Ayomide was selling oranges on the streets of Lagos a few days ago. Someone captured him on video singing so well and the video went viral. A few days later, he was performing at a major gospel concert.
You know how they say life could change in a minute? Turns out it is not just big talk. No, for real, one minute is all the time it took for the life of one Nigerian boy to do a complete one-eighty.
It was a few days ago when little Ayomide stepped out for the usual. Like many Nigerian kids who are out of school because their parents can’t afford to pay for their education and many other things, Ayomide had been shoved into the cold grip of harsh reality This meant that he had to fend for himself and also support his family from a very young age.
Ayomide, thus, hawked oranges on the streets of Lagos. And on this very day, he had stepped out with a large tray of the juicy citrus fruit on his head. While his age mates were probably in school getting an education, unfortunate circumstances dictated he sold oranges every day to support his family.
But this was to be the last day he ever had to do that because, despite the fact that life may have done a number on him, it didn’t break his happy spirit, nor did it take away his talents. Maybe he didn’t get the good things of life, but he did get one gift — a melodious voice — and that was to prove enough.
Ayomide’s favourite escape was singing and sometimes he would burst into a melody totally oblivious of all that was going on around him. On that day, he was singing a popular Nigerian gospel song and it just so happened that his sweet voice caught the right ears.
On that day, he was singing a song by Tope Alabi, a famous Nigerian gospel musician. A random person was driving through the area that day and when the individual heard the little boy singing so well so effortlessly, she whipped out her phone and recorded. Then, she posted the one-minute video on her social media page, and the rest is history.
The video went viral in a matter of hours and before long, well-meaning Nigerians were asking to contact the boy and help better his life. Contact was established with the boy and his family and the rest happened so fast. The prodigious talents of the little boy led to a dramatic turnaround in fortunes for himself and his family.
Just a few days after the video went viral, little Ayomide was headlining a major gospel concert in Lagos. He performed at the Comforter 2019 Concert, organised by the Celestial Church of Christ and The Cherubim and Seraphim Church of Nigeria, which took place at the famous Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos.
With his lovely voice, he serenaded an admiring audience that included the likes of Nigeria’s Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Ooni of Ife, Yinka Ayefele, and many other big shots.
Clad in fine couture, it was just so mind-blowing to think of him as the boy who was hawking oranges some few days back. He was right at home on stage, a natural. He even got a standing ovation from the crowd after leading praise and worship so effortlessly at the concert, leaving so many in awe of him.
Plenty of good wishes and generous donations have trickled in since this small singing sensation came to light and it’s so remarkable how his talents have changed his life so dramatically so quickly. Perhaps life really does have a way of making it up to even the most deprived.
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