Mrs. Angela Emuwa’s motivation in working with PWDs stems from her belief that people with disabilities have potential which must not remain unrealized because of their challenges. This vision for an inclusive society where no adult or child is left behind is what drives her to make significant social investments in the lives of disabled parents and their offspring through financial empowerment to own businesses and scholarships to desired levels for their children.
Leveraging on her experience and network as a veteran advertising and communications practitioner, added to her position as a Director with Punch, Nigeria’s leading newspaper, Angela Emuwa has often spearheaded the publishing of advocacy and public enlightenment packages in the popular media on the rights and challenges of families living with disabilities in Nigeria.
Through the Finding Normal Movement, an advocacy group she runs with Dr. Yinka Akindayomi, Service Director of Children’s Developmental Centre, CDC, Angela and other team members have launched a series of programs and activities to redirect society’s perception of people with disabilities.
She is the Chairperson of Golden Hearts Touching Lives Initiative, GHTLI, a Lagos-Nigeria based charity that supports underprivileged indigent families and children through medical campaigns, donations to orphanages and other activities to bridge the social and education gaps occasioned by poverty. In 2010, GHTLI adopted the inclusive unit of Ojuwoye Primary School, Mushin-Lagos, where the group sponsors daily lunch in the Unit, organizes fun visits and Christmas parties with the children and their teachers, and has been actively involved in improving the structures and amenities in the Unit.
Her youngest son who is now a Grade 8 student, was diagnosed with autism in 2003. Since then, she has been an ardent advocate of early intervention and employs every avenue to educate society on the presence of autism in Nigeria and the challenges it presents to families, medical and educational institutions. She is currently the President of Parents against Autism Initiative, a not-for-profit NGO she founded with four like-minded mothers to advocate for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Angela is also involved with Special Olympics Nigeria and has in the past, sponsored basketball training programmes for children with disabilities.