Describing himself as a “para-athlete and “motivational speaker he has an uncommon eye situation known as RP (Retinitis pigmentosa), Souleyman has a
genetic disorder of the eyes that causes loss of vision. Symptoms include trouble seeing at night and decreased peripheral vision (side vision). Onset of symptoms is generally gradual and as peripheral vision worsens; people may experience " tunnel vision”.
Souleyman can’t see out of his right eye and has tunnel vision in his left.
But this hasn’t stopped him achieving
and trying new experiences!
In 2015 as a 16-year-old athlete he took home the gold in the 100m metres at the Paralympic School Games in Brazil which regardless
of being sighted or being partially blind is an amazing accomplishment! For most people running for the bus is a challenge! For me personally running is not something I have participated in for a while – when I did attempt it it took me 10 mins
to untangle my earphones and I spilt most of my wine so gave up!
But this is not the case for Londoner Souleyman Bah who in 11.87 seconds was 0.2 seconds
faster than a Brazilian who came second. Couldn’t even make a coffee in that time!
Hoping to represent Great Britain at the Tokyo Paralympic
Games in 2020 – let’s hope it continues to be a runderful life where sport is concerned, and he achieves this inspiring goal! But will Souleyman take the money and run where The Apprentice is concerned? And what sort of fabulous business
plan has he got up his tracksuit sleeves to wow Sir A and the nation with?
However, something his memory would rather not be jogged about was being a contestant
on The Undateables in 2017 when at 18 he appeared on the show looking for love and a potential perfect date. Regrettably it didn’t work out as well as the running and instead of finding himself on the podium of love he was left standing - alone!
Good job he wasn’t previously a marathon runner as something like this would make him hate the de feet of such a situation! But life is a marathon not a sprint and you just got to keep going – Run Souleyman Run!
Still that was a while ago and I am sure hes got over this hurdle in his life! Now he is setting his sight on being Sir Alans business partner and sees his limited eyesight as a
strength saying “The less sight I have, the more imagination I gain, because what you see is what you see and what you don’t see is when the magic begins.” I hope this is the case as candidates will disappear each week and let’s
hope Souleyman can stay in the running!
He comes over well in his audition videotape minus any OTT claims of his entrepreneurial skills and just simply says
for him its mindset, determination and consistency – three practical words – so heres hoping Souleyman is a man of his words and demonstrates all three during his apprentice journey!
Run Souleyman Run!
Watch this space……