Two persevere through setback

2019-04-24 06:00
Proud wheelchair-bound graduates Mbulelo Lee-John Boko (left) and Mojela Isaac Vena. Photo: Supplied

Proud wheelchair-bound graduates Mbulelo Lee-John Boko (left) and Mojela Isaac Vena. Photo: Supplied

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The willpower to succeed in life had two wheelchair-bound students Mojela Isaac Vena (30) and Mbulelo Lee-John Boko (25) successfully completing their studies at the Central University of Techno­logy (CUT), Free State.

Vena and Boko wheeled their chairs onto the stage of the Boet Troskie Hall to receive their qualifications at the 2019 Autumn Graduations.

Vena received his BEd degree (FET) Specialisation: Technology, while Boko received his BEd degree (FET) Specialisation: Natural Sciences.

The two were conferred with their qualifications on 10 April, raising the bar of the institution’s weeklong graduation ceremony.

Vena and Boko are living testament that disability is not an inability.

Driven by a common purpose to succeed, they persevered to live up to their dreams which were shattered in separate vehicle accidents.

The accidents resulted in the loss of mobility and left them wheelchair-bound.

Boko said his journey at CUT was not easy, but through patience and perseverance he managed to pull through. He came to CUT in 2012 and was supposed to graduate in 2017.

During his final year, Boko was involved in a vehicle accident that confined him to a wheelchair and delayed his varsity studies.

“I never lost hope because when I started, I had a goal and a million dreams. Life threw me many curve balls, but through hard work, determination and patience I made it. Look at me now,” a proud Boko said.

Vena enrolled at CUT in 2008 and was involved in an accident in 2013. He lost total mobility and had to recuperate. In 2017, Vena decided to try again and managed to finish what he had started.

“Coming back for the second time was not easy as I had to face many challenges. Moving around campus was not that difficult as most of the buildings are wheelchair friendly.

“The only challenge I faced was when elevators were not working. It was frustrating because I could not attend class.

“I’m happy that I managed to finish and receive my qualification despite what I had to go through.

“You must not let your situation determine your destination or hinder you from achieving your dreams.

“It is through hard work and perseverance that I managed to pull through,” a delighted Vena said.

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