Imo governor adopts 9-year old boy street hawker
The governor promised to personally sponsor him from primary school to Catholic priesthood.
Master Opara made waves in the internet at the weekend with a video of his catholic hymn songs, which marked him out as a specially talented kid singer. This attracted instant applause and commendations from the public.
A former minister, Femi Fani Kayode had earlier made a donation of #250,000 to the boy and promised to sponsor his education to university level.
Fani-Kayode made this announcement on his Twitter handle calling for support for young joseph.
He said; “Again listen to him here. I simply cannot believe that this young boy has such an extraordinary voice and that he is singing such beautiful songs of praise to the Lord. Does anyone know his name and can anyone trace him? He is singing in Igbo so I assume he is in the south- east.”
Once I can confirm his identity and reach his family I will send 250,000 to him and pay for his school fees right up until the university level. I urge others to help him too. This talented, gifted, and blessed child should NOT be hawking and selling things in the streets.”
Announcing the good news to the Opara family home at Nekede Mechanic Village in Owerri on Sunday, Information and Strategy Commissioner Declan Emelumba said the governor sent him to inform the family that he had adopted their son as his own child and will personally take over full responsibility for training him until he becomes a Reverend Father, his ambition.
“His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodimma, was so excited after listening to the video of Master Opara that he directed me to locate you and inform you that from today (yesterday), Joseph is now his child and that since he wants to become a Catholic priest, he (governor) will take up the responsibility of training him from his present primary four class until he is ordained a priest,” Emelumba told the family. Joseph’s father, Berneth Opara, said he was grateful to the governor for his magnanimity.
“Please, thank our performing governor, ONWA Oyoko for me. God has used him to bless my family,” Mr. Opara said.
Joseph also expressed gratitude to the governor.