When Adisa Olashile, a corps member in Ibadan, Oyo state, noticed the frequent visits of an aged drummer to the venue of his community development service (CDS), many thoughts ran through his mind.


Here was an old man always beaming with smiles and passionate about entertaining the corps members with his drumming skills each time they gather.

It looked surreal to Adisa and finally, the photographer resolved to do one thing — “to make him smile more with my camera.”

The aged man, simply identified as Baba Onilu, is no model but his charming personality and amazing poses were all Olashile needed for a compelling shoot.


“I always meet this man at the secretariat where we have our CDS, so I decided to make him smile more with my camera. I hope you all see the emotions in his smiles,” he wrote.

After taking his pictures, Olashile realised he could do more for the man than just bring smiles to his face.

He decided to mint the man’s photographs as a non-fungible token (NFT) on OpenSea and sold them for 0.3 Ethereum (Eth) each.


According to Forbes, “An NFT is a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos. They are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency, and they are generally encoded with the same underlying software as many cryptos.”

In his earlier post, the corps member announced that he would be donating 50 percent of proceeds from the initiative to the man.

“Minted baba’s pictures as nft and got them sold immediately. Inshallahu 50% is going to him. Ramadan Kareem,” he added.

In a follow-up post on Friday, the photographer made good on his promise.


He shared a video of himself giving the man the said percentage of the proceeds.

Olashile further gave the man the sum of N100,000 donated to him after his photos went viral. The NFT creator also took the man to the bank to open an account for him.

“Remember Baba Onilu? This is the video of how I gave him 50% of the money made from his picture that minted as NFT on #opensea. Note: I’m not rich, I just felt baba needs the money more, NFT is here to stay and I will be fine later,” he wrote.

Several Nigerians have taken to Twitter to commend Adisa for the gesture.


Here is what some had to say:

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