Arsenal star player, Mesut Ozil, has been hailed both online and offline following his kind gesture towards a young Kenyan herds boy identified as Lawrence Masira.
Lawrence was pictured around December tending to a herd of cattle in the streets of Nairobi, the country’s capital, while wearing a self-inscribed jersey of his football idol, Mesut Ozil.
The picture was posted on Twitter by Eric Njiru who had taken photo shots after spotting and reaching out to the boy.
Njiru tagged the Arsenal midfielder in the post, asking followers to make sure that it reaches the footballer. His tweet quickly went viral.
I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves @MesutOzil1088 so much(You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real @Arsenal shirt. pic.twitter.com/ojDbf1Loil
— Eric Njiru (@Erik_Njiru) December 3, 2018
“I saw this kid today grazing in the streets of Nairobi – a city without really grass for cows. He told me he loves Mesut Özil so much (You can see his shirt). Maybe one day this can reach Ozil and get a real Arsenal shirt.”
Thanks to the power of social media, the post did reach the football star. Ozil reached out by sending gifts to the herd boy, but due to some factors, it took three month before the gift could reach Lawrence.
The herds boy, was on Monday presented with signed Arsenal shirts that were sent to him from London by Ozil through Njiru.
On learning about the delivery, the Arsenal playmaker took to Twitter to express his gratitude.
The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. ??❤ And look at Lawrence now – it's so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy??? #SocialMediaPower ?? #HappyToAssist #Nairobi #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/nQWgc0cABt
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) March 11, 2019
“The picture of a Kenyan boy with a self-made shirt on Twitter touched me so much. And look at Lawrence now – it’s so heartwarming to see him and his brothers happy.”
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