American comedian and actor Kevin Hart has reached out to a young Nigerian artist who drew a portrait of him.
The artist, Eli WadubaYusuf who lives in Kaduna, made a hyperrealistic pencil portrait of the comedian. He posted a photo of himself and the art work on twitter and asked for retweets until Kevin sees it.
Kevin eventually saw the tweet 2 days later and offered to purchase the portrait. He also offers Eli a job to make more drawings of three of his celebrity friends he would like to gift them to.
I see it and I want to purchase it…I also want to support you and your amazing talent by giving you a fee to do a pencil drawing of 3 of my celebrity friends that I can gift it to. DM your info and let’s get to work! https://t.co/ImOYa0UNlL
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) February 27, 2019
World news giant CNN also spotted the story as it made waves and reached out to the artist who said he never expected it to happen this fast.
“I did not know it would happen so fast,” says Nigerian hyperrealist artist @EWaduba who is about to sell his work to his favorite comedian – @KevinHart4real https://t.co/wamuUlHejE pic.twitter.com/4Qys4sm3Kc
— CNN Africa (@CNNAfrica) February 28, 2019
From one act of generosity to global recognition, this would definitely inspire a lot of people with talent even in the most remote places. Yusuf is one of many out there but he learned to use social media as a tool to achieve something meaningful.
This is the kind of story we are proud to report here; where a novice becomes a star, and also, where the bridge to stardom is laid by an established star as in this case.
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