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First disabled African to be accepted at Oxford wants to live his dream

20 July, 07:24 AM

Meet Edward Ndopu. He’s a 25-year-old social activist who describes himself as a free spirit.

Ndopu is on his way to the University of Oxford to study Public Policy. Watch.

He’s the first disabled African student to be accepted to the Blavatnik School of Government.

Diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of two, he was given three years to live.

“I’ve outlived myself by 20 years... that is my greatest accomplishment,” he told News24.

“Every day I push myself to be the best I can be.”

Following his year of study he plans on visiting 25 governments around the world to advise them on ways they could address the access gap for people with disabilities.

Even though he was awarded a full scholarship, because of his disability, Ndopu needs help to get to the United Kingdom.

He is raising funds to take his full time caregiver with him and for the extra equipment he needs.

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