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Governor Uzodinma Set to Adopt Talented Hawker as Son


The Executive Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has revealed that he is set to adopt and sponsor a 9-year-old boy who went viral after a video of him singing Catholic hymns was shared on social media.

The kid identified as Joseph Oluomachi Opara hawks coconut and pear on the street and in addition to this, he serenades his customers by singing to them as he sells his goods.

He was filmed singing and the video went viral on social media as Nigerians appreciated his talent.

Governor Hope Uzodinma in celebration of Fathers’ Day announced he will adopt him and sponsor him to his desired level of education.

Making the announcement on Twitter, Gov. Uzodinma wrote:

“1/In celebration of #FathersDay, I directed that little 9-year-old Master Joseph Oluomachi Opara, the viral Imo State-born singer be contacted as I announce my intentions to adopt him as my own child.

“2/I also undertake, personally, to sponsor him from primary school level (his current educational level) to Catholic priesthood (his career choice).”

“3/Master Opara made waves in the internet at the weekend with videos of his unique rendition of catholic hymns/song which marked him out as a specially talented kid singer. This attracted instant applause and commendations from the public.”

“4/I believe in harnessing skills and talent and grooming them to be of better use to mankind and to this end, I directed that the family, through the Imo State Commissioner for information, Dr. Declan Emelumba, be informed of my intension to adopt their son as my own child.”

“5/I also undertake to take responsibility of his training until he becomes a reverend father, which he said is his life ambition.”

“6/It is my expectation and prayer that little Oluoma attains his full potentials in God’s time.

“God bless Imo State. #happyfathersday#

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma adopts 9-year-old singer whose video went viral

In what started as a regular farce, Imo State-born Opara was captured on camera singing some catholic hymns in a rendition that sent social media into a frenzy.

Watch video of the talented lad below


Meanwhile, this development is coming exactly a year after Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna promised to sponsor the education of a 13-year-old Almajiri boy who learned the act of shoe repair from his brother because he does not want to take to street for begging.

In what started like a fairy-tale, a social media user, Muhd El-Bonga Ibrahim, had twitted on Friday, June 26, 2020, that 13-year-old Usman, an Almajiri boy from Maiduguri, learnt ”how to shine and repair shoes from his brother where he earns an average of N500 a day.”

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