By Jonathan Ugbal: Government House Correspondent
Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade on Friday fulfilled his promise to disabled pop singer, Kelly B by issuing him a cheque of NGN10 million (USD27,739 GBP20,989).
Mr. Ayade had promised the Bekwarra born singer the amount after dancing to his song about Cross River State at the maiden Cross River North Festival (NorthFest) held at Ogoja local government area on September 30, 2017.
He had said that he was impressed by Mr. Kelly’s decision to put behind his challenges and pursue his dream and after dancing with him, promised the sum.
And, almost 6 weeks later, the Chairman of the central planning committee of the NorthFest, Mr. Peter Ojie handed the cheque to Mr. Kelly at a brief ceremony, attended by several government functionaries at Government House Calabar.
An elated Kelly B who goofed throughout his remarks said that: “First of all, I will like to thank God Almighty for a day like this,” and described it as; “A day of joy.”
He continued: “A very big thank you to our dear Governor, Ben Ayade. God bless you your excellency, may God keep blessing you for assisting me, for touching my life.”
Kelly who said he dropped out of school also averred that: “A life that people don’t believe that It can become something. A life that people discluded(sic). Somebody that people look like is nobody.
“I don’t know. Words cannot explain how I feel right now but I have to say very big thanks to you. God bless you your excellency.”
Earlier, the Special Assistant Administration, Mr. Noel Ugbong had said that Kelly was introduced to him through the Program Manager for the pageant.
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