

Mike Saujeni being assisted into a new wheelchair donated by the Alfred Dondo Foundation by his brother recently.

20-year-old Mike Saujeni is a young man who displays self-belief that goes beyond his physically challenged medium built frame. 

Like many of his age who could be stuck in a wheelchair, displaying weaknesses of their physical outlook is the best strategy they could use to appeal for sympathy.

But it is not so for the Chitungwiza raised young man who has never walked in his life.

His mother Mrs Annie Mhangadzi said it was because of the challenges he had in his infancy with his spinal cord which affected veins running down his legs.

Despite the physical limitation, he has chosen to seize the gifts of singing and playing basketball that he possesses, making mockery of the thought that disability means inability.

When a team from the Alfred Dondo Foundation visited Saujeni at his parents’ home to donate a new wheelchair and groceries last Wednesday, his jovial personality quickly engulfed the place.

“I am grateful to people like Impala who offer assistance to the less privileged like ourselves. If everybody would do that, this world will be a better place….,” were some of Saujeni’s words in a song that he belted for the donors impromptu. 

A young man of many talents and a free spirited, basketball is his other passion.

“He has written over 200 songs and maybe we could also find a sponsor to assist him record his albums as he is a talented young man. I believe my son is destined for greater things in future,” his teary mother said.

She took the visitors around the house demonstrating the challenges that her son faces with mobility on a daily basis.

Just finding his way onto the toilet seat or taking a bathing without the assistance of any of his brothers is a mammoth task for Saujeni who is born third in a family of four.

But none of these challenges have drowned his dreams to be a dancehall artiste.

His mother said, three of her children were born with physical challenges and had always been shunned in the community.

“No one really loves my children, or want to be associated with them. They are looked down upon because of their physical disabilities. Worse now that I am a widow we are not seen as human beings. So this gesture you have shown me, I can never thank you enough. You have assured us that we are as special as everyone else,” Mrs Mhangadzi said while her other sons looked on overcome by emotions.

Brand and projects manager with the Alfred Dondo Foundation, Tracy Ngoma said the gesture was part of their community social responsibility initiatives to make a difference in the community.

“We are happy to bring a smile with our small gesture to Mike and his family. As a Foundation we aim to make an impact in the communities that we live in,” Ngoma said.

As the team bade farewell, Mrs Mhangadzi had been joined in solidarity by two female neighbours who had come to celebrate the “hand of God” that had touched her life.