A nine-year-old beggar, Bello Lawal, on Monday in Abuja, showcased his singing abilities, by performing for drivers and by-standers with his sonorous voice, as a means to raise money for himself and his family.
Lawal, who was accompanied by his elder brother, Shehu, performed on the sidewalks along Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II.
Lawal said: “I like to always sing and people always tell me that I can sing well and my voice is very soft and sweet. Last week, I was singing on the road and a woman gave me money because she liked my voice.
“Shehu told me to come and sing on the road today that it might help us get some money and it seems it is helping.”
Asked if he knew that begging is outlawed in the city, Lawal said he was using his talent to fend for himself and his family members.
He said he was prepared to quit the street if anyone promotes his musical talent. He sang Jesse J’s Price Tag, Justin Bieber’s What do you mean? and an impressive performance of Adele’s Hello.
Kunle Amao, a driver, said: “I am really amazed that this little boy hit every note and tone of Hello perfectly. He is blessed I must say.”