Disability is not an end but instead can be a new beginning. Wakonta Kapunda is a twenty-five-year-old woman from Tanzania. Throughout the course of her life, she demonstrated a profound interest in theater, writing, movies, and art in general. In 2012, however, her life changed forever when she was in an accident that would leave her permanently paralyzed from the neck down.
In her country, women are not necessarily considered equal to men and the disabled are considered taboo, in a sense. With all of the cards against Kapunda, it was thought that her dreams would have dematerialized with the use of her limbs, but that was the last reality that she was willing to accept. This writer was determined to achieve her goals and she began doing just that almost instantaneously. Not only do her stories themselves stem from her creativity but the manner she uses to write them does as well.
“Wakonta is a girl very strong person. She never gives up nor looses [sic] hope. She is very determined,” described one of her relatives. The attributes possessed by Kapunda resulted in her own way of writing scripts, which was to use her tongue. Surely the thought of this is fairly confusing, but this fervent soul does the act quite well. With an electronic smart device, Kapunda spends days on end writing scripts with simply her tongue as a utensil, her soul as her creativity.
Despite her efforts and the endless hours of work that she puts into her absolutely brilliant art, Kapunda receives no help from her government nor does she receive any moral support from those in her country. Notwithstanding this fact, she refuses to give up her own hope because, after all, she enjoys doing this for herself and always has. Essentially, this woman does not need others to influence what she already can do and that is meritorious at best.
Wakonta Kapunda is a truly miraculous being and should be viewed as a lesson to the entire world. Not only does this young woman demonstrate that creativity radiates through the soul rather than the physical manner to execute it, but she proves to women and men alike that dreams are salient. Her refusal to succumb to her less-than-supportive surroundings disputes that dreams are for traditional circumstances, a stand that strikes admiration in everyone who understands her story as a writer, a woman, and of a person who made the best of the hand she was dealt.