Farida Nana Efua Bedwei is a Ghanaian software engineer whose life and success story beats the imagination. Farida Bedwei was born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder. Despite the magnitude of the disability, this young lady has braved the limitation. Today she is famous for being the rare miracle of our time.
With her condition, she has emerged a force to reckon with in technology. She is one of the top software engineers in Ghana and Africa at large. Farida is the co-founder and chief technical officer of a software company, Logiciel. She has worked as a senior software architect at Rancard Solutions. Farida authored a novel titled the Definition Of A Miracle.
37-year old Farida suffered Cerebral Palsy at the tender age of 10. Cerebral Palsy is a permanent movement disorder that occurs in children.
“Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth.” – Mayo Clinic
People who suffer Cerebral Palsy face the risk of not walking, intellectual limitations, blindness, epilepsy, deafness and limited movements due to the stiffness of the muscles. Regardless of all these horrifying prospects, Farida Bedwei has rocked in all aspects of life. She is a rare miracle and success story that you do not come across all the time.
As a result of her health condition, Farida was home-schooled till the age of 12. She was born in 1979 in Lagos, Nigeria but moved to her home country, Ghana at the age of 9. Unlike many in her shoes, Farida is a staunch solicitor of determination, confidence and hard work, not pity.
“Don’t ask for a job on the basis of the thinking that you are nobody. Get the necessary requirement and never think that a job will be given to you just on the basis of your disability. Get the necessary requirement and see if any company will reject you.”
Farida Bedwei has obtained two diplomas and a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science. She has bagged an over 16 years experience as a software engineer. The tech-amazon also has a wealth of knowledge in architecture, telecoms and banking services.
At the moment, she is working with the Ghanaian government to re-brand the micro-finance industry. That way, artisans can have an easier access to loans. To this effect she has come up wit the gKudi software. This App is currently used by 130 micro-finance companies in Ghana.
“It’s helping the micro-financing industry in this country… It’s helping them make valid decisions on what to do, it’s helping them cut out fraud and it’s helping them give loans to people who need loans.” – Farida
With Farida Bedwei, disability is not a determinant of anyone’s destiny much less, of success.