The People’s Hero
As so often in life, a new direction can be taken by pure chance.
Malam Umar Wunti is a 43-year-old native of Bauchi, the capital of Bauchi state in northern Nigeria.
Nine years ago, he returned home from working as a shoemaker elsewhere in the country.
A year later, on what he describes as ?a fateful day?, a young boy – aware of Malam?s skill with leather – brought him a damaged football to mend.
So successful was the repair that he did the same for others, gradually becoming convinced he could make a football from scratch.
He did so and for the last nine years that is what he has spent his working time doing as well as training young boys on the craft.