Young Nigerian Man Dresses Like Spider-Man, Goes Around to Clean Streets, Many People Watch Him in Video

Young Nigerian Man Dresses Like Spider-Man, Goes Around to Clean Streets, Many People Watch Him in Video

  • A young man, Jonathan Olakunle, is using a creative strategy of wearing a Spider-Man costume to teach people about hygiene
  • The man goes around the streets of Osogbo, cleaning wastes off the roads and marketplaces with people watching him
  • The Nigerian Spider-Man said he chose the costume as a way to get people's attention and make them love environmental sanitation

A young Nigerian man, Jonathan Olakunle, goes around Osogbo in a Spider-Man outfit as he cleans the streets.

Olakunle revealed that every neighbourhood needs somebody like him. The young man said though he started environmental sanitation in 2004, he began going around sometime later.

Many people praised him.
The man also teaches people about the need to keep their environment clean. Photo source: @nigerianspiderman
Source: Instagram

Why I dress like Spider-Man

The young man in a BBC Africa interview stated that he decided to work in a Spider-Man outfit because it draws people’s attention to what he is doing.

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In his words:

“I’m not happy with the way I see waste littering everywhere, it has become our normal way of life and which isn’t supposed to be our way of life.”

The Nigerian Spider-Man as he is popularly called added that he hates dirty environments so much. When he was cleaning in mufti, it was hard to convince people to join him in the exercise.

He taught people

In a part of his video interview, the man carried a woman’s baby as he lectured people on the need to keep their environment clean.

He said:

“We need to stop the belief that we are dirty people. Ther’s so much litter in our society today because there’s no regulation.”

Jonathan said sanitation officials no longer visit people’s homes anymore to see how clean their environments are.

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Below are some of the reactions to the post:

mike.the_litterpicker said:

"Well done, raises awareness makes people look and think. No matter where we are litter is a problem Litter attracts Litter #litterattractslitter."

atukzs said:

"I am really encouraged by you. I bet you when I go out tomorrow I will buy rake to start with my little street/environment. This is raining season. The Street gutters needs to be cleared of plastic dirts before the actual full rain."

stillbayo said:

"You are truly a hero. Our environment needs a hero."

aj_ewura said:

"Well done...topic of great biggest problem with our people."

Father behaved like Spider-Man

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a funny dad who knows how to improvise got into a Spider-Man costume to impress his son who had been insisting on seeing the movie character live.

He simply put on the costume and performed in front of his son who was impressed and convinced that he was seeing Spider-Man.

After squatting and talking to the little boy, the man stood up, moved to a corner and flipped with both hands and then disappeared into a door. Other kids joined in laughing with the obviously impressed son.


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