A meme depicting a young boy sitting at a desk, with a pensive look on his face, writing on a piece of paper is currently doing the rounds on social media.

 

Globally, social media users have been asking about the origins of this iconic image, the identity of the boy and context within which the image was taken.

The picture has been edited and widely shared on various social media platforms.

This is Africa managed to trace the origin of the image on Wednesday.

The young boy in the photo captured by photographer, Carlos Court is a four-year-old Ghanaian boy named Jake who simply loves drawing.

The image of the boy was taken by Ghanaian artist, Solomon Adufah. Adufah shared the picture on Instagram in January as part of the artist’s ‘homeland series’ where he travels to various African countries to help underprivileged children in local communities, providing them with resources and teaching creative studies workshops.

The pictures featuring Jack have been widely shared and liked on the artist’s Instagram account.

Presenting Jake, Adufar wrote: “Everyone Say Hi to my buddy Jake. This was moments in Ghana during my Art workshop 🎨 with the kids. Each kid received brand new set of crayons, pencil colors, pencils, toys and other wonderful goodies. The expressions on their faces were heartfelt. I appreciate you all for making this possible for the children and support my cause”.

“I’ve experienced first hand the impact just the little act of kindness can make in the lives of the less privileged. The amount of joy and happiness they have in their heart despite their living conditions speaks volume about their inner beauty”.

Adufah says he hopes the image will be a force for positive change, which can transform the life of Jake and the other children. Adufah has started a fundraising campaign for Jake and his classmates.


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Sources: This is Africa

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