November 1996: Braille transcription of the very first text books for blind students at Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos.

January 1997: Commencement of Braille transcription of examination question papers into Braille for blind students at Queen’s College, King’s College, Federal Government College, Ijanikin and Ansarudeen College, all in Lagos.

September 1999: Fabrication of locally made guide canes for the blind and styluses for writing; introduction of computer training for the blind.

October 2002: First National Chess Championship for the blind.

December 2005: Conferment of National Award of the Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) on Mr. John Bush, then Chairman of ANWAB UK.

October 2006: Tenth anniversary of ANWAB – celebration of White Cane Day and Second National Chess Championship.

March 2007: Launching of Ford Foundation projects – Internet Café for the blind, Computer training Facilities and a bus for the centre.

August 2008: First ANWAB OPEN DAY

First Mobility and Orientation TRAIN-THE-TRAINERS workshop for the Southern states held in Lagos sponsored by Ford Foundation

October 2008: Production and launching of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution in Braille by ANWAB, sponsored by Network Project for the Disabled (NPD).

August 2009: 2nd Orientation and Mobility Train-the-Trainers Workshop for Northern States held in Kaduna and sponsored by Ford Foundation.

October 2nd, 2009: First-ever ‘”DINNER IN THE DARK”, an event organised by ANWAB and supported by Lions Club District 404B designed to raise awareness of the daily constraints of blind people having to manage in the dark.

2010 – 2011: Production of books in Braille for the National Open University of Nigeria for blind students in the university.

August 2011: 2nd ANWAB Open Day

March 12th 2011: Launching of the first Chess Club for the Blind in Nigeria –


June 2012: Workshop in Braille, mobility and chess for the FCT School for the Blind, Jabi, Abuja, sponsored by the T.Y. Danjuma Foundation.

May-June 2013: Workshop in Braille, mobility and Chess for Special Education Centre for the Handicapped, Mutum Biyu, Taraba State, sponsored by the T.Y. Danjuma Foundation.

Through 2015, ANWAB was engaged by agents of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to transcribe into Braille several documents of information for voter education for the use of the blind throughout the country.

From March 2015, the Director commenced his participation at the sessions of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva, Switzerland. There are two sessions each year which will last until 2018, when his tenure will elapse.

January 16th, 2017: Commencement of computer training partnership between ANWAB and Total E&P multipurpose Co-operative for blind persons which will run in four batches until the end of the year.

October 2017: ANWAB  conducted another of its Open Day programmes in which its doors were opened to the general public to see for themselves what ANWAB engages in. We had about 29 visitors that range from the media to educational institutions.

January 2019 – December 2022: The Director was re-elected as a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and elected to serve as Chair of the Committee for two years until 2020.

March 18-21, 2019: Training of staff members on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) project to produce books digitally using the Daisy format.

The activities of ANWAB have helped to heighten awareness about the needs and challenges of the blind in Nigeria; has encouraged more blind children to go to school since their parents are rest assured that textbooks and other facilities and services will be available. ANWAB has generally given the blind a greater sense of belonging and independence.

The demands and needs of the blind in Nigeria are great and require the help and support of every one: government, society and individuals. Here, in Nigeria, we must rise to the challenge to ensure that this Centre continues to meet the huge demands of millions of visually impaired people in our country as well as the enormous pressure placed on blind people by the complex nature of the Nigerian society.