Teenage Inventor Calls For Assistance

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The Angel sculpture built by Friday



Creativity, they say is all about breaking out from the already established pattern in order to look at things in a different way.

This is the case of a 16-year-old boy and indigene of Ohinya village, Ezzamma Community in Ezza South LGA, Master Friday Okpoku who despite the fact that he had not undergone any training in skill acquisition, still could construct captivating kiosk with bamboo sticks and sculptural work representing an angel.

While interacting with the teenager who is also as SS 2 student of Emmanuel International College that situates at Okuzu, Ukawu Community said that his creativities are inspirational as he never attended training either in building construction or sculptural work.

The boy stated that he was gifted in the area and does not require either sketch work or drawing before giving impressive construction of whatever object, stating that he works mainly with mental pictures and thereby called on government at all levels and well-meaning Nigerians for sponsorship to enable him leave for a school that offers technical education.

The wooden Kiosk built by Friday

He said, “When I started the construction of a symbolic angel, people did not take it serious but immediately I finished the work they began to admire it. Same applicable to the wooden store but I thank God that today some travelers do stop over to see and admire the shop.”

Master Okpoku being the second child in a family of seven disclosed that since his father’s death some years back, things have not been pleasant for his family, that the family has been facing hardship.

He said he had been contributing towards their upkeep through the work and other menial jobs he does in order to provide relief to his mother whom he described as “daily labourer”.

According to the student, he expressed optimism over breaking record in the field of technical work, if he gets help from any angle, assuring of making Ebonyi State proud by establishing other persons.

The proprietor of the school, Mr. Emmanuel Nwafor told Citizens’ Advocate that the boy was naturally endowed with knowledge concerning general construction work, confirming that his student had not undergone any training in the field.

“It was after I have discovered the level of his creativity coupled with his unpleasant situation owing to his father’s death that I was moved to assist in whatever way I can by placing him under scholarship in my school”

The proprietor further appealed that his effort should be complemented by other persons so that the boy’s gift and aspiration would be actualized.

The boy’s mother, Mrs. Blessing Okpoku told Citizens’ Advocate that her son had exceptional abilities in the area of construction before now to the extent that out of ignorance she had made several attempts to stop him until she found out he has a special gift in that area.

She further appealed for her son’s assistance mostly as she does not have meaningful job rather than daily menial work to fend for her family.

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