Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma has disclosed that he will adopt and sponsor a 9-year-old boy whose video of him singing Catholic hymns went viral across social media.
9-year-old Joseph Oluomachi Opara hawks coconut and pear on the street, and sometimes his customers requests he sings for them, which he does with full passion and confidence.
He was filmed singing and the video went viral as Nigerians appreciated his talent.
The governor of the state, Hope Uzodinma upon sighting the video, promised to adopt the boy and also sponsor his education till the highest he wishes to attain.
Announcing the good news to the Opara family home in Nekede Mechanic Village in Owerri on Sunday, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said the governor sent him to inform the family that he has adopted their son as his own child and will personally take over full responsibility for training him until he becomes a Rev. Father which he said is his ambition.
“His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma, was so excited after listening to the video of Master Opara that he directed me to locate you and inform you that from today Joseph is now his child and that since he wants to become a Catholic priest, he will take up the responsibility of training him from his present Primary 4 class until he is ordained a priest.”
Joseph’s father, Berneth Opara, said he was very grateful to the governor for his magnanimity.