Viral 16-Year-Old Schoolboy Spotted Hawking His Helicopter Artwork in Calabar Sells it for N100k

Viral 16-Year-Old Schoolboy Spotted Hawking His Helicopter Artwork in Calabar Sells it for N100k

  • The mindboggling helicopter in a helipad artwork of 16-year-old Divine Solomon has finally been sold for N100k
  • The lad had become a viral sensation after a social worker identified as Ideba Edu Ele spotted him hawking the artwork on the streets of Calabar
  • Edu's interest in helping him sell the masterpiece led her to his family's doorstep, where she would discover that Solomon really needs help to succeed

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A helicopter artwork of a talented 16-year-old schoolboy named Divine Solomon has fetched him N100k following its sale.

Solomon was on Saturday, October 15, spotted innocently hawking his helicopter in a helipad artwork on the streets of Calabar and was being priced as low as N3,500.

Divine Solomon, Ideba Edu Ele, Calabar, helicopter artwork
Divine Solomon's artwork was finally sold for N100k. Photo Credit: @EduEle5
Source: Twitter

A kindhearted lady, Ideba Edu Ele, who was fetching water, had spotted the kid and publicised his work on Twitter, calling on netizens to buy it from N60k upward to support the lad's cause.

Edu helped Solomon sell his artwork for N100k

On Tuesday, October 18, Edu via a tweet revealed that Solomon's artwork had been sold and that she visited his house that day to inform his family.

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The lady transparently notified the lad's mother that she got a total of N36k aside from the artwork sale.

In a subsequent tweet, she gave a breakdown of the N36k to be a product of four donations broken into N20k, N10k, N5k and N1k.

The lad's mother, identified as Funyi Bassey John, shed tears as she prayed for Edu, appreciating the young lady for caring for them.

According to Funyi, many persons had in the past made videos of their plight to no avail and this made her uncomfortable with Edu taking pictures or videos at first.

Solomon was abandoned by his father at the age of 8

Solomon, who is in SS 2, has a younger brother named Evare Solomon, in nursery 3, and they are solely raised by their mother.

Edu told that their father abandoned them when Solomon was eight years old and Evare was only three months old.

She said Funyi hawks food to fend for the family and has been doing it since 2014.

"His mother sells food, coconut rice and she hawks it on her head. She has been selling it since 2014, she has two children, Divine Solomon and Evare Solomon. Evare Solomon is in nursery 3.
"His father abandoned him when he was 8 years old. His younger brother was only 3 months then old and Solomon was 8 years old.
"She borrows money from Lapo and when she sells, she pays back."

Edu added that it is Solomon's dream to be an architect in future. She appealed to well-meaning people to help the talented boy in any way they can while appreciating the donations received already.

Social media reactions

@swetboyalex said:

"Keep Up the Good Work my Lady, God Bless You Always."

@sportgirl9ja said:

"The woman just want her son to succeed, that's all, just get him the scholarship is all she wants."

@ibraheem_nazer said:

"Please wish I had money, but I’ll definitely do something for this family soon … On God."


"I wish I had money to train him in robotics.
"That's where he should be but he doesn't just know it yet."

Boy who built Borno overhead bridge replica gets US scholarship

Meanwhile, previously reported that a boy who built a replica of the overhead bridge in Borno had bagged a US scholarship.

Sharing snaps of Musa and his creation on Twitter, a Nigerian tweep with the handle @OvieNews announced that a construction company, Ronchess Global Resources, has offered Musa a university scholarship to study in the United States.

@OvieNews who said he was contacted by the company's CEO, added that the construction establishment also gifted Musa's mum the sum of N1 million to start a business, while his father was given a job.

They also promised to enrol Musa's siblings in good schools and will move the family to a furnished apartment in Maiduguri.


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