By Wale Mustapha
The dream of every creative artist is to see your craft received and appreciated by the personality he worked on.
Such was the case of Ibrahim Sanni Enesi, a Nigerian footballer who is also known for his craft in drawings.
Enesi is a striker who plays for Kogi United and is gifted in creative drawings. He has used his pencil to sketched many personalities in sports, showbiz and poootivs including Super Eagles’ captain, Ahmed Musa, Alapomeji crooner, 9ice, President Mohammadu Buhari among others.
One of the best Enesi has worked on and looking forward to deliver it was that of the Executive Governor of Kogi State (his own state) His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello and his wives.
Enesi has been craving to present those workings to Governor Bello in person and didn’t know how to go about it.
But fate smell on him on Wednesday 11th of May, 2022 when he was led to meet Governor Bello at Kogi State Government House by the Chief of Staff to His Excellency, Pharmacist Jamiu Asuku and Chief Security Officer to the Governor, Mallam Maleek Isah.
Enesi who could not contain his joy after meeting Governor Bello recount his moments with the Number One citizen of Confluence State and how he was received.
He described the meeting as a dream come through and it made his mother and other members of his family happy, hoping that the breakthrough would open more doors of opportunities for him as an artist.
“I know this is the breakthrough I have been praying for, I am happy because its a dream come through for me.
“The Governor was so happy and wowed by my drawings, he said its one of the beautiful Art works he has seen and received.
“He also spoke with my mum on phone (I made a request for that because it will make her happy and he obliged). They spoke at length. I was extremely happy and astonished by his hospitable behavior towards me.
“The Governor is a humorous, humble, kind hearted & very awesome man, at some point, I almost forgot that he is a Governor because of how we interacted.
“Finally, he ordered for them to tell Chief of Staff to prepare something for me. So am still praying and hoping for what it would be but am optimistic it will worth the wait.”
Asked if he would dump football for creative art, Enesi jokingly responded that its not impossible but he would love to push his football career to higher level before fully settling down to art.
“(Smile), I can’t rule it out o, its what I’d like to do if it can bring more pay, more for now, I want to work more on my football career to more bigger levels, then after I can retire into being a full time artist but its not impossible as times and things change quickly these days,” he said.