Like the popular Afro-pop Phyno, would say in one of his hit songs “Imere Christmas, igbaraonya ego?”, the aim of these school children was not merely to raise money for the Yuletide celebration but to support themselves in school.
This is as little Akachukwu Nwokporo, a primary six pupil of Community Primary School Ebiaji of Umuoghara Community in Ezza North LGA and his team seek assistance to enable them to fulfill their dream of inventing musical instruments.
According to little Akachukwu, he said the desire to invent a tangible thing spurred him and his team into building musical instruments with cassava stem, used tin tomato tins and used sacks of Dangote cement.
He narrated that they launched the instrument in the street of Abakaliki, the state capital during the Yuletide celebration as a way to raise awareness and money to enable them to pay their school fees as their parents face a lot of difficulties before paying their fees.
Innocent Nnamdi, a Junior Secondary School 2 student of living stone Technical School Oriuzor and native of Ogharugo 1 in Umuoghara Community, said he was the brain behind the building of the drum and said they embarked on the invention to raise money to assist themselves in school.
One of the inventors, Miss Igwe Chidubem, from Igweledoha in Umuoghara Community and a student of Living Stone Technical School described the work as one of the many inventories works in their possession and said if given assistance would do more.
Meanwhile, our reporter observed that the children moved from shop to shop where they played the band and attracted monetary gifts from admirers.