Tanzanian songstress Vanessa Mdee has revealed that she is clinically blind in one eye.
The ‘Moyo’ hitmaker made the revelation during the second episode of East Africa’s Got Talent show that airs on Citizen TV every Sunday at 8pm.
Vanessa was speaking after the soulful performance of Mark Angachi who moved the crowd to near tears with his rendition of country song ‘Tennessee Whiskey.’
“It’s unusual for someone so young to sing so soulfully. I’m clinically blind in one eye as well, that hasn’t stopped me from pursuing my biggest dreams,” said Judge Vanessa Mdee to the contestant.
“No matter what happens in this competition, to me you’re a winner and you’re going to continue winning.”
She made the remarks after it emerged that the 21-year-old self-taught singer and guitar player from Ngara in Nairobi was born with cataracts and later diagnosed with Acute Leukemia when he was still in high school and was forced to drop out to undergo chemotherapy.
And, out of ten patients that went through the treatment process, he was the only survivor. He now just wants to win the Ksh.5 million prize money so he can pay the debt he still owes the hospital.
The judges gave him a node with four ‘Yes’ votes and he will move on to the next stage and get closer to fulfilling that dream.