By Chux Odoh
Yesterday, a photograph of a child hawker who was sleeping beside his wares went viral. The picture which was posted by a social media got lots of Nigerians wondering why the child will be out alone in the road at that time of the night working.
Nigerian actor and comedian Williams Uchemba who also saw the photo then commented on the posts asking for assistance to reach the child in question. The good news is here as the boy has now been found.
Uchemba who gave an update on his search revealed that he has found the boy. He gave the child’s name as Joseph a 10-year-old from Akwa-Ibom. He said the boy informed him that he stays with a woman who took him from her mum, promising that he would be sent to school but that didn’t happen. He was rather sent into the streets to hawk and hasn’t eaten in 3days.
He also revealed that he will be assisting the boy to reunite with his parents in Akwa-Ibom and promised to put him on a scholarship.
See his post below:
So I had a video chat with Joseph, he is 10 years old and his from akwa Ibom state. He told me that he is living with a woman that took him from his parents in the village and promised that she will send him to school in Lagos because his parents couldn’t afford to train him, but when he got to Lagos instead of school the lady put him on the street to sell things and bring money back to her. I have tried to talk with the lady to have a better understanding of the situation but she doesn’t want to talk instead she said we can take the boy.I have spoken with Joseph and he said he wants to go back home and go to school because his parents who he hasn’t seen or spoken to doesn’t know that he is hawking in Lagos , and yes he hasn’t eaten in 3 days.. Anyway I want to clean him up today and put him on the flight today to akwa Ibom with some people, know what the parents needs and put him on Scholarship with the help of God.He has a bright future( I can tell) and if not for anything kids his age are not suppose to be on the street but in school..he is one out of many and I can’t take all off the road alone so I urge you to help the ones you can when you see them..
A post shared by Williams Uchemba (@williamsuchemba) on Jul 5, 2018 at 12:08am PDT
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