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“My aunty will kill me if I take you to our house” — 9 year old groundnut hawker who says he wants to go back to school


Last week photographs of a 9 year old boy later identified as Sunday Nwaeke who was photographed by street photographer Benneth Nwankwo hawking groundnut in the premises of Federal Polytechnic Oko Anambra State went viral online and since then 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.

Today he was spotted again by the photographer hawking cold sachet water and when asked for his house address or the Aunty’s phone number he declined almost with a teary eyes.

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.

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