BY ESE DIBEBI
Big Brother star and TV personality IK Osakioduwa has spoken about his battle with the neurological disorder which makes an individual find it difficult to read and write.
In a moving post on his Instagram page, inspired by music star Darey‘s new album – Naked, IK Osakioduwa narrated how it would take hours for him just to read a few paragraphs and how they told his that he “should move a few classes down or maybe get ‘Special help’.”
IK has since made a name for himself on television, now reading through teleprompters with relative ease.
Below is what he posted on Instagram:
I remember tough times in school at a young age. Learning to read was a real problem for me. The words and letters used to dance around on the pages and it would takes hours for me to read just a few paragraphs. My sister who was 2 years younger than me would read through an Enid Blyton (Can’t remember if that’s the right spelling) book in minutes while it would take me days. One day my teachers called my dad to school to say that I had been writing gibberish all term and they couldn’t make any sense of the notes I took down during dictation. They told my dad that they thought perhaps I should move a few classes down or maybe get ‘Special help’. My dad looked through the book and couldn’t make sense of my writing either. But thank God for parents who believe in their kids. My dad called me forward and asked me to read the gibberish and to everyone’s surprise I did. It turns out I was writing right to left on the first line, and right to left on the next (i.e the 2nd line was a mirror image). The letters were back to front and sometimes upside down, but I could read them. The only problem was, I was the only one that could. My mum and dad decided to take the matter up on their own and started me on Queen premier (a book for teaching young kids to read). They took me back to the basics of reading and writing. And they spent several hours a day teaching me patiently without making me feel inferior to my quicker siblings. Though it was often tough I made it through school and turned out to have a career where I often have to read from a TelePrompTer on live TV in front of all of Africa. Bottom line, it may not show today but like many successful people in the world today, I too had a rough start. So the next time you admire someone’s achievements, Learn the story behind the glory. Let @dareydarey tell you his story. #DareNaked
That God for your miraculous transformation, IK. We can’t imagine our TV screens without you.