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Vanessa Mdee opens up on living with blindness

She opens up!

Vanessa Mdee (Instagram)

Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee has disclosed for the first time that she is blind.

Speaking on the second episode of East Africa Got Talent, Ms Mdee who was impressed by a contestant disclosed that one of her eyes is clinically blind.

She went on to say that the condition has not stopped her from going after her dreams.


Vanessa urged the contestant known as Mark Angachi who was born with an eye condition called cataracts and is also a cancer survivor not to give up, regardless of what happens at the end of the competition.

It’s unusual for someone so young to sing so soulfully, you can tell that you’ve been through stuff I’m clinically blind in one eye as well but that hasn’t stopped me from pursuing my biggest dreams. Let that be the fuel for you no matter what happens at the end of this competition to me you are a winner and you’re going to continue winning,” she said.

Vanessa is one of the four judges in the competition that cuts across East Africa alongside Jeff Koinange, Gaetano Kagwa and Rwandese DJ Makeda.

Mark who discovered his singing talent at a very young age impressed all the judges with his prowess in singing soul music.


According to GlassesCrafter, Clinical blindness is when a person has a complete loss of vision that corrective eye-wear like eyeglasses and contact lenses cannot correct the effect.


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