Meet Christopher Kyaatuur; the Crippled Cobbler with Innovative Ideas



On April 24, 2015, while I was running errands with Portia Mwinbeter-ib Dery, we both had problems with our sandals so decided to get a cobbler to mend them. Close to the former administration block of the Tamale Senior High School in Sagnarigu sat a cobbler with well arranged tools working.

I must say I have seen the man sit there for over four years and never suspected he had a deformity. I had to take a good look at him when he butted into the conversation Portia and I were having. What he had to say got our attention.

“A man must be one who thinks about his family. Of what use are rivalling women when you can build a home with one? I have three children with a beautiful woman and I work hard to take care of my children. Many Dagbons do not think before acting, so they take many wives and have many children even if they cannot take care of them. That is very sad indeed”

Then Portia asked if I was listening, and I was.

“I work hard here. Many people bring their bags, sandals and others for repairs here because they know I repair well. If I repair them well, I know that it will last longer and the people will have no problem if I charge them more. How people here shout on their customers baffle me. It is as though they think they are doing the buyers a favour but it is rather the buyers who do them favours. I come here as early as I can and leave as late as I can.”

We looked and saw he was a cripple. Then we decided to take pictures of him and let the world hear of this inspirational being, an inspirational being from the Upper West Region of Ghana who does not think of begging on streets like others. One who finds the shows of pity on streets by deformed beings preposterous, and he so gladly obliged.

Well arranged tools, these he packs here everyday


Bags he was going to mend



He really chats his customers and makes sure they are relaxed and feel at home


He takes his time to really work on whatever he works on




This is his vehicle, he parks it right in front of his base always. Amazing how it never caught my attention


The puzzled Portia stood in watch, saying how incredibly inspirational he was


You are likely to always see him this way, always working to make a living for his family and himself





Asked for a good pose, he still held on to his work

WP_20150424_023His last message: “Learn to work for your keep and stop looking for who to take care of you. At least you must start work before someone tries pushing you”




Cares are rare in fairs

Rabbits hop free now because

Craving teeth are busy


If ants walk and run,

Search and carry while careful

Whose excuse is laze?


A Kyaatuur takes his stick

Drags himself and rides through the

Weathers high and low


Who are you to sit?

Who are you to create such lazy scenes

Of hunger and deprivation?

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015


By amoafowaa

Just a simple Ghanaian trying to find the best in our society. I may be fun, I may be interesting, I may be funny, I may even be foolish or intelligent, but it is all based on the mood in which you find yourself. I believe our minds make us who we are. Know that, pain, no matter its 'unbearability', is transient. Unburden or delight yourself for a while in my writings please. And all corrections, advice and opinions are welcome. Know that you are the king, queen or royal on this blog. :)

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Very inspirational. This man’s knowledge is of common sense but unfortunately there are some educated people who lack this common sense.
To be wise has nothing to do with education though very important.

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