Happy new month, readers!
A whole week has gone by since I last worked on a blog post (school stuff’s been keepin’ me down), but in this blog post I’m bringing to the table something I am certain is worth the wait.
Since Olaedo is a blog by a teen, for teens, and is made of teen-centered content, in this blog post I decided to feature someone I met recently at a football match I was present at. He’s a Gabonese-Nigerian named Franklin Mve, who has become a close friend of mine over time.
Before the football match in question, I had caught a glimpse of him at a previous match somewhere. But then I was just a spectator amidst spectators, and Franklin was just a player in a team of players. Never thinking I would meet him again, I was surprised to see him at a friendly football match held at Pearville School.
That day, I was present at the match as a reporter for my school’s press club – I was in full reporter mode. Being no football critic, but knowing a good player when I see one, I can say that Franklin is a gifted player, as he showed immense prowess on the field. The students and even the teachers of Pearlville School let him know that too after the match.
Needing to know more of this gifted player, I had a chat with him and found out a lot more than I expected:
From a Nigerian father and a Gabonese mother, Franklin Mve Ikemba Franck was born on June 26th, 2005 in Libreville, Gabon’s capital.
In Gabon, his keenness in football began from a very early age, as he started playing small-scale matches when he was only nine years old. He continued this way and grew up to play for football clubs in his home country. To be precise, FC Boca Gabon from 2014 till 2017, Seantos Football club from 2017 till 2019, Irumba FC from 2019 till 2020.
I got to know that he’s in Nigeria only for a short time. But while here, he hasn’t dropped the ball – literally. He’s been playing for the football club, Campos Nigeria since he came here in 2020.
And it gets better. When he’s not killing it on the field, he definitely stuns with his gorgeous pictures on Facebook and Insta . On the sidelines, he’s working on building his TikTok following as he makes scores of eye-catching dance videos (he’s actually an awesome dancer, I’ve found). Take a look at some of his Insta photos:
Like all young footballers, he dreams big. He dreams of European leagues, dreams of playing internationally for Nigeria or Gabon. He dreams of getting into the big leagues and competing with the football titans.
And he’s well on his way to getting there.
To finish up, this article is just the little shot I’m taking in helping my friend get into the limelight as the footballer he aspires to be. It’s one of my bull’s eyes as a person to see young people like me their best – their Gold – with a little help from time to time.
(ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY OLD BLOG)