Last Updated on April 16, 2020
A high-flying Nigerian student was mocked on social media after creating a face mask for people with breathing problems–unfortunately, the masks themselves weren’t adequately protective as they had holes in them.
Twenty-year-old Ishicheli Grace Kenechi, a first class Anatomy graduate of Delta State University, was showcased by Legit–a Nigerian outlet–for her innovative masks made out of beads.
Legit captioned the tweet introducing the story with: “20-year-old first class Anatomy graduate of Delta State University, Ishicheli Grace Kenechi is making face masks with beads after observing that some people find it hard to breathe with the popular face masks. Isn’t this innovative?”
20-year-old first class Anatomy graduate of Delta State University, Ishicheli Grace Kenechi is making face masks with beads after observing that some people find it hard to breathe with the popular face masks. Isn't this innovative? #LegitStories #payusviaBVN #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/9niWuFlP8Z
— Legit.ng (@legitngnews) April 14, 2020
The proud student modeling the mask was mocked in the comments section for her inefficient creation.
“If this Na first class graduate, imagine how 2:2 or 3rd class go be,” remarked one social media user.
Another wrote: “Might as well snort the coronavirus like cocaine.”
“That defeats the purpose of having the mask to begin with,” a third said.
A fourth commented: “They put her degree, to know how well she performed. They put her university name, to know where she comes from. They put her name and pictures, the face of the clown & then slot in “isn’t this innovative?” Don’t know why some of you are dragging the page sha but I read sarcasm.”
Alongside the comments came various memes poking fun at the situation, including the recently popular African Pallbearer meme.
Corona virus be like pic.twitter.com/mDBj0U3ogH
— Iseunife The First (@Shawnifee) April 14, 2020
Grace reportedly responded to Legit following the social media backlash, where she tried to explain that the masks were to stop people from touching their faces.
She also uses her passion for beading to make fashion accessories, such as earrings and necklaces.