Earlier this month, the photographs of a 9 year old groundnut seller went viral online and many people reached out to the photographer asking for the boy’s address or the contact of his Aunty whom he lives with.
A scholarship that would see him through his primary school education was even proposed by Nigerian writer and Anambra State gubernatorial candidate Okeke Chika Jerry.
Benneth Nwankwo in his words said;
“I met him today and when he recognized me, I requested that he take me to his Aunty but he declined saying ‘my Aunty go kill me if I take you to our house’
“Why?,” I asked.
“I never finish my market”, he replied.
“At that time, he still had about N80 worth of cold sachet water so I offered to buy all so he would take me to his home but he still declined. I even asked for her number but he wouldn’t give it. Just about then a woman apparently from same state or community as him came over and took him away. They had similar dialect.
I wanted to speak with the woman but she gave me no audience. She was just shouting as she dragged the boy’s bucket of sachet water.”
Sunday Nwaeke, in a chat last week with Benneth, said he is from Ebonyi State and has four siblings. He was a primary 2 pupil of Community Primary School Iza, Ebonyi state.
His both parents are alive and lives in Ebonyi state while he lives with his mother’s sister in Anambra State.