Photos: Meet Nigerian Guitarist Who Was Rejected From School Because He Has No Fingers Or Palms


Simeon Djagbo a graduate of Delta State University was born
without fingers or palms but he has not let that stop him in life. Simeon here
explains how his parents have been his pillar, how they stood by him and how he
was first rejected from school because of his condition. The school authorities
felt I could not write and might scare other students away from enrolling with
the way I look, he said. 

About How He Became A Guitarist
“My church brought a man to teach the guitar to others. I
was in the drum section just watching as he was teaching a lady to play a
progression on a particular song. I watched the way the lady’s fingers were
moving on the strings and I was capturing it in my head. When she dropped it, I
picked the guitar up and played it exactly the way she was taught and everybody
was shocked, because I was not taught how to play it. Although, I was always
sneaking to play the guitar because some concerned people felt I would injure
myself. I kept at it and became better. I feel God divinely directed me to the


My Parents Are My Pillar
“My parents never gave up on me and treated me like a king;
they supported me financially and prayerfully. I wanted to enroll in a primary
school, but the school administrators rejected me because they felt I could not
write. They also felt that my physical defect would scare off children from the
school. My parents got information about a school owned by a white woman, St.
Lukes Nursery and Primary School in Warri, Delta State. From there I moved to
Sure Success College, Warri for my secondary education. I later gained
admission into Delta State Univer­sity, Abraka where I read Library and
Information Science. For the mandatory National Youths Service Corps (NYSC)
scheme, I served in Okrika Local Government Area, Rivers State and I am
presently running my Masters programme in the same University,”
“I want to say the greatest challenge that a man can have is
a handicapped mind and not physical challenges. I believe that God who created
me like this has a reason and a bigger and better plan that will take me to an
expected end. Any challenge I face is a process to fire me up to become a
better per­son in this world.
No one is physi­cally disabled except your mindset is. And I
believe that it does not limit you from being who you are destined to be in
life. Everyone is born with at least a talent. It is your duty to discover and
make use of it. Like the Bible says in Proverbs 18:16 ‘A man’s gift maketh room
for him and bringeth him before great men.’ Trust me, no one has any excuse.”
“The fact that Jesus lives means I can face tomorrow. I wake
up praising Him because He owns my future, and I know I am a great child of
destiny. I am inspired knowing that I am a friend of God and that even the
angels are envious of me. God is alive and I see that the future is so bright
for me.
“I hope to become one of the most sought after gospel bass
guitarists both in Nigeria and abroad. I also want to be a blessing to people
and put smiles on their faces.”

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