by Rahaman Abiola
– In the spirit of Father’s Day celebration, Governor Hope Uzodinma has bequeathed a ray of hope to a talented kid in Imo state
– Master Joseph Oluomachi Opara, a talented 9-year-old Catholic kid singer whose video recently went viral, has now been adopted by the Imo state governor
– Governor Uzodinma said he has adopted Opara and will sponsor him till he becomes a Catholic priest
Hope has indeed flashed on Joseph Oluomachi Opara, a nine-year-old boy who recently became internet sensation following his viral video, as Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state vouched to adopt him and sponsor his education.
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.
In the spirit of Father’s Day celebration, Governor Uzodinma announced that he has contacted the 9-year-old boy who he described a “specially talented kid singer.”
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The governor also promised to sponsor the kid from primary school level to Catholic priesthood which Opara said he wants to pursue as a career.
“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 and also undertake, personally, to sponsor him from primary school level (his current educational level) to Catholic priesthood (his career choice).
“Master Opara made waves in the internet at the weekend with videos of his unique rendition of some catholic hymns/songs which marked him out as a specially talented kid singer. This attracted instant applause and commendations from the public,” the Imo governor announced.
Governor Uzodinma said he has sent his commissioner for information, Hon. Declan Emelumba, to inform the parents of the 9-year-old boy of his intention to adopt him.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna has 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, 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.”