Kareem with Président Macron
More fortune has come the way of 11-year-old artist, Kareem Waris Olamilekan, who drew the French President Emmanuel Macron, during a visit to New Afrika Shrine in Lagos.
After getting a house from the Lagos State Government, Ecobank Nigeria has signed an adoption agreement with his parents. Parts of the deal include seeing the young artist through his education and making sure he lacks nothing for the next 20 years.
In a chat with GoldmyneTV, Kareem’s manager, Adeniyi Adewole, said they were doing everything possible to secure the future of the young artist.
He stated, “I am happy that Ecobank has decided to secure his future. I was with them when an agreement was reached and I was part of the process. Since I am the manager, they couldn’t do such a thing without my knowledge.”
Adewole, who is the co-owner of Ayowole Academy of Art added, “Though the Lagos State Government has given his parents a house in Ikeja, they also need money and other things too. They now live in the house; it is an estate.”
Also, he said since Kareem drew President Macron, his life had changed for better.
He explained, “Before now, the kid doesn’t have access to facilities that would make his job easier. But it is a different thing now. His lifestyle has changed also; he now lives in an estate.
“For the art academy, the government promised to establish a proper art school for us; we believe that it will be fulfilled soon. Ecobank also promised to support the academy with some money; it was part of the agreement we made with them.”