Mr Osinowo, a comic artist, presented the comic picture of the governor at the event, which he had earlier posted on his Instagram handle @bodataiye_oniyakuya, which attracted the attention of the governor.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday received a caricature of his official photo, drawn by a youth, Taiwo Osinowo.
Mr Sanwo-Olu received this in Ikeja during the Lagos Youth Symposium organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
The artist said he was warned not to honour the governor’s invitation for fear of possible arrest.The symposium with the theme: ”Rebuilding for Greatness: Peaceful Conflict Resolution” was aimed at brokering reconciliation with the youth in the state.
Receiving the comic art, Mr Sanwo-Olu said that his administration would boost creativity inherent in youths of the state.
The governor said the state government would be reviewing the secondary school curriculum to align with enhancing creativity in youths.
The artist, then, threatened to show up at the governor’s office to present the humorous image. The artist’s audacity elicited Mr Sanwo-Olu’s response under the viral post, inviting the artist to present the funny drawing.
The governor received the drawing and rewarded the artist for his effort.
Visibly excited after meeting the governor, bodataiye_oniyakuya, who attended the event with his twin brother, thanked Mr Sanwo-Olu for encouraging his talent. He said that he received messages from his Instagram followers warning him not to honour the governor’s invitation for fear of possible arrest.
“It has been so remarkable that bodataiye_oniyakuya has a picture of me, that he has taken. And in front of all you 7,000 Lagosians, youths, the leaders of tomorrow, to hand over the picture to me knowing that nothing will happen to him.
“I am truly excited with the creativity we have in Lagos, with the amount of skills that is available in Lagos, because indeed, there are several of them that we need to bring forward. There are several artists, there are several scientists.
“I want to tell you that we are changing the curriculum to ensure that music, song, entertainment, fashion, we begin to do it from our secondary school. And so that the likes of Taiye Oniyakuya will be an envy of the world, will be somebody that all of us will truly, really be proud of,” he said.
See reactions below…
“I drew His Excellency, Governor of Lagos State @jidesanwoolu. I thank God for the successful work
“I think his Excellency will love it. I still remain the best artist in UAR.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu replied: “Really? So, it’s me you drew like this?
“I’m guessing you’ll like to present it to me, abi? Ok, come and present it to me in my office. Hmmmm…”
@chudynick said: “Your Excellency, you can appreciate the artist from afar.”
@m.o_sneh: “99 years imprisonment loading….”
@vera_classic_hairs: “This one is 600 years (in prison) for him.”
@nwokoezekingsley: “If only they knew the governor @jidesanwoolu is also catching cruise with all of these.
“No hard feelings. @bodataiye_oniyakuya … go and present it alongside a better one. Him no go kill you… him no bad like that.”
@itz_bigjamo: “@bodataiye_oniyakuya werey, what are you thinking again? hahaha lol.
“Our governor na father. He can’t do you anything bad than to encourage you bro.
“Trust this it just normal internet freak, but sure our governor is a nice person. All the best to you bro.”