"Own It seeks to inspire listeners — who might be facing the same or similar problems — to overcome their fears and live life to the full," says Lindiwe Mtwentula, marketing manager at OFM.
"It's also a vehicle to highlight the struggles of those with physical difficulties and create [an] awareness of how different their lives are. But even though the content is thought-provoking, it's by no means depressing. It's about fighters — those who refuse to let circumstances dictate their fate. And therein lies a lesson for every single one of us," Mtwentula adds.
The feature is presented by five contributors who have had to overcome their own challenges in life:
Vicki Fourie is a former Miss Deaf South Africa and Miss Deaf International first Princess. She has 97% hearing loss but learnt from an early age to speak like a hearing person and also excels in lip-reading. Currently, she is a motivational speaker.
Letlhgonolo Mafela, who was born without arms, recently graduated from the North-West University with a B.Com degree. He uses his feet and mouth to write, work on a computer and eat.
Vernon Barnard was born with glaucoma and is completely blind after 16 eye operations to try and save his sight. He was signed with Universal Music after competing in the final round of The Voice South Africa.
Irene Fischer, a former presenter on OFM, survived a car crash that left her a hemiplegic with a slight speech impediment. She has since dedicated her life to creating awareness and understanding of brain injuries and brain damage.
Terry-Ann Adams grew up as the only albino in her family, her school and community. Today she is a model, radio presenter, disability rights activist, motivational speaker and content producer.
Individuals are encouraged to 'tune in' to Own It on Thursdays at 19:35 on OFM Nights to hear more inspirational stories.
For more information, visit www.ofm.co.za. You can also follow OFM on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram.