A young boy stood out in his community by making household appliances using trash. This boy is slowly gaining attention beyond his community and he's the latest personality featured on the TV show First Class Material.
The third episode of First Class Material, brought to you by Linda Ikeji TV and sponsored by First Bank of Nigeria, shines the spotlight on 12-year-old primary school student, Lucky Ekhator.
Lucky, who lost his father at a very young age, began picking trash from the road to use in creating those household appliances that he noticed were lacking in his home.
Speaking on why he began making things of value using waste products, Lucky said: "I start making things with waste materials because I like to imagine things and we don't have it at home. Things that bring light like generator, transformer, fridge that they use at home." He added: "I am an inventor through my imagination. I imagine that if I put two things together, like wires, nut, and plastic, it will form something." Without sophisticated tools, Lucky has managed to build household appliances such as blender, refrigerator, generator, standing fan etc. He has also built a transformer, a speed boat, a mini aeroplane, a tricycle, and more, using plastics and metal scraps.
In the docuseries, Lucky explained how he invented some of his creations with trash.
Justina Ekhator, Lucky's mother, a petty trader, also spoke about her son's talent. She explained that when he was still in primary 4, he began stopping by the roadside to pick scraps while returning home from school.
She explained that she didn't understand it at first and will sometimes chase him out of the house to dispose of the trash.
However, after a while, she decided to let him be, and she was amazed to see him use those waste materials to make a mini aeroplane and a tricycle. From that moment, she said she stopped giving him grief whenever he picks up trash.
Lucky said he gets his materials from the streets. He explained that he "mostly goes to the dustbin where people used to drop their dirty waste material" and he picks them up. He added that he has a "store" where he "couple" whatever he picks up.