At the age of 14, Black Coffee was involved in a taxi accident. This left him disabled on one of his arms.
Black Coffee was however still determined to make it as a DJ.
In August, he made a post saying: “When I was young after the car accident I used to wear one and being a kid it was hard as kids can be mean so I decided to stop wearing it especially in public. It has taken me so much time to appear like this in public because of my own insecurities but I decided to post this picture not just because for years people had their own versions of my story‚ I did this for myself.”
Speaking on Kaya FM‚ Black Coffee said he didn’t want to be known as the DJ with a disability. He therefore did not talk about his hand earlier.
“It was a very important moment for me‚ to post that picture. When I started my career‚ I had to sit down and think how do I want to be known…I could have been that new DJ with a disability if I started out with the story…I completely shut that door.”
Opening up about his hand, he says, was difficult, but one that brought a feeling of relief and freedom.
“It’s been a long journey now on myself to deal with it quietly and finding strength. The people around me know that I wear a brace but it’s never been in public. The more I do it‚ I feel so free. Especially overseas I would‚ because no one knows who Black Coffee is and no one really cares. But locally people start staring and I had to get over that‚” he said.
He made a choice to no longer hide it because he felt more comfortable about his disability and wanted to show there was nothing wrong with embracing it.