It is not often that we get to meet our celebrity heroes. However, thanks to social media, it has become a much more common occurrence. One example is Eli Waduba Yusuf, a Nigerian artist. Back in 2019, Eli had posted a fantastic sketch of Kevin Hart, one of his heroes. Amazingly, it did reach Hart, and his response has completely changed the youngster’s life.
The Start Of Eli’s Interaction With Kevin Hart
In his original post, Yusuf introduced himself as “a hyperrealism pencil artist”. He hails from Nigeria’s Kaduna. Hyper-realism is a type of art where real-life objects are depicted as a sketch using graphite and pencil.
While talking to ABCNews, Yusuf had said that Hart was his favorite comedian. This drawing was his gift and his way of conveying his feelings of gratitude to Hart.
He had hoped that fellow Twitter users would retweet his work till it reached Kevin Hart. Here is his original tweet:
And Twitter users obliged the youngster’s request. In fact, when Kevin Hart saw the artwork he was so impressed that he immediately wanted to buy it. He even offered more work to Eli, according to his tweet:
Kevin’s reply then gave another burst of life to Eli’s impressive artwork. It received more than 426K likes. Needless to say, Yusuf could hardly believe what he saw. While speaking to BBC, he said that Hart’s reply blew his mind, and that “it was like a dream”.
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How Eli’s Life Changed Ever Since
Yusuf then went to speak on the changes that took place a short while after that interaction with Kevin Hart. He explained that, before that tweet, he was no more than a local artist who wished to share his work with the world. He had no idea something like this would occur suddenly.
Eli thanks his mother for her support for Eli’s dream, even though she never received a proper education. His inspiration was Azine Stanley, a Nigerian engineer, activist, photographer, and artist. Stanley’s best-known pieces are his hyper-realistic arts using pencils.
For Eli, Stanley showed him art’s possibilities. It made him decide to reproduce everything he sees and make them look better. Ever since he finds new ways to improve each day and in each new piece of art. Eli says, he makes sure “each of my new work is always better than my previous one.”