A young Ghanaian artist, Bright Kpoha, artistically known as Realpen Pencil, on Tuesday entertained guests at Transcrorp Hilton, Abuja, where he did a still life drawing of former President Goodluck Jonathan from the billboard.
Ex-President Jonathan had launched his book, My Transition Hour, as part of activities marking his 61st birthday.
Kpoha was watched in an open space transforming Jonathan’s still image into paper from the billboard placed in front of the Congress Hall, venue of the book launch, NAN reports.
The artist attracted attention of guests going into the hall as well as those denied entrance for not having formal invite.
People gathered to watch Kpoha dramatise his drawing prowess, with his display of dancing, jumping and other skills as he drew Jonathan on paper with pencils.
Kpoha who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria after completing the drawing process, said he was motivated to draw the former President as part of his contribution to the book launch.
“I just want to present this sketch to former President Jonathan as a way of my contribution to the launching of his book, My Transition Hours.
He said he had done sketch drawing for 13 years and that it takes him an average of 50 minutes to sketch an image on paper.
“I did not check the time that I started this particular sketch, but people watching me should know. I am sure this was not up to 50 minutes,” Kpoha said.
The young Ghanaian said that his wish was to get one of the aides to the former President to help him present the sketched image to Jonathan as a gift.
Kpoha said he arrived Nigeria for a competition about two weeks ago and he decided to stay to explore his drawing talent in Nigeria.
Kpoha said he was born on March 24, 1998 at Akatsi in the Volta region of Ghana, but he grew up in Lome, Togo, where he lost his parents when he was a mere two-year-old.
“I survived through entertaining my peers and adults in my neighbourhood,” the artist said.
He noted that he discovered his real talent at the age of seven, when he began to draw people with pens and pencils in a unique style, hence the nickname, Realpen Pencil.