How Visually Impaired DJ Rocked At The Pulse Talk Series
“What can he play now, na?” a doubtful UNIBEN female student nudged her friend when Wilfred Agharite, a visually impaired, Youth Corps member and alumnus of the University of Benin (BENIN), stepped behind the turntable. They were at the MTN Pulse Talks Series holding in the Professor Iyayi Hall.
If only she understood what the young man had been through and what he is capable of, she probably would have given him a standing ovation before he started.
Wilfred Agharite sharing his experience at the Pulse Talk Series
Wilfred explained that as a visually impaired student in Benin, “life was tough.” Due to the financial situation of his family, everything seemed bleak. That was until the MTN foundation awarded him a scholarship in his second year in the school. From then on, everything began to look up for him. “Now, I am a graduate. In a family of 12, I am the first graduate!” he shared excitedly.
Agharite was also a Youth corp member serving in Enugu state. And to top it all off, the first fully functional laptop he ever owned (given to him by MTN Foundation through its award scheme) helped him to learn the DJ skills he needed.
Agharite mixing songs on his laptop at the event
To the shock of many at the Talk Series, Wilfred moved to the DJ’s corner and began mixing songs on the deck! He mixed hit after popular hits such as Teni’s ‘Billionaire’; Davido’s ‘Blow My Mind’ and Burna Boy’s ‘Anybody’. Hundreds of students watched, shock written all over their faces! Their feet were moving even before their minds understood what was happening!
UNIBEN students dancing and having fun at the Pulse Talk Series
One of those students was the young girl who had voiced her fear. She and her friend were attempting to ‘gbe bodi’, as Agharite flexed at the turntable.
Kelechi Amadi-Obi speaking to UNIBEN students during the invasion
Steve Harris during the invasion
Oladipupo Macjob thrilling students with his dance steps during the invasion
Agharite was not the only one to share his grass-to-grace story. That day was actually for three of Nigeria’s finest speakers – award-winning photographer and publisher, Style Mania Magazine, Kelechi Amadi-Obi; life coach and managing consultant, EdgeEcution, Steve Harris and mental health awareness advocate and graphologist, Oladipupo Macjob.
As part of the MTN Pulse Campus Invasion, the series helped link the young and vibrant students with the more experienced speakers who shared a glimpse of their lives and what success could look like.
The ‘must-say’ line for the day, which was on the tip of everyone’s tongue by the end of the series, came from Steve Harris. He stated that “It’s not what you don’t have that limits you, it’s what you have but don’t know how to use that limits you.”
The students left with the thoughts of great minds planted in their heads, It was a thorough experience for all!
Written by Kartia Velino