I magine if the baby Steveland
HardawayJudkins was born in
one remote village in Africa?
He was born prematurely in Saginaw,
Michigan to Lula Mae Hardaway on May
13, 1950. According to the record of
Wikipedia, it was thought that he received
excessive oxygen in his incubator which led
to retinopathy of prematurity, a destructive
ocular disorder that affects the retina. It is
characterized by abnormal growth of blood
vessels, scarring, and sometimes retinal
The summary of this is that he would live
his whole life as a blind man.
But from records, his mother made the
difference by instructing her other children (there would eventually be four
boys and one girl in the home) to treat the young lad, whose name was
later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris, the same as any other
child, and not to tease or over-assist him because of his
In over 57 years, StevieWonder who would have
ended up a destitute on the streets of cities like
Lagos and Kano has lived an exceptionally fruitful
life that gives a new definition to disabilities.