Edward Ndopu interacting with young parliamentarians
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - Namibian born social activist and humanitarian, Edward Ndopu has encouraged young parliamentarians making up the 5th Session of the Children’s Parliament, particularly children with disabilities to overcome all odds and amplify the voices of young people in Namibia.
Ndopu who dubbed the youth as “generation unlimited” noted that perseverance should form part of the qualities of young people if change is to be realised. “You may use my life as a reference point. I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy and told I wouldn’t live beyond the age of five but because of the enduring power of the human spirit here I am and I am an advocate for SDGs”, said Ndopu to loud applause.
Ndopu noted that much often, disabled people are excluded from development decisions and that the onus was on them to prove their mettle and become the protagonists in their own stories. “It’s time to show that disability and possibility belong in one sentence. If it’s possible for a young disabled boy born in Windhoek, it’s also possible for you”, noted Ndopu.
Ndopu is currently the Special adviser at the RTW Investments and has been appointed as an advocate for the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The latter role would see him deliver a special message from space in the near future to create awareness surrounding the SDGs.