Ekomobong Udo-Affah

Ekomobong @ekygabriel was involved in a ghastly motor accident that left him with a mobility impairment for over a year. You can imagine how tough it would have been for him, managing through the pain, the movement limitations and the scars. ⠀

Experiencing what it felt like to live with a disability, especially with the struggles of mobility, and also being a liability to others, it eventually clicked to Ekomobong later on that his architecture skills had identified a problem with access and he was inspired to solve it. 💡⠀⠀

Ekomobong studied Architecture in Covenant University @covenantuniversityota (2014), and later embarked on a Masters program. During a student exchange program he was part of, he learnt a lot about Universal Design, a foundation to what became the company he founded – Universal Initiative Design for Africans (UIDA).⠀

UIDA, through the leadership of Ekomobong is already making impact. They have already established a partnership with the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) in Boston, gaining access to a whole new world of tools, and over 40+ years of experience in the practise of Universal Design.⠀

They have also carried out a review of the Nigerian Building Code of 2006 in partnership with the Nigeria Association of the Blind (NAB) to assess and provide recommendations on the requirements for accessibility and inclusive design for persons living with disabilities.⠀

Ekomobong, we are so proud of what you are doing in the Universal Design space. Keep soaring.⠀