Fellow Since 1992
This profile was prepared when Chris Omusi was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
The New Idea
How one treats the physically disabled says a great deal about one's ethical sensitivity and commitment. How a society treats such people defines how it will treat anyone. Christopher Omusi, a man who left a promising career to study for the priesthood, is working to help Nigerians become far more sensitive to the weakest Nigerians, the disabled. He is as concerned with strengthening the ethical state of the country as he is with helping the disabled.His approach serves both goals by seeking to engage as many citizens as volunteers helping the disabled as possible. The ultimate challenge is making this approach work on a large scale.