You will be surprised to find that some people living with a disability possess capabilities that are never ordinary. Also, this confirms a say: that disability is not inability.
Nicodemme Hakizimana is one of those who are breaking the odds by becoming the first Rwandan albino to hold a PhD
"I thank Almighty God who enabled me to get a doctorate level as the first person with albinism in Rwanda. my aim was to contrast the wrong myths that say the person with albinism has a low intellectual capacity, they are enabled. Disability is not inability: we are able like you." Hakizimana wrote on Twitter after graduating with a Ph.D. in theology.
So far, Hakizimana is one of the few Rwandans who have higher levels of education in the country.
Dr. Nicodeme Hakizimana is normally an activist person with albinism born in the northern province, Musanze district.
In his first years of university studies, he started the activities of fighting for the rights of persons with Albinism, where he founded the organization for the integration of promotion of people with Albinism.
In his advocacy work, Dr. Nicodeme has brought a positive change regarding the recognition of people living with disabilities in Rwanda where even the government revised some laws and took specific measures to protect and prevent skin cancer among persons with Albinism.
Dr. Hakizimana has experience in project management, proposal writing, resource management, and mobilization as well as attract record in advocacy strategies for people with albinism.
He possesses both master’s degree in education planning and management and administration option from Mount Kenya University and a doctorate in Theology and Minnesota graduate school of theology in the USA.
He has experience in effective communication with donors, the developing of organizational strategies, and policies, and liaising with the governing of the organization.